Oboist Anna Pennington has performed solo, orchestral, opera, and chamber music throughout Europe and the Americas. She has been a part of numerous chamber ensembles performing live on National Public Radio and at Lincoln Center and has made appearances at many international venues, including Carnegie Hall. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Charleston (SC) Symphony, and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now Sarasota Orchestra.) Festival appearances include the New Texas Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Salzburger Festspiele.
In 2003, Anna signed with EMI Classics as solo oboist of the Planets, a classical-fusion ensemble based in London. She appeared as a soloist with the Florida State University Symphony after winning the concerto competition in 2005, performing the John Corigliano Oboe Concerto to enthusiastic accolades. She has been involved in numerous recording projects, including the Jacksonville Symphony’s first CD, featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Dr. Pennington was appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music in 2007. During this time she was principal oboist of the Gulf Coast Symphony, second oboe/English horn of the Mobile Symphony, and English horn of the Pensacola Symphony. She also toured extensively, giving recitals and master classes throughout the Southern US and Brazil as a member of Category 5, the faculty quintet in residence at the university. Most recently, Anna joined the United States Army Band at West Point, where, as a Staff Sergeant, she serves as principal oboe and performs with the West Point Woodwind Quintet.
A Texas native, Anna’s degrees are from the University of Texas, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Florida State University. Her teachers have included Joseph Robinson, Eric Ohlsson, John Snow, and Beth Sanders.