Stephen Secan has been principal oboist of the Columbus Symphony since 1978. He joined the orchestra after graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. in 1973, along with other members of the Columbus Woodwind Quintet, under the auspices of a grant from the Ford Foundation. Mr. Secan has also earned advanced degrees from the Ohio State University (M.A. in Music Theory, 1997; D.M.A in Music Performance, 2005). His primary oboe teacher at Rochester was Robert Sprenkle. After moving to Ohio, he continued studies on oboe and English horn with John Mack, principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
During his tenure with the Columbus Symphony, Mr. Secan has performed in a solo capacity with the orchestra on numerous occasions, including performances of the Marcello Concerto and Jean Francaix's L' Horloge de Flore. He has also been active in chamber music sponsored by the CSO, including concert appearances with the Columbus Woodwind Quintet and the Columbus Chamber Winds. Since 2008, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Capital University, and Capital University's resident woodwind quintet, Quintessential Winds.