Amelia Van Howe | Oboist

Amelia Van Howe is a freelance oboist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is also the owner of the oboe reed making company Sunshine Reeds.


Amelia Van Howe is a freelance oboist and English Horn player in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where she is in high demand as an orchestral performer. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the York Symphony Orchestra (York, PA), the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (Johnstown PA), the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Greensburg PA), and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson MI), among others.

She earned third prize in the 2018 National Society of Arts & Letters Pittsburgh Chapter Music Competition and was the winner of the 2017 Duquesne University Concerto Competition where she performed the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Van Howe was also a finalist in the 2017 & 2014 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition (Spokane WA) and the 2016 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions & Music Awards competition (Wichita KS). She was a winner of the 2014 First United Methodist Church of Birmingham Young Artist Competition (Birmingham MI) and took third place in the 2014 White Lake Chamber Music Festival Solo Performance Competition (White Lake MI).

Ms. Van Howe is a dedicated teacher, managing both her own private studio and teaching for music centers around Pittsburgh including Brighton Music Center.

Ms. Van Howe is also an avid chamber musician. She is the solo oboist & English Hornist for the Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh Wind Quintet and frequently performs with the Kamratōn Ensemble; a Pittsburgh-based new music ensemble dedicated to promoting women in music.

In addition to her performance, Ms. Van Howe is a professional oboe reed maker for MKL Reeds and is the sole owner and reed maker for Sunshine Reeds. 

Ms. Van Howe has attended the John Mack Oboe Camp (Little Switzerland, NC) and has attended many prestigious summer festivals including the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival (Madeline Island, WI), the Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, MA), and the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI).  

She is currently working towards her Artist Diploma at Duquesne University where she studies with Scott Bell. She earned her Master of Music from Duquesne University and her Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University where she studied with Jan Eberle. 

Ms. Van Howe shares her apartment with her fiancé Robert and their rabbit, Figaro. In her (very limited!) spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, The X-Files, Seinfeld, foreign cinema, and crossword puzzles.