Oscar Petty is a native of New Jersey. He has studied at the Mannes College of Music, Hartt School of Music. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Montclair State University and a Master’s Degree in Oboe from Rutgers University Mason Gross School for the Arts. His teachers have included Stephen Adelstein, Leonard Arner, Marsha Heller, Bert Lucarelli, Matt Sullivan and Richard Killmer. Petty is a Yamaha Artist and gives master classes throughout the United States.
Hailed by the press as a brilliant and captivating oboist, Petty has served as principal oboist of the Rome Festival Orchestra, and has toured Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada. He was one of only four finalists to be awarded an Orchestral Performance Fellowship to the first Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, where Leonard Bernstein described Petty’s playing as “a gorgeous oboe sound.”
He has performed at the New Jersey Mozart Festival, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Petty was awarded a fellowship to the American Conservatory of Music at Fontainebleau, France. He has performed in master classes at the Bach Aria Institute at New York University, American Oboist Conference at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. His chamber music performances have included the Muir and Essex String Quartets. He has performed under such notable conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Hogwood, Daniel Lewis and Herbert Blomstedt. He also has served as Principal Oboe for the Staten Island Symphony, Virtuosi de Camera, the Bergen Philharmonic and the Westfield Symphony. He served as assistant Principal Oboe of the Cathedral Symphony at Newark’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, under Thomas Michalak. Petty has premiered five new works for oboe by legendary composer Mario Lombardo of Cranford, NJ.
Petty made his debut as a soloist at the world premiere of the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Mario Lombardo with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, under the direction of Alphonse Stephenson. As a result of this successful performance, Mr. Petty was invited back as a soloist for eight performances the following season. He was heard on WQXR classical radio. In 1993, he premiered the Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra by Mario Lombardo with the Monmouth Symphony, under Roy Gussman. Subsequent solo performances have included the International Double Reed Society Conferences at Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Petty has performed as soloist with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Sioux City Symphony in Iowa and the Billings Symphony. He has four CD recordings with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble under William Berz, including Music for Oboe and Orchestra, composed by Mario Lombardo. Petty is a member of the coaching staff for the young artist Star Ledger Scholarship program at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. He is the Band and Orchestra director at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Fine and Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey.