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Dr. Ted Sugata

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Bertea Hall


A native of southern California, Ted Sugata is currently second oboist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was a member of the Sarasota
Orchestra in Florida, and principal oboist with the Lyrique-en-Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Ile, France. He performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Calico Winds, a resident woodwind ensemble with the Glendale Noon Concerts.

Mr. Sugata was born and raised in Northridge, California and started the oboe at age 13. As a senior in high school, he was a recipient of the ASCAP Leiber and Stoller music scholarship and semifinalist in the LA Music Center’s Spotlight Awards Competition. In 2000, he received his Bachelor of Music degree  from the Manhattan School of Music, as a full scholarship student of Joseph Robinson. He continued his graduate studies with John Mack at the Cleveland  Institute of Music, where he received a Master of Music degree in 2002. Dr. Sugata recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe  performance at USC in 2014 under Dr. Joel Timm. Other important teachers have included Elaine Douvas, Anne Gabriele and Jessica Pearlman.

He has participated in several summer festivals including fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Music Academy of  the West. Currently, his summers are spent teaching at the Idyllwild Arts summer program where he has been on faculty since 2011. His students have gone on  to careers in music and most recently accepted into the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Rice University, Indiana  University, and USC. In addition to teaching at Chapman University, he is also on faculty at Pepperdine University, California State Polytechnic University,  Pomona, Long Beach College and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.