Oboist Stephen Wade has performed throughout New England with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Pro Musica, the Monadnock Music Festival Orchestra, the Nashua Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Virtuosi, the Cape Ann Symphony, Orchestra New England, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. He has been the featured soloist in concerti by J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Vaughn Williams, Samuel Barber, and William Bolcom. In 2011 he premiered the Concerto for Oboe and Wind Ensemble by Thomas Briggs with the United States Coast Guard Band, in which he improvised large areas of the jazz-oriented solo part. He and violinist Katheryn Winterstein have recorded Bach’s Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings, BWV 1060, with The Boston Virtuosi. Mr. Wade retired as Principal Oboe of the United States Coast Guard Band after a 30-year career in 2012, and is currently the Assistant Principal Oboe of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is on the faculty at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA.