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 an oboist and freelancer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. 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 is in high demand as an orchestral performer. She has substituted with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (Johnstown, PA), the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Greensburg, PA), the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, MI), the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra (Edgewood, PA), the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and regularly performs with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duquesne University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She has also performed with the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band.

She was the winner of the 2017 Duquesne University Concerto Competition where she performed the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Duquesne Unviersity Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Van Howe was 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 also an avid chamber musician. She is the solo oboist for the Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh Wind Quintet and performed with Duquesne University's Triano Wind Quintet for their 2017 season. 

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) for the past eight years and has attended many prestigious summer festivals including 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). 


Ms. Van Howe shares her apartment with her boyfriend Robert and their two rabbits, Rosina and Figaro. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, The X-Files, foreign cinema, and crossword puzzles.