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Hilary Stavros Ives,


Reino Unido
Cardiff, Reino Unido


A versatile musician, Hilary Stavros Ives is equally at home in an orchestral hall, an opera or musical pit, and performing on stage. Transitioning easily from oboe to cor anglais to violin, she also performs on a variety of Renaissance recorders and shawms. Originally from Utah, she received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa in 2011 and has just finished a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Before moving to the UK, she worked extensively with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah as a musician, collaborative artist, and on-stage performer. Shows included: Les Miserables (2012) and South Pacific (2015), as well as incidental music for Twelfth Night and Sherlock Holmes (2014). Her talents were most on display during the summer season's The Greenshow, a free nightly pre-show with live music, dancing, and storytelling.

As part of the Royal Welsh College's Orchestral Performance course, she regularly participated in side-by-side schemes with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. During her time with the College, she performed with RWCMD Symphony Orchestra at St David's Hall in Cardiff, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in November 2015, as principal oboe in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade in June 2016, Dvořák's Eighth Symphony in November 2016 and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in June 2017. She also worked on the College's March 2016 production of Mozart's famous Marriage of Figaro, leading the woodwind section as principal oboe. She's also performed with the Royal Welsh College's Chamber Orchestra on both oboe and cor anglais.
An active chamber musician, she also champions the music of Welsh composers with her quintet, Melys Winds. They had the privilege of performing Peter Reynolds' Silver Apples of the Moon at his memorial concert in March 2017. They also performed at an recital celebrating Welsh chamber music at the College in June 2017, a 2017 University of South Wales graduation ceremony, and a January 2018 concert for the Lampeter (Wales) Music Club.

Hilary currently freelances and teaches in South Wales and surrounding areas.


*principal oboe +second oboe †cor anglais


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

December 2017, Brangwyn Hall (Swansea) and St David’s Hall (Cardiff): Christmas Celebrations+

Gwent Chamber Orchestra

September 2018, Cwmdu: Symphony No. 34+ (Hadyn), Sinfonia Concertante K. 364+ (Mozart), Symphony No. 1 K. 16+ (Mozart)

Cor Bro Ogwr Choir and Orchestra

December 2018, Porthcawl: 20th Anniversary Celebration*

December 2017, Porthcawl: Messiah* (Handel)

July 2017, Porthcawl: Summer Evening at the Opera*

St Woolos Sinfonia

April 2018, Newport: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”+ (Schumann)

December 2017, Newport: Pulcinella+ (Stravinsky), Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”+ (Beethoven)

February 2016, Newport: Messiah+ (Handel)

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra (Iowa, USA)

2009-11: Auxiliary Oboe


Rehearsal Orchestra, London

February 2018: Symphony No. 10† (Shostakovich)

Edinburgh Rehearsal Orchestra

August 2017: Don Juan* (R. Strauss), Jeu de cartes+† (Stravinksy), The Golden Spinning Wheel† (Dvořák), Symphony No. 4+ (Sibelius), Symphony in F#* (Korngold), The Night on Bare Mountain+ (Mussorgsky), Romeo & Juliet (1880)+ (Tchaikovsky), D'un matin de printemps+ (Lili Boulanger)


Welsh National Opera

2017: Madama Butterfly+ (Puccini)

2016: Cavalleria rusticana+ (Mascagni) & Pagliacci+ (Leoncavallo); WNO and RWCMD’s Opera Gala

2015: Nutcracker Suite No. 2* (Tchaikovsky)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales+

2017: Symphonie fantastique+† (Berlioz); The Rite of Spring+ (Stravinsky)

2016: Romeo & Juliet (Tchaikovsky, 1880; and Prokofiev); selections from Slavonic Dances, op. 46 & 72 (Dvořák), “Vltava” from Má Vlast (Smetana) and Háry János (Kodály)+


Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

June 2017, St. David’s Hall: Symphony No. 2* (Sibelius)

June 2017: Organised and performed in a concert of Welsh chamber music

March 2017: Pulcinella+ (Stravinsky), Chamber Symphony, Op. 83a† (Shostakovich)

February 2017: Semele+ (Handel), co-production and tour with Mid-Wales Opera and the Academy of Ancient Music

November 2016, St. David’s Hall: Symphony No. 8* (Dvořák)

June 2016, St. David’s Hall: Scheherazade* (Rimsky-Korsakov)

March 2016: Le nozze di Figaro* (Mozart)

University of Iowa

2011: L’elisir d’amore* (Donizetti)


Welsh Musical Theatre Company

November 2016: Pirates of Penzance (oboe)

Welsh National Youth Opera

July 2016: Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!) † (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)

Tuacahn Center for the Arts (Utah, USA)

2013: Mary Poppins (oboe/cor anglais)

Southern Utah University College of Performing & Visual Arts

2012: Little Women (oboe/cor anglais)

Utah Shakespeare Festival

2006, 2012-15: The Greenshow (recorders, violin, viola, shawm, mandolin, percussion)

· As well as performing, I also served as Greenshow Music Consultant for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. I worked with director Josh Stavros to choose and arrange the best music for each season’s three Greenshows.

· In 2015, under the direction of the Festival’s Education Department, I also gave two hour-long overview lectures about Renaissance musical instruments, using videos and live practical demonstrations.

2015: South Pacific (oboe/cor anglais)

2014: Twelfth Night (oboe, cor anglais, violin, percussion)

2012: Les Misérables (oboe/cor anglais)


Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Music Service

January 2017-June 2018: Woodwind tutor, Afon Tâf High School; strings and woodwind tutor, Pen Y Dre High School; violin and woodwind tutor, Goetre, Gellifaelog, Gwaunfarren Primary Schools; woodwind tutor, Coed Y Dderwen and Ysgol Y Graig Primary Schools

Sunrise Residential Treatment Center; Hurricane, Utah (USA)

2011-12: Choir Director and Music Appreciation teacher

Iron County School District; Cedar City, Utah (USA)

2011-13: Teacher, Beginning Orchestra


2015-17: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

MMus (Merit), Orchestral Performance

2007-11: University of Iowa

BMus (with distinction)


Sarah-Jayne Porsmoguer

John Anderson

Murray Johnston

Dr Andrew Parker

Mark Weiger (dec.)

Dr Virginia Stitt



Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

2015-17: Entrance Scholarship

University of Iowa

2007-11: Old Gold Scholarship

2007-11: University of Iowa National Scholars Award

2007-11: General Music Scholarship


2016: The Gilbert Instrumental Prize for Overseas Students (Royal Welsh College)

2012: Halversen Solo Competition Winner (Orchestra of Southern Utah); Cedar City, Utah


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