Toyin Spellman-Diaz has developed a reputation as a world-class oboist. As an orchestral musician, she has performed in the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Orchestra of St. Lukes, and has worked with such conductors as Kurt Masur, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mstislav Rostropovitch. As an educator, she has written two music-telling performance pieces for Imani Winds, a performance practice that incorporates music into the telling of a story by using the instruments as props and as integral parts of the story-telling process. Ms. Spellman-Diaz was acclaimed as a "standout oboist with smooth, controlled tone and excellent technique" in the Washington Post when she performed the Goosens Oboe Concerto at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed concerti with Chicago Civic Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi and the Antara Ensemble. She attended the Oberlin Conservatory where she achieved her Bachelor of Music degree, and received her Masters and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Spellman-Diaz has studied with Joe Robinson, James Caldwell, Joe Turner, and Alex Klein. She is currently on faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Precollege Division.
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe