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CCM alumna Merideth Hite.

Alumna Merideth Hite Appointed to Professor of Oboe at University of Southern Mississippi

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A recent Doctor of Musical Arts graduate of the Juilliard School, CCM alumna Merideth Hite (BM, 2006) takes up an exciting new post this fall as Professor of Oboe at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

During her tenure at CCM, Hite studied with Assistant Professor of Oboe Mark Ostoich. She credits Ostoich for striking a perfect balance by being encouraging while still holding students to incredibly high standards. Under his guidance, Hite started her early morning scales and long-tone practice tradition.

“It was a very formative time for many reasons," Hite explains, "but especially because it was the first time I was hearing and playing orchestral, operatic and chamber music repertoire that I would study and perform for the rest of my career. I'll never forget sight-reading Beethoven 6 in rep orchestra and the exhilarating feeling of playing principal on a Krommer Octet in the atrium my freshman year."

Merideth Hite

Hite is “continually thrilled (although not at all surprised) to hear of the success of all of my oboe colleagues from CCM. I am so very thankful to have been given the opportunity to be among them.” 

After completing her studies at CCM, Ostoich connected Hite with Nicholas Daniel, an oboist she later studied with as a Fulbright scholar at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany. There, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player.

Hite is also deeply committed to community engagement and outreach through cutting-edge chamber music education and performance. As a Ravinia Teaching Artist, she works with Fifth House Ensemble within Chicago's public schools.

“I've come to believe that seeing music as a form of service is our duty, but also the future of our craft. Whether it was bringing inner-city Chicago high school students' poetry to life through music or collaborating with local musicians of a farming community in rural Indiana, this work changed my life and my entire outlook on what we do. I hope to incorporate training for this type of work into my curriculum in Mississippi and to provide students with the skills to go out into the world as well-rounded musicians with a commitment to their community.”

Hite has served as a volunteer coach and mentor at numerous inner-city school programs and recently concluded a yearlong recital residency within health care facilities in New York City through the Gluck Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard.