Originally from Naperville, Illinois, oboist Nora Anderson Lewis is a versatile musician and passionate educator. As a chamber musician, Nora particularly enjoys her work with the Lawrence Conservatory Faculty Wind Quintet and the PEN Trio, where she frequently collaborates with composers and performs new music, as well as traditional repertoire, throughout North America and around the world. Recent highlights include teaching and performing in China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Panama, and the United Kingdom. PEN Trio’s debut CD: Found Objects was recently recorded in New York with Boston-Based SoundMirror with a release planned for 2018.


Equally passionate about teaching in the studio and in the classroom, Nora has developed a unique breadth of experience. She teaches core courses in Music Theory and Aural Skills and has taught classes in Music History, as well as classes that she has designed, to focus on multiple dimensions of creativity and learning, such as collaboration, improvisation, composition, and community building.


This season Nora looks forward to performing with New York-based Alarm Will Sound and on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series. Some of Nora’s favorite musical experiences include performing a program of Baroque music with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with classmates in a course at Northwestern that became Ensemble dal Niente, giving a recital with longtime friend and bassoonist Peter Kolkay at the IDRS conference in Appleton, Wisconsin, and finally convincing her parents to let her play the oboe by asserting, “the reed thing probably isn’t THAT big of a deal.”


Nora is based in Appleton, Wisconsin where she is Associate Professor of Oboe at Lawrence University - Conservatory of Music and lives with her husband, double bassist Gordon Lewis, and their standard poodle, Chloe. Her full bio can be found here