Abigail Hawthorne is pursuing a Masters degree in oboe performance at the Eastman School of Music. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Erin Hannigan, David Matthews, and Megan Blauvelt Heuer. Abby also studies Baroque oboe with Geoffrey Burgess at the Eastman School of Music.
Hawthorne held the third oboe and English horn position with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Wichita, Kansas for the 2017-2018 season, performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto, Canada) in the summer of 2019, performed with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (Durango, Colorado) in the July 2018 and 2016 seasons, participated in the Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, Florida) in June 2018, and performed with the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado) in the summer of 2017.
At Eastman, Abby performs with the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Opera Theatre. An avid pursuer of chamber music performance opportunities, she also plays with the Eastman Harmonie wind octet, the Southerly Winds woodwind quintet, and serves as vice president of the new music student-run ensemble OSSIA.