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Kate Wegener

Associate Principal Oboe

Kate Wegener joins the Minnesota Orchestra full-time at the end of December 2023 as associate principal oboe. A native of Connecticut, she has recently been featured at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In addition to performing with the Juilliard Orchestra, she has appeared as a substitute musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra and the Apex Ensemble, among others. Equally passionate about teaching, she is a mentor for Juilliard pre-college students as they develop their skills in orchestral playing and reed-making. 

Wegener received her bachelor’s degree and is currently completing her master’s degree at the Juilliard School where she studies primarily with Nathan Hughes—the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal oboe—with additional studies with Elaine Douvas, Linda Strommen and Scott Hostetler.