Department of Music & Theatre
Lara Wilmot Lay, adjunct oboe instructor, earned her B.A. in 1989 in music performance with a minor in education from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her major teachers were Elizabeth Camus and John Mack of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She continued her modern oboe studies as a graduate assistant at Florida State University, studying with Eric Ohlsson, earning her M.M. in oboe performance in 1991, and continuing into the doctoral program at FSU. While at FSU, she also pursued an M.M. in musicology and became enamored of early music on original instruments. As a result, she now plays shawms, recorders, crumhorns, and baroque oboe. She was also involved with the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, playing with the IU Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Stanley Ritchie. She has studied with baroque oboists Stephen Hammer, Gonzalo Ruiz Washington McLain, John Abberger, and George Riordan. Professionally, she has played baroque oboe with the St. Clements Baroque Orchestra in Chicago, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the 17th Century in Washington D.C, and currently plays with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and Nashville ’s Music City Baroque. She has also maintained a professional free-lance modern oboe career, playing with regional orchestras and chamber groups, including the Huntsville Symphony, Shoals Symphony, Gadsden Symphony, Valley Conservatory, Huntsville Chamber Winds, Grace Notes, and many local theater, opera and church productions.