Elaine Douvas was born in Detroit and has been principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1977. She was formerly principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony from 1973 to 1977. Douvas was the soloist in the Strauss Oboe Concerto at Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra under James Levine and has performed at the Marlboro Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Waterloo (N.J.) Festival, Bravo! Colorado Festival, and Angel Fire Festival, and taught master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony, Beijing and Shanghai conservatories, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music. She instructs summer oboe seminars at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Elaine Douvas Master Conference at Interlochen (Michigan), and Le Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec (annually since 1994). Solo recordings include a recital and Pleasure is the Law (Boston Records), Oboe Divas (Oboe Classics), and three albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One. She has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1982, became chairman of the woodwind department in 1997, and has been on the school’s Pre-college faculty since 2016. She has also been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1997, the Mannes College the New School for Music since 1981, and the Bard College Conservatory since 2009. She was also a coach for the National Youth Orchestra in 2013. Douvas holds a Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of John Mack and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.