Praised for “exemplary bravura” (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation” (Baltimore Sun), Sandra Gerster is a busy musician who is delighted to celebrate her 25th anniversary as Principal Oboist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra!

Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Gerster performs regularly with the Baltimore, Maryland and Annapolis Symphonies. As Principal Oboist of the Bach in Baltimore orchestra, Ms. Gerster performs Bach cantatas each month and is a frequent featured concerto soloist. A founding member of the acclaimed oboe trio, Trio La Milpa, she concertizes throughout the US with members of the Baltimore Symphony oboe section. In August, 2007, the trio became the first American musical ensemble to tour Greenland. 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. As a founding member of the Soni Fidelis Quintet, Ms. Gerster made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1989 and worked with celebrities such as Susan Saint James and Captain Kangaroo. Ms. Gerster has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets and in 1998 participated in a special chamber music concert in London for Prime Minister Tony Blair and designated members of his Cabinet.

Currently a faculty member of the Peabody Institute of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts, Ms. Lisicky has previously held teaching appointments at more than twenty educational institutions, including James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, and the Universities of Richmond and Connecticut.

Ms. Gerster is married to fellow oboist Michael Lisicky, a member of the Baltimore Symphony, and they are the proud parents of 18-year-old Jordan….a brilliant illustrator about to start college at the School of Visual Arts in New York!