A native of Columbus, Ohio, Emily Van Niman began her musical career at age six on the piano. However, at age nine she discovered the oboe, studying with Nancy King and William Baker, former principal oboist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and professor at The Ohio State University. After high school, she attended Capital University to continue her studies with William Baker for a bachelor degree and in 1996 was accepted to the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music to study with Dr. Mark Ostoich.
After graduating with her Master degree, she taught in Cincinnati, and was an Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Northern Kentucky University. In 2000, she left Cincinnati to go on tour playing Oboe and English horn in the pit orchestra with Big League Theatrical’s musical Peter Pan. After her travels, she returned to Cincinnati to play and teach in the area.
Mrs. Van Niman currently teaches privately and plays with the Ohio Valley Symphony, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and the Lakeside Summer Symphony. She has also recently played with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra and Richmond (IN) Symphony.