Dr. Abby Yeakle Held serves as The Ohio State University’s Oboe Lecturer where she was appointed in 2021 and teaches Applied Oboe, Studio, Reed-Making, and Chamber Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Held served as Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX).
Outside of The Ohio State University, Dr. Held serves as Associate Principal Oboe of the West Texas Symphony. She has also performed with orchestras across the country including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Held has performed internationally in Austria and Belgium, including a recital at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Held studied the Viennese oboe and conducted research surrounding its history, traditions, current status, and cross-application to the French conservatory oboist. She is the first to publish research of this kind in English, making her one of the foremost scholars on the Viennese oboe outside of the instrument’s native community.