Kelly McElrath Vaneman is Professor of Oboe and Musicology and Music Freshman Mentor at the Carroll McDaniel Petrie School of Music at Converse College. She holds DMA, MMA and MM degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where she was teaching assistant to Ronald Roseman. A native Texan, she received her BMus summa cum laude from Baylor University, where she studied with Doris DeLoach. In addition, she studied modern and Baroque oboe with Paul Dombrecht at the Koninklijk Konservatorium Brussel under a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.
Dr. Vaneman is, above all, committed to chamber music and the expansion of its repertoire. As oboist of Ensemble Radieuse she has performed on four continents, premiered countless new works and arrangements, and recorded the CD Inbox. Ensemble Radieuse were prize-winners in the 2006 National Flute Society Chamber Music Competition and have been invited to perform at the conferences of the College Music Society (National), the International Double Reed Society, the Southeastern Composers Forum, and the South Carolina chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. They have also been featured performers on Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C. Dr. Vaneman is also oboist and founding member of the Petrie Winds, which performs and teaches masterclasses regularly at Converse and throughout the Carolinas.