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Marilyn Schram

Marilyn Schram

Principal Oboe
EDUCATION Northwestern University,  California State University - Northridge, University of California Irvine, California State - Los Angeles
FUN FACT Has flown overseas multiple times with no itinerary and no return ticket, roaming for as many as three months at a time.

HOBBIES Mountain biking, swimming, traveling, knitting.


Marilyn Schram has been principal oboist of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and has previously held the position of English hornist with the Redlands Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. As performer and lecturer, Ms. Schram has been presented at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Redlands, CA (2013), New York, NY (2014), Tokyo, Japan (2015), Columbus, Georgia (2016), Granada, Spain (2018) and Tampa, Florida (2019).

As a freelance musician, Ms. Schram has appeared with the LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and many others. As a soloist, she has been presented overseas in China, Korea and Europe as well as numerous venues across the USA. Ms. Schram has served on the advisory board for Music 360 Arts Council, based in Orange County California and on the San Bernardino Symphony’s Players Committee.

Ms. Schram’s most influential oboe teachers have been Allan Vogel (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), Ray Still (Chicago Symphony) and David Weiss (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and English horn teachers Carolyn Hove (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Grover Schiltz (Chicago Symphony). Ms. Schram completed her musical studies at Northwestern University, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. At UCI she was honored with the Chancellor’s Fellowship, the most prestigious scholarship in the UC system and was further honored to be the first recipient in the Arts.

In addition to her musical activities, Ms. Schram has been a California State licensed Speech-Language pathologist since 2010. In 2013, she established Crystal Speech and Voice, a private practice providing voice rehabilitation and care to singers and others using their voice occupationally; accent reduction to professionals who speak English as a second language; and neurologic rehabilitation using an innovative life-participation approach.

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