Dwight Parry

Instrument: Oboe

Education: BM, USC with Allan Vogel and David Weiss; MM, Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack

Hometown: Ventura, California 

Neighborhood: Oakley

Joined the CSO in 2007

Professional experiences: International chamber music and concerto appearances from Japan to South Africa. Teacher at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Interlochen. Various guest appearances at festivals and universities. Locally: Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and the Linton Chamber Music Series.

Inspiration as a musician: People. Social interaction, relationships, peace and drama, excitement and repose. Music is an expression of everything in life, including nature and technology, but particularly the ways in which we interact with other people.

Favorite orchestral work: Mahler Symphony No. 2

Activities outside of the CSO: DIY weekend warrior on my property! Building things, fixing things, breaking things, then fixing them again. Playing disc golf. Cooking fancy meals.

Current playlist: I usually listen to classic rock, jazz or NPR while driving. 

Favorite thing to do in Cincinnati: Visit our many excellent parks, especially those hidden gems that I hope remain hidden! 

Favorite food: Thai

Fun fact: I used to ride dirt bikes in the desert every weekend with my dad when I was a kid. I’m more cautious about bodily injury, but playing the oboe is like a high wire act so I still take risks!

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? By inviting any and all to come share in this beautiful community of music.