Jane Murray (Oboe and English horn)

 Where did you grow up? Jamestown RI
Where do you live now? After many years of living elsewhere I am lucky to be back in beautiful Jamestown.

Educational Background: BMUS in oboe performance from Boston University MM in Music Education from URI

Personal info (family, kids, pets, etc.) husband, wood artist Doug Brill. 3 dogs: Kaya ( blue heeler) Izzy ( Cavalier King Charles spaniel) and Cleo ( papillon/chiuahua mix). 2 cats Cosmo and Lily

How did you get started in music? My mother was a choral director and pianist. I started turning pages for her when I was 5 yrs old,then I took piano lessons, played guitar in high school , and after many years of begging and pleading, began oboe lessons as a high school senior.

When did you join the Rhode Island Philharmonic? 1978-could I really be this old!!!

What are your non-RIPO musical activities? Northeast Chamber Ensemble ( woodwind quintet and trio) as well as freelance work throughout New England

What is the question you’re asked most often when you tell people you play with the RIPO? Do you get paid for that?

What is your favorite RIPO memory to date? When pianist Alexander Toradze walked through the orchestra to kiss my hand for his solo bow after our performance of the Ravel piano concerto!

Do you teach? Yes If so, where? at URI , Salve Regina University,St. George's school and in my home studio

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would be your dream job? I love animals, so I guess it would be animal handler or trainer.

What are your non-musical hobbies? cooking Thai food, gardening, kayaking and roller blading

Who or what has been your greatest influence, musical or otherwise? My oboe teacher at BU: John Holmes.

What is your favorite music? I am a Bach-a-holic, but I also love Ravel and Shostakovich

What are you currently listening to? the complete cantatas of JS Bach

What/where do you like to eat in the Providence area? Tokyo on Wickendon and Apsara on Elmwood, also Galaxie in Cranston

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? As my first year in RIPO was Madeira's last, I have played for every one of the conductors in RIPO's history!

If you have any web sites or social media sites you’d like to link to from riphil.org, please list them here:  http://www.uri.edu/artsci/mus/Faculty_Staff/Murray.html

Jane's husband Doug's Woodworking site: http://www.dougbrill.com/