Laura Griffiths is Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She was previously Principal Oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra. She was also Acting Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for several seasons and Acting Associate Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony for one season.
In addition to playing with the SF Ballet, Laura is an active chamber musician. She co-founded a group called STROBE (strobemusic.squarespace.com) which consists of oboe and string trio and performs throughout the Bay Area. They recently premiered two works that were commissioned for them. Laura is also a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet.
Laura has been guest Principal Oboe of several major orchestras across the country, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and Atlanta. She has played several programs as Principal Oboe with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony and performed in Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 European tour.
Laura was Principal Oboe and soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego for nine seasons. She was also Principal oboe of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon and the Midsummer Mozart Festival in the Bay Area for several years.
After graduating, Laura became Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she held for nine years. During this time she also was the woodwind chamber music teacher at the Eastman School of Music. Laura graduated with honors from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Richard Killmer.