Oboist Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez has performed and taught throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. As the founder of a new artist service organization in Wilmington, Lumina Arts Incubator, she works to bring artists together in community to unleash joy. A ministry of Grace United Methodist Church, Lumina explores creativity, spirituality and service with artists of all faiths and creeds in the Wilmington Delaware area and beyond. She recently held positions as Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston Salem), The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) and Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative ten-piece chamber ensemble in Chicago. Before Chicago, she resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player. A passionate teaching artist, Merideth recently completed training at the Lincoln Center Education (LCE) Summer Forum in NYC.
When she’s not playing oboe or teaching, Merideth enjoys traveling the world and attempting to speak foreign languages with a southern accent. She hails from Abbeville, SC, but now calls Wilmington, DE home, where she resides with her husband, Rev. Edwin Estevez.