Roger Roe

Roger Roe has served as English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1995, serving as Acting Principal Oboe for six of those years. He has been featured with the ISO and other orchestras as soloist on English horn, oboe and oboe d’amore, as well as serving as narrator and creative director for children’s concerts.  In addition to his duties with the orchestra, Roger has taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 2001. He is proud to say that his students hold positions in some of America’s leading orchestras, as well as in other ensembles around the world. He is equally proud of his students who have gone on to become successful teachers, band directors, lawyers, and moms and dads. Roger is an active recitalist and chamber musician, having played concerts in recent years in locales as far flung as Israel and Bulgaria, in addition to numerous American venues. He is a champion of new music for oboe and English horn and has premiered several new pieces in addition to commissioning new works. Last year, he recorded chamber music for oboe, viola and piano with Michael Isaac Strauss and R. Kent Cook, for an album to be released later this year on the Oberlin label. Roger is interested in theatricality and improvisation in music as well as the intersection of music and spirituality. In his time away from music, he enjoys travel and running