Principal oboe is felled at 59

Principal oboe is felled at 59


norman lebrecht

January 02, 2018

Friends report the death of Ronald Sipes, former principal oboe of the New World Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon of Valladolid, Spain.

He was recovering from a stroke suffered five years ago when, on New Year’s Day, his life was ended by a second cerebral incident.


  • Jeff Rathbun says:

    Ron was a great oboist and person. He studied with the legendary Marc Lifschey out in California. I remember Ron showing me one of his oboe parts, an orchestral excerpt (I believe it was “Romeo Alone” from Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet), and I was amazed at all of the detailed markings and performance suggestions that he had written in. He will be missed.

  • Joel Lazar says:

    A wonderful artist and colleague…we made music together alas not frequently enough. We shall all miss him.