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Amelia Van Howe has served as the Ensembles Librarian at Duquense University since 2020. She manages music preparation for the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band and coordinates music acquisition, part distribution, and hiring guest artists. In addition to her work at Duquesne, Amelia works as a librarian for the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (TRYPO) and frequently volunteers as a librarian with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Amelia is also a freelance oboist and English Hornist and is in high demand as an orchestral performer. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the York Symphony Orchestra (York, PA), the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (Johnstown, PA), the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Greensburg, PA), and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, MI), among others.

In addition to her performance, Amelia is a professional oboe reed maker for MKL Reeds and is the sole owner and reed maker for Sunshine Reeds. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from Duquesne University where she studied with Scott Bell and her Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University where she studied with Jan Eberle.

Amelia shares her townhome with her husband Robert, their dog Xena, and their rabbit Figaro. In her (very limited!) spare time she enjoys running, drinking fancy coffee, watching The X-Files, and doing crossword puzzles.


A.D., Duquesne University
M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Michigan State University

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