J. Scott Janusch

J. Scott Janusch has been Principal Oboe of the Hawai’i (Honolulu) Symphony since 1987.  He was a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. His teachers include John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Henry Schuman and Marc Lifschey. Scott has been the oboist in Chamber Music Hawaii’s ‘Spring Wind Quintet’ since 1996 and is also the organization’s Education/Outreach Coordinator for CMH’s in-school and Community concerts and workshops.  

Scott has also performed as Principal Oboe with the San Antonio Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony, where he was a featured soloist in April 2004. He was also appointed as Principal Oboe of the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestra for the 2001/2002 season and appointed to the same position in the Kansas City Symphony by Maestro Michael Stern for their 2010/2011 season.  Scott has also been featured as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony on seven occasions performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto in 1990 and 2002, the Vivaldi d minor Concerto in 1999, the Bach Double Violin/Oboe Concerto and Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ in 2007, the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Andreas Delfs conducting in 2008, and the ‘Concertante’ by Paladilhe and Handel’s g minor Concerto in 2015. Scott has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and participated in the Maui Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Also a keyboard artist, Scott has performed on the piano, harpsichord, and celesta for the Honolulu Symphony, Ballet Hawaii, Chamber Music Hawaii, and for several faculty recitals at the University of Hawaii.

Since 2017 Scott has been Director of the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project, a multi-faceted endeavor to have an oboe created out of an endemic rare Hawaiian wood, ‘Kauila’, commission a piece of music to feature the instrument in both chamber and symphonic forms, and to make both of these resources available to the community upon the completion of the initial project year. The Symphonic version, presented in these concerts, represents the culmination of the efforts of many individuals, including the composer, Dr. Jon Magnussen, donors, cultural practitioners, the maker of the oboe, Howarth of London, and the participating artists, all of whom have helped bring this unique project to life.