Lauren Arel Casto, Oboe

Lauren Arel Casto is an enthusiastic performer, teacher, and member of the community currently residing in the greater D.C. area. She has been described as an “elegant” and “engaging” oboist, and an “inspiring” and “comprehensive” teacher. 
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Casto is passionate about performing in various types of orchestras, including Bloomington Bach Cantata Orchestra, Willimantic Philharmonic, Second Winds Ensemble, as well as the school ensembles at Indiana University and the University of Maryland. Lauren has performed in a variety of orchestral works, some captivating highlights including Beethoven’s Symphonies 3 and 7, Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel, Brahms Requiem, Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Schönberg’s Les Miserables

Casto enjoys collaborating in various chamber ensembles, especially by contemporary composers. She has had the pleasure of performing in world premieres with the TEMPO Ensemble by composers including William Kenlon and Geoff Sheil. Additionally, Lauren is an advocate for new music, having commissioned “From the Apricot Tree,” for oboe and viola, by Alexandra T. Bryant, for her previous professor, Mr. Mark Hill and his wife, Ms. Katherine Murdock.

As an oboe pedagogue, Lauren teaches aspiring oboists at any level. She has developed a detailed curriculum, including technical studies, etudes, and repertoire for students at any level. Students of Casto refine their skills in technique, production of sound, reed making, and performing. Her students have achieved various accomplishments including Connecticut All-State Wind Ensemble, Principal Oboe for Eastern Regions Festival Orchestra, and Gold for Indiana Solo and Ensemble Festival.  

Lauren holds her Masters Degree in Oboe from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Oboe Performance and Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary instructors include Roger Roe, Linda Strommen, Mark Hill, and Fatma Daglar.