When long-time principal oboist Robert Atherholt announced that he would retire from his post, one that he held since 1984, Houston Symphony disciples felt a sense of loss, that somehow things wouldn’t be the same without this high-class artist’s signature voice.
For those who pay close attention, there was an oboe ringer during RachFest’s final week in January. That would have been Jonathan Fischer, former associate principal oboe with the San Francisco Symphony. He was on trial for the important spot.
The article implies he’s left San Francisco Symphony, but I still see him listed, so I’m guessing he might be taking leave.