Beth Orson has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony since 1990 serving as Assistant Principal Oboe and English horn and has appeared as soloist with the VSO on both instruments. In addition to her teaching positions at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music, Ms. Orson joined the faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2008. From 1985-2005, Ms. Orson spent 19 summers touring Japan as Principal Oboe of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, appearing often as soloist.
Before moving to Vancouver, she lived and worked in New York City where she performed regularly with the orchestras of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Orpheus, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Ms. Orson has recorded for CBC Records, CBC-TV, Deutsche Grammophon, Essay, New World, and Parnassus Records. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Orson's principal teachers were Laurence Thorstenberg, James Caldwell and Elaine Douvas.