Eastern Mennonite University

Praised for “exemplary bravura” (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation” (Baltimore Sun), Sandra Gerster is delighted to return to Harrisonburg as principal oboist of her 21st Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Gerster performs regularly with the Baltimore, Maryland, and Annapolis Symphonies, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Bach Concert Series. As a founding member of the acclaimed oboe trio, Trio La Milpa, she performs with members of the Baltimore Symphony oboe section in venues throughout New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. In August, 2007, the ensemble concertized throughout Greenland, the first American ensemble to do so.

From 1993 to 2005 Ms. Gerster lived in Virginia, performing with the Richmond and Virginia (Norfolk) Symphonies, as well as Virginia Opera and Williamsburg Symphonia. Formerly she was Principal Oboist of the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Opera New England and a founding member of the Soni Fidelis Quintet. As Principal Oboist of the New Sousa Band from 1992 – 1998, she played throughout the US and Japan, often as a featured soloist. Ms. Gerster has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets and in 1998 was invited to participate in a special chamber music concert in London for Prime Minister Tony Blair and designated members of his Cabinet.

Ms. Gerster is married to fellow oboist Michael Lisicky, a member of the Baltimore Symphony. They are the proud parents of their 14-year-old daughter, Jordan, a brilliant visual artist and softball catcher.