Johanna Cox Pennington, oboe
Johanna Cox Pennington, Associate Professor of Oboe at Louisiana State University, joined the faculty in Fall 2011. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, Pennington was chosen for Eastman’s Freiburg Exchange Program, which took her to Germany to study with soloist Heinz Holliger at the Freiburg Musikhochschule. She performed her Carnegie Hall solo debut in October of 2005, of which the New York Concert Review stated, “…a solid recital of high standard, excellent musicianship, and a sense of taste and proportion.” Pennington has been featured as soloist on the “Live from Hochstein” broadcast on WXXI FM radio in her hometown of Rochester, NY, where she won her first concerto competition at age 17 and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She can be heard on Albany Records with the Prairie Winds and the Musical Arts Quintet.
Pennington is a spirited musician who has performed as a guest artist with several notable orchestras including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Symphony. She has taught oboe clinics, given master classes, and performed recitals at major universities, both domestic and international, taking her in recent years to Brazil, China, Italy, Germany, England, Spain, France, Romania and Greece. Her first solo CD, “Orion Nocturne, World Premiere Music for Oboe and English horn,” was released in 2018 on Albany Records.