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Judy Christy has been Principal Oboist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996. She previously performed with the New World Symphony.
Christy earned her bachelor's degree at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell and Alex Klein. While at Oberlin she was awarded the Artistry in Oboe Performance Award. She then earned her M.M. degree at Rice University, studying with Robert Atherholt. She also pursued additional studies with John Mack.
Christy has performed as principal oboist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Peter Britt Music Festival. Other festivals include the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and National Orchestra Institute. She has performed numerous concertos with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.
Christy comes from a family of musicians. Her parents are music teachers and performers, and her brother and sister play in the Atlanta and Charleston symphonies. With her siblings and her husband, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Assistant Principal Cellist John Marcy, Christy performs in the Christy Oboe Quartet, which recently released a CD of music by Mozart, Britten, J.C. Bach, and James Stephenson.