Jeffrey Rathbun

Lecturer in Oboe
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music

Jeffrey Rathbun

Lecturer of Oboe Jeffrey Rathbun

M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M., University of North Texas


Jeffrey Rathbun became assistant principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1990 and served as principal oboe from 2001 to 2003. Rathbun was previously a member of the Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland and Honolulu symphony orchestras. In 1988, he won first prize in the Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players held at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall where he also gave his New York debut recital in April 1990. He has taught at Kent State University and Kent-Blossom Chamber Music Festival, has been a visiting oboe professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University and has given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and others. A graduate of the University of North Texas, where earned a Bachelor of Music and studied with Charles Veazey, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned a Master of Music and studied with John Mack, Rathbun is an active composer of chamber and orchestral works. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser Co., Jeanne, Inc. and Amoris International. The Cleveland Orchestra presented the world premiere of Rathbun's “Daredevil” in 1995, his “Three Psalms of Jerusalem” in August 1998, and in January 2000 his “Motions for Cellos” was premiered by the Orchestra's cello section. Mr. Rathbun's compositions have been conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, and Franz Welser-Moest.


His solo oboe CD "Color Factory" is available at

Photo courtesy of Roger Mastroianni.