MM, Northwestern University
About Deb Stevenson
Deb Stevenson has been a freelance oboist in the Chicago area for over twenty years. She is founder and oboist with the Metropolis Quartet (oboe, violin, viola, cello). She is also a member of the Metropolis and Lake Forest Symphonies. Regular performances also include the Milwaukee Symphony and the Apollo Chorus. Ms. Stevenson can be heard on recordings of the Strauss Alpine Symphony and Stravinsky's complete Firebird with the Chicago Symphony; I Know Where I'm Going and Christmas in St. Charles with the St. Charles Singers; Messiah with Apollo Chorus; numerous recordings for GIA music publishing company; and Music from the Bolivian Rainforest with the Metropolis Symphony.
As a contractor, Ms. Stevenson has hired performers for the St. Charles Singers concerts and recordings, Heartland Voices, and Canterbury Singers. In her work for the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora and the Chicago Theatre, she has provided musicians for artists such as Bernadette Peters, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Video Games Live and Mannheim Steamroller. She also maintains an active teaching studio. Her students have gone on to such institutions as Eastman, Interlochen Arts Academy, DePaul, Roosevelt and the University of Illinois.
Ms. Stevenson has studied oboe and English horn at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University and Northwestern University, where she received her Master of Music degree. She has studied with Marion Gibson, Grover Schiltz, Ray Still and Larry Thorstenburg. Stevenson lives in Downers Grove with her husband, pianist/composer Scott Stevenson and their son, percussionist Isaac Stevenson.