Stephen Caplan

Stephen Caplan’s performances have been heard at venues throughout the world, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and have been featured on several recordings. His solo recording of American music for the oboe, A Tree in Your Ear, has received international acclaim. Fanfare Magazine describes it as “sublime” and the British journal Double Reed News writes, “beautifully played… it is hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this CD.”

Caplan is Professor of Music at UNLV as well as Principal Oboist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and also plays in orchestras accompanying popular “superstars” on the Las Vegas Strip. In the summer, he performs and teaches at the Renova Music Festival in western Pennsylvania and the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps. His eclectic performance background includes professional affiliations with a baroque period-instrument ensemble and a Sousa style concert band, as well as soundtracks for television and film.

He is the only performing artist to receive the Nevada Arts Council’s prestigious Artist Fellowship Award three times. With the Sierra Winds, Caplan can be heard on five critically acclaimed recordings and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Caplan is author of two books for oboe players, Oboemotions: What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know about the Body, and The Breathing Book for Oboe. He has developed innovative courses for music students that incorporate a better understanding of the body in performance, and he has given master classes throughout the world. He has a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, and is a licensed Andover Educator. Caplan is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist. More information can be found at

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