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Elaine Douvas is an institution in the oboe world, having served more than thirty years as principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and as oboe instructor at The Juilliard School, where she is also chair of its Woodwind Department. She has also taught at Mannes College of Music, Bard College Conservatory, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Hidden Valley Seminars in California, twenty years of intensive one-week seminars at Interlochen, and master classes in Beijing, Shanghai, and London. Former students hold positions in orchestras and universities around the world. Her career highlights include the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, James Levine conducting. Her CDs comprise a solo recital for Boston Records, Pleasure is the Law by her quartet of the same name, and Oboe Divas on the Oboe Classics label. Douvas trained at Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her first job was principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony at the age of twenty-one. For many years she devoted spare time to figure skating and has passed eleven USFSA tests. Douvas is an artist-faculty member of the New Horizons Program, made possible by an endowment gift from Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum.