CCM student oboist wins NFMC's prestigious Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award

Congrats to Leo De La Cruz, who studies with CCM faculty members Mark Ostoich and Dwight Parry

UC College-Conservatory of Music graduate student Leo De La Cruz turned heads in a variety of competitions during the 2019-20 season. Most recently, he won the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award, which includes a $1,250 cash prize.

An oboist rehearses with a chamber wind ensemble onstage

Leo De La Cruz rehearsing with CCM Chamber Winds. Photo/Provided.

De La Cruz also won the CCM Wind Studies concerto competition, which culminated in a performance of Weber’s Concertino for Oboe and Wind Band with the CCM Chamber Winds on February 9, and he achieved an honorable mention at the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

To apply for the Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award, De La Cruz submitted a 15-minute performance video, including the Weber Concertino he performed in February. His other selections were Dutilleux’s Oboe Sonata and Robert Schumann’s Three Romances, which he performed in chamber music recitals at CCM.

“I think the part that I'm most proud of about those recordings isn't necessarily my own playing, but rather the back and forth between my partners and me," De La Cruz says. "Both of them were fantastic collaborators and musicians, and I'm positive that my own playing improved drastically just through the work we did together.”

Before coming to CCM, De La Cruz attended high school in Spring, Texas (a suburb of Houston) and earned bachelor’s degrees in oboe performance and music theory from Furman University.

“I gravitated toward the oboe because it was unique; I was the only one in my middle school band who played it," he remembers. "I never really planned on making music for a living, so I didn't really take it very seriously until the end of high school, when I took a music theory class and really fell in love with the orchestral repertoire."

De La Cruz is also working on two degrees at CCM — master’s degrees in oboe performance and music theory. In his oboe studies, he receives guidance from both of CCM’s oboe faculty, Professor of Oboe Mark Ostoich and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oboe Dwight Parry, prinicpal oboe at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“I'm not quite sure what I want to do in the future quite honestly, because both of my interests bring me so much satisfaction,” De La Cruz says. “I can't get enough of making music with other people, so if I could find a way to incorporate both chamber music and music theory into a career, I'd be happy.”


Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

Featured Image at top: Leo De La Cruz. Photo/Provided.

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