Titus Underwood appointed Principal Oboist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra


We are delighted with the news that Titus Underwood, a long-standing collaborator of Chineke!, has been appointed Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Titus has auditioned and served in the interim position since 2017. He was finally awarded the coveted role by Nashville Symphony’s Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, who praised his "tremendous sensitivity and skill as a musician."

Titus has played the oboe from an early age, the youngest child in a large family of musicians. He obtained a Master of Music from the Juilliard School where he studied with Elaine Douvas. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a pupil of John Mack, legendary principal oboist of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Underwood has performed as Guest Associate Principal of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Orchestra. He has also played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. He was an Oboe Fellow at Aspen Music Festival and has performed at the Grand Tetons Festival. He will serve as Principal Oboe at the Bellingham Music Festival (Bellingham, WA) later this summer. Titus joined Chineke!’s UK tour this summer and performed in the Chineke! Ensemble at Wigmore Hall.

Heartfelt congratulations, Titus, on this well-deserved new role!

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