Principal oboist of Cape Symphony

Betsy Doriss, Principal Oboist, Retires from Cape Symphony After 44 Years

Talented musician continues to share the gift of music through teaching

HYANNIS, MA—August 11, 2020

After an extraordinary 44-year career as principal oboist with the Cape Symphony, Elizabeth Mitnik Doriss is retiring.

Betsy was one of the early professional musicians who helped establish a high level of performance quality during a time when the Cape Symphony was primarily a volunteer orchestra. During Betsy’s long tenure, the Cape Symphony has grown to become the largest professional orchestra in the region.

Betsy, a resident of West Barnstable, first performed with the Cape Symphony as a substitute player in the late 1960s. She became a permanent member and principal oboist of the orchestra in 1976.

Since 2016, Betsy has been a member of the Cape Conservatory faculty, and will continue to teach and mentor students. She also coaches the winds section of the Cape Youth Orchestra.

“Betsy’s dedication to the Cape Symphony throughout her career is remarkable,” said Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor. “She’s been a leader in the orchestra and working with her to create beautiful music has been one of the joys of conducting the Cape Symphony. We look forward to seeing Betsy continue to play in the community and occasionally with the Symphony. I’m also glad that Betsy will continue to teach, sharing her love of music with the next generation. She’s been an incredible asset to the musical life of Cape Cod and we’re proud to celebrate her amazing career.”

Betsy graduated from Boston University, where she studied with Ralph Gomberg, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Betsy has appeared with The Opera Company of Boston, Boston Classical Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Plymouth Philharmonic. Betsy serves as band director at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School.


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