• Crystal Hall, oboe

    Crystal Hall, oboe

    Oboist Crystal Stohr Hall has enjoyed a diverse career, spanning from the concert hall to the classroom. Originally from St. Paul, MN, she has studied and performed in Oberlin, OH, Austin TX, Chicago, IL ,and is now back in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA.

    Teaching experience includes Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and the MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis, MN), as well as master classes at the University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH), the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), and Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN). She has also participated in many classroom residencies in elementary and middle schools in Chicago and Minneapolis, integrating music into non-music academic classrooms and has presented workshops on her work as a teaching artist.

    As a performer, Ms. Hall serves as a substitute musician for the Minnesota Orchestra and plays with several area ensembles. She has held regular positions with the Illinois Symphony (Springfield, IL) and the Rockford Symphony (Rockford, IL), and has been a guest musician with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Elgin (IL) Symphony, the Florida West Coast Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Summer festival appearances include the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta), the Round Top Music Festival (Round Top, TX), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (Bowdoin, ME), Midsummer’s Music Festival (Door County, WI), and the Marrowstone Music Festival (Bellingham, WA, as faculty).

    An avid chamber musician and new music advocate, Ms. Hall was the oboist and director of education for Chicago-based new music ensemble Fifth House from 2005-2012 and performed in venues around the city and the country, from Arizona to Wisconsin. In 2014, she co-founded the Stone Arch Collective, an oboe and strings chamber music group made up of MacPhail teaching artists. Stone Arch was on the Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artist Roster for the 2015-2016 season. In 2017 she received a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant to commission 3 new works and present them in residencies at two Minneapolis schools.

    Ms. Hall holds degrees in oboe performance from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and the University of Texas at Austin (MM).