Chicago Philharmonic Principal Oboe Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan
Q. Who inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. It’s not so much as who but what. When I was in third grade three older kids came into my music class. One played the violin, another the trumpet and the last the clarinet. The teacher gave us all a permission slip to take home to our parents asking if we would like to study one of those instruments. My parents said that they didn’t like the trumpet or violin so I began studying music on the clarinet. At the end of fifth grade I was asked if I wanted to take up the oboe. I said yes. In those days they only asked someone to play the oboe if they were doing well on another instrument. I loved playing the oboe! I suppose I was inspired most by the success that followed.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. As principal oboe, I would love to see the CPO grow if the money gods see fit. More concerts and some educational programs (especially with the dirth of music in our public schools ) would be wonderful. I think it would be good to explore classical music from all over the world. Reaching out is a very healthy thing!

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. The esprit de corps of the CPO is excellent but we need to perform more often together to bring the orchestra to the next level. Practice makes perfect!

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