Shelley Heron brings a wealth of experience to Western University’s Faculty of Music. During her almost three decades as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s oboe section, Shelley was fortunate to work alongside, and learn from, top orchestral musicians, international soloists and preeminent conductors. She participated in more than forty recordings with the DSO and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings on the Chandos, Naxos and DSO Live labels and has toured the United States, Europe and Japan on numerous occasions.
With a thorough knowledge of performance practice, Shelley designed an effective and successful, systematic approach for audition preparation. She also developed and continues to teach a method of reed making practiced by many oboists. She enjoys repairing oboes and English horns and has acquired the knowledge and precision machinery necessary to grind gouger blades and set-up oboe/English horn gouging machines.
Shelley has extensive experience working with students of all ages and abilities in private lessons, master classes and sectionals. She has conducted classes at The Glenn Gould School of Music, Interlochen Arts Camp, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Ensembles and the Banff International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensembles.
Shelley’s formative oboe teachers are Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music) John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra) and Jonathan Dlouhy (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.) Shelley received a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto and Master of Music from Western University.
Faith Scholfield is currently Second Oboe & English horn with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Windsor, Canada), a position she has held since September, 2004. She regularly performs throughout southwestern Ontario and southeastern Michigan and maintains private teaching studios in both Windsor and Livonia, Michigan.
Faith received her Master of Music in Oboe from the University of Michigan, a student of Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. She received her Bachelor of Music and Performance Certificate in Oboe from the Eastman School of Music, a student of Mr. Richard Killmer. Faith has previously performed with the Macau Orchestra (China) and at the Aspen Music Festival and Banff Centre for the Arts.
Monica Fosnaugh was appointed to the English Horn position of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2012 by Leonard Slatkin. Her performances have been praised as “gorgeous” (Boulder Daily Camera), “supple” (Detroit Free Press), and “lyrical and sublime” (Detroit News).
Prior to joining the DSO, Monica held positions with the New Haven Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. She was also an oboe fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she worked under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Monica has been featured as a soloist with the DSO, performing works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Slatkin.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Monica began playing the oboe at age 10 and spent eight years studying with Patricia Nott. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with John Mack, the former principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra. Monica continued her studies with Robert Atherholt at Rice University in Houston. While in school, she spent summers at the Chautauqua Institute, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
In addition to her work with the DSO, Monica regularly performs in recitals and chamber music on both oboe and English horn. She also provides instruction through coachings and masterclasses around Metro Detroit and throughout the country.