Nora Lewis is Associate Professor of Oboe at Western Michigan University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate oboe students, coaches woodwind chamber music, teaches courses in music theory, performs with the Western Wind Quintet and Western Winds, and coordinates the Bullock Performance Institute. Lewis previously served on the faculty of Kansas State University for eight years, where she was Assistant/Associate Professor of Oboe & Music History and performed with the Konza Winds faculty quintet. During the 2015-16 academic year, Lewis also served as Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Lewis is a founding member of the PEN Trio, a chamber ensemble dedicated to expanding and exploring the trio d’anches repertoire. Since its founding in 2011, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and promoted many new works through more than 100 performances and masterclasses in 20 states as well as internationally in China, Hong Kong, Panama, Canada, Trinidad, and Cuba. In 2015 the PEN trio was awarded an Artist Residency at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina, supported by the Blumenthal Foundation. In partnership with TMP Publishing, the group also curates the PEN Trio Collection, which makes new works as well as critical editions of existing works available to a wider audience. The trio recently recorded its debut album, Found Objects, in New York City. The album includes new works by composers William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley, and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn.
Lewis has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She was a founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente and held orchestral positions with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic. She has performed in recital at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, London, on the Cranbrook Music Guild artist series, Hale Library concert series, and in live recital broadcasts on Blue Lake Public Radio, WMUK Kalamazoo’s “In Concert,” and “Live from Studio B” at WFMT in Chicago.
Lewis has presented clinics, performances, and papers at national and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic, International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, CBDNA (southwest region), ClarinetFest, National Flute Association, in locations such as the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, and throughout the United States. Honors include a Big-12 Faculty Fellowship, honorary membership in Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate, and a Yale AlumniVentures Grant to support her work with music programs in Haiti.
For ten summers Lewis taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has served on the CMS National Advisory Board for performance, editor for the Midwest Double Reed Society, and is consulting editor for The Instrumentalist magazine. She received a doctor of music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, a master of music degree from Yale University, and a bachelor of music degree in performance and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Lawrence University. Her principal oboe teachers include Michael Henoch, Richard Killmer, Ronald Roseman, Howard Niblock, and Grover Schiltz (English horn).