22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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The Multifaceted Career: Merideth Hite Estevez

Wednesday • January 29, 2020   |   12:00 pm

Longy School of Music of Bard College is proud to present The Multifaceted Career Speaker Series featuring conversations with musicians who defy categorization. As an essential component of Longy’s career coaching program, this series fosters an exploration of how we (re)define individual success in our diverse and growing field.

“Luminous sound and gorgeous phrasing…remarkable…exquisite.”American Record Guide (2018)


Oboist Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez has performed and taught throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Currently Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of Delaware, Merideth is an active freelancer and sought-after recitalist. Recent solo appearances include Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with Music School of Delaware’s Faculty Gala Ensemble and Strauss’ Concerto with UNCSA Symphony.Orchestral credits include English horn with Chamber Orchestra of NY, PhillyPOPS, OperaDelaware, Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of St. Luke’s,as well as innovative shows like the “Rite of Spring Dance Party” with Experiential Orchestra (NYC). This season includeschamber music collaborations with Copeland String Quartet on Arthur Bliss’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings, Britten’s Fantasy Quartetwith Serafin Ensemble, and upcoming recitals with Christiana Winds, faculty quintet in residence at UD.


Merideth’s education has taken her all over the world. She is a graduate of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Yale School of Music, as well as a Fulbright Scholar to Germany. In 2013, she graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe from the The Juilliard School. She has also completed Teaching Artist Training over three summers at Lincoln Center Education in NYC, including instruction in their groundbreaking Aesthetic Education curriculum. As passionate teaching artist, Merideth loves using her oboe to make music accessible to all types of audiences, crafting concerts and educational experiences for communities and classrooms alike. She has worked in schools throughout Delaware and provided professional development opportunities for teachers through her work with Delaware Institute for Arts in Education (DiAE).


Merideth’s first album, recorded with pianist and duo partner, Dr. Jani Parsons, debuted April 2018. Beau Soir: French Music for Oboe and Piano can be purchased on Amazon or streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.


As director of Lumina Arts Incubator, a ministry of Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington DE, Merideth works with artists of all disciplines who struggle with creative block, and all who are interested in exploring the intersection between creativity and spirituality. She resides in Wilmington with her husband Rev. Edwin Estevez and their daughter Eva Ruth.



Wednesday • January 29, 2020
12:00 pm
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