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  • Assistant Professor of Baroque Oboe and Recorder


  • BM, Historical Performance, Oberlin College
  • MM, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Coursework toward PhD in music, Indiana University, Bloomington


Kathryn Montoya appears with a variety of orchestral and chamber music ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Pacific Musicworks, and Apollo’s Fire among others. She received her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. While at IU, she was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. Recent projects include the Globe’s Tony award-winning productions of Twelfth Night on Broadway, concerts and master classes in Shanghai, and tour and Grammy award-winning recording, Charpentier: La couronne de fleurs - La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with the Boston Early Music Festival. Montoya has been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and can be heard on the Erato, Naxos, CPO, NCA, Analekta, and Dorian Sono Luminus labels. In her free time, she can be found in Hereford, England converting an 18th-century barn into a home with her partner, James.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Diapason d’Or de l’Anée for Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe, Boston Early Music Festival
  • 2015 Grammy for Best Opera Recording, Charpentier: La Couronne de Fleurs/Orphée, Boston Early Music Festival
  • 2015 Echo Klassik Award, Charpentier: La Couronne de Fleurs/Orphée and Niobe, Regina di Tebe, Boston Early Music Festival
  • 2014 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, Twelfth Night, The Globe
  • 2011 Grammy Nomination, Best Opera Recording, Hasse: Marc Antonio e Cleopatra, Ars Lyrica


  • J. S. Bach: Motets (American Bach Soloists), 2017
  • J. S. Bach: St. John Passion (Apollo’s Fire) Avie, 2017
  • Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Boston Early Music Festival), Erato, 2015
  • From Whence We Came (Ensemble Galilei), Sono Luminus, 2015
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea (Boston Early Music Festival), CPO, 2014
  • Charpentier: La Couronne de Fleurs/Orphée (Boston Early Music Festival), CPO, 2013
  • Surrounded by Angels (Ensemble Galilei), Dorian Sono Luminus, 2013
  • A Civil War Scrapbook (Hesperus), Maggie’s Music, 2013
  • A Change of Worlds (Ensemble Galilei), Dorian Sono Luminus, 2012
  • Bach/Shostakovich: Brandenburgs/Preludes (Ensemble Caprice), Analekta, 2011
  • Vanishing Nordic Chorale (Musik Ekklesia), Dorian Sono Luminus, 2011
  • Handel: Op. 6 Concerti Grossi (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2011
  • Vivaldi: Le Retour des Anges (Ensemble Caprice) Analekta, 2011
  • J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Smithsonian Chamber Players), 2011
  • Hasse: Marc Antonio e Cleopatra (Ars Lyrica), Sono Luminus, 2010
  • Hoy Hacemos Fiesta (Ensemble Lipzodes), Focus Records, 2009
  • Blow: Venus and Adonis (Boston Early Music Festival), CPO, 2009
  • Charpentier: Actéon (Boston Early Music Festival), CPO, 2009
  • Lully: Psyché (Boston Early Music Festival), CPO, 2008
  • Handel: Israel in Egypt (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2008
  • Samuel Arnold: Polly (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2008
  • Vivaldi: Griselda RV 718 (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2006
  • Handel: Water Music/ Music for the Royal Fireworks (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2005
  • Handel: Rinaldo HWV 7a (Aradia Ensemble), Naxos, 2005
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea (Mercury Baroque), 2008
  • From the Edge of the World (Ensemble Galilei), Sono Luminus, 2007
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea (Musica Angelica), NCA, 2007

Teaching Background

  • Professor of Baroque Oboe, Recorder; Oberlin Conservatory, OH 2010-present
  • Professor of Baroque Oboe, Recorder; University of North Texas, TX 2006-present
  • San Francisco Early Music Society Summer Workshop, 2018