Oboe Jennifer Montbach

Oboist Jennifer Montbach is the founder and artistic director of Radius Ensemble, named Boston's Best (2016) by the Improper Bostonian, in residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College since 2011. She is known for her “evocative lyricism and nuanced phrasing” (Bay Windows) and has appeared with orchestras and ensembles throughout New England, including Ambient Orchestra, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Composers in Red Sneakers, among others.

Jennifer has a passion for working with young musicians. In addition to private students, she has taught at the Rivers School Conservatory summer program, at the Boston Conservatory extension program, and at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer and competition adjudicator at New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Clark University in Worcester. As part of Radius Ensemble’s annual composition competition, she workshops new compositions with student composers at Longy and selects the winner for public performance on the Radius Ensemble concert series. She has recently joined the faculty at Concord Conservatory of Music.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard College and a Master of Music in oboe performance from New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Laura Ahlbeck and Alfred Genovese, then principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also studied with Richard Killmer at Eastman School of Music prior to transferring to Harvard. Jennifer is president of the Concord Association of Music Parents and a member of the West Concord Junction Cultural District Committee. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jennifer is a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and mentors families of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.