A native of Kokomo, Ind., Scott Hostetler received his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of John Mack. He subsequently studied with Elaine Douvas at the Juilliard School in New York.
An active teacher as well as performer, Hostetler has coached the oboe section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago since 2006. He currently is on the faculty at Northwestern University, and he also has taught at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Describe an unforgettable musical moment (as a performer or as a listener) you had as a young musician.
When I was 16, a violinist from the Indianapolis Symphony heard me play at a competition and invited me to perform with his string quartet. It was the first time I played with professional musicians, and it was a real honor.
Why did you choose your instrument?
My mother played flute in our local community orchestra. I used to go and listen to the rehearsals, and that’s when I first heard the oboe. I fell in love with the sound and decided I had to play it. I played saxophone at the time, but I was so obsessed with the oboe that I tried to craft a double reed by cutting up my saxophone reeds and tying the pieces together! (It didn’t work.) I also used to go to the music store and look at the oboe method books so I could memorize the oboe fingerings before I ever got my first oboe.
Offstage, I like to:
Making oboe and English horn reeds takes up a lot of my time, but fortunately, I can usually watch TV while working. So I like to watch a lot of movies and TV shows!
What work are you most looking forward to performing this season, and why?
Sibelius’ Four Legends from the Kalevala [in April]. One movement of this piece, called The Swan of Tuonela, is an extended English horn solo. It’s a beautiful piece, and I’ve never performed it before.
What is your most memorable CSO performance?
My first concert with CSO in Carnegie Hall in 2002. It was a dream of mine to play there, and, to this day, it’s one of my favorite halls to play in.
HOMETOWN: Kokomo, Ind.
YEAR JOINED THE CSO: 2002.
EDUCATION: The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.