William McMullen, professor of oboe at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, is principal oboe with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the oboist in the Moran Woodwind Quintet. His CD “Twentieth-Century British Music for Oboe and Piano” with pianist Catherine Herbener was released in 2002 by Crystal Records and includes works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Herbert Howells, Gordon Jacob, Lennox Berkeley and Edmund Rubbra. A CD of flute and oboe duets (with flutist Claudia Anderson) will be published in 2005 by Centaur Records and includes original duets and arrangements by Mozart, Jacob, Migot, Ginastera, Bozza, Muczynski, Serebrier and Barber.
McMullen has appeared as a soloist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra in performances of the Strauss, Mozart and Vaughan-Williams concertos. He is a frequent recitalist throughout the United States with pianist, Catherine Herbener, and has performed at IDRS conventions in Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, the Netherlands, Australia and Banff, Canada.
As a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet he has toured extensively throughout the Midwest and in 1992 the quintet was nominated for NPR’s Lucian Wulsin Award for Best Regional Performance, Small Ensemble. The quintet has recorded three CD’s on Crystal Records; “Postcards From the Center” featuring American quintet literature and two CD’s of the music of Theodor Blumer, a post Romantic Viennese pianist and composer. In May, 2005, the Moran Quintet will record the final volume of works by Blumer which will also include his Partita for oboe and piano. McMullen has been on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center, a summer music festival in Colorado, for the past 16 summers.