Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist - Oboe

Xiomara Mass


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Xiomara Mass began her musical training at the age of four and made her solo debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra when she was thirteen. Two years later Ms. Mass was accepted into the Conservatorio de Música where she studied with David Bourns, former principal of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and Pedro Díaz, solo English Horn of the Metropolitan Opera. Xiomara has also worked with such renowned oboists as Elaine Douvas, Liang Wang, Nathan Hughes, Humbert Lucarelli, and Hansjörg Schellenberger.

She has been invited to participate in many prestigious music festivals, including FOSJA in Puerto Rico, the John Mack Oboe Camp, Tercer Festival de Dobles Cañas in Panama, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Domaine Forget, St. Barth's Music Festival, and the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Mass is a first prizewinner of the Tuesday Musical State Scholarship Competition in Akron, Ohio, and the first Chamber Music Competition at the Conservatorio de Música as a member of her woodwind quintet.

Xiomara holds a B.M. in Oboe Performance and an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, where she graduated with highest honors under the tutelage of Alex Klein and Robert Walters. She is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is studying with Eugene Izotov.

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