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About Danae

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Danae Powers is an oboist, reed maker, teacher and freelance musician in the Northern Virginia area. Her love for music started at a very young age through singing, and playing piano and flute. She started playing the oboe in high school, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was immediately drawn to its challenging beauty and unique sound.


Currently residing in Fairfax, VA, Danae holds private lessons in her in home oboe studio, Danae Powers Oboe Studio, where she welcomes students of all ages and experience levels, as well as students on online platforms. Powers also is an Oboe Teaching Artist at the Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA.

Among private teaching, Powers also teaches group classes and oboe sectionals in local schools and as part of her oboe studio. Most recently, Powers was an instructor at the Virginia location of Bocal Majority Double Reed Camp in Summer 2023, held at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Powers received her Masters in Oboe Performance from George Mason University in December 2021. She holds her Bachelors in Oboe Performance from Lee University. She has received numerous endowed scholarships based on both academic and performance achievements, including the prestigious Presser Scholar award. Her previous teachers include Phylis Secrist from the Knoxville Symphony, Robert Burks of the Chattanooga Symphony, and Emily Foster of the United States Air Force Band. Powers is a concerto-competition winner and has been a soloist with several ensembles. Among these are the Lee University Symphony Orchestra, the Lee University Wind Ensemble, The Chattanooga Girls Choir, several churches in the Tennessee area, as well as numerous other groups, and performances with the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra in Dalton, GA. 

Danae’s most recent performances include playing in the Capital Wind Symphony, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Main Street Chamber Orchestra, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony and the Fairfax Wind Symphony.

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