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Wayne Rapier

  • Oboe (BSO)

Wayne Rapier (1930–2005), oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1970 through 1995 and a member of the NEC faculty from 1972 until shortly after his BSO retirement, died October 17, 2005.

At age 16, he was offered a scholarship to Eastman after being voted "best musician of the year" at the National Music Camp at Interlochen. Prior to joining the BSO, Rapier had been first oboe with the Indianapolis Symphony and associate first oboe with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He toured Europe as a soloist with the Philadelphia String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet, and performed concerti with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and Kansas City Orchestra.

He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Band and Orchestra, the Kansas City, Baltimore, and Robin Hood Dell orchestras.

In the early 1980s, while on the NEC faculty, Rapier founded the Boston Aria Group with soprano Carole Bogard and fellow faculty members Ray DeVoll, tenor; D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Fenwick Smith, flute; as well as his wife, cellist Toni Rapier, and organist James David Christie '77 M.M., '78 A.D. Boston Records presented solo recordings by Rapier and other BSO players and their teachers, with Rapier as president of the company.

Rapier's daughter, Bonnie Rapier Harlow '75, is a cellist with the Plymouth Philharmonic.

B.M., Eastman School of Music. Studies with Earnest Harrison, Robert Sprenkle, Marcel Tabuteau.