New York native Andrew Port is thrilled to enter his second year as a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2023-24 season. In the past year, he has performed regularly as second oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and appeared as guest principal oboe with the Peoria Symphony. Before moving to Chicago, Port appeared as a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, both as principal oboe and second oboe during the 2021-22 season, and has also performed alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood on Parade, the Boston Ballet, Opera Parallèle, the Eureka! Ensemble and more.
A strong believer in thoughtful and engaging programming for both orchestral and chamber music settings, Port is an avid performer of chamber music with winds and strings. He was a founding member of the award-winning woodwind sextet Les Six in Boston, which performed at multiple historic venues, including the Museum of Fine Art and Boston Public Library.
During his summers, Port has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its Ravinia Festival residency and attended notable music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra and Verbier Music Camp. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music performance from New England Conservatory, where he studied with John Ferrillo and Anne Gabriele. He holds an additional certificate of professional studies from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Eugene Izotov, and is also a graduate of the Juilliard School’s pre-college program, where he was a student of the late Richard Dallessio.
In November 2023, he is set to make his solo debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s Concerto in A Major for Oboe D’Amore.