Jillian Honn, the current principal oboist of Symphoria, is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she earned a BM in Oboe Performance, a Performer's Certificate, and an Arts Leadership Certificate under the tutelage of Professor Richard Killmer. Jillian performs regularly with various ensembles including her wind quintet, The Eclectet, which formed at Eastman in 2012. Representing the next generation of chamber music performers, the quintet is at the forefront of expanding the boundaries and definition of chamber music. One of The Eclectet's goals is to offer concert experiences that are interactive and meaningful for all audiences, while also experimenting with more contemporary compositions. As advocates of community outreach, they have been awarded several grants and residencies in public schools within Upstate New York, and are looking forward to being featured in Estate Whim's concert series in St. Croix, Virgin Islands in 2017.
Jillian has attended such prestigious summer music programs as the National Symphony's Summer Music Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy where she was a concerto competition finalist and soloist in the Mozart Oboe Concerto with orchestra. In January 2016, Jillian was a featured soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Symphoria. In addition to Symphoria, Honn has been a guest musician with the Allen Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.