Alina Plourde is constantly inspired by the beauty of musicians connecting and improvising in the moment. She is a graduate of the Music for People program, and loves the combination of simplicity and depth in Music for People’s intuitive techniques that encourage people to explore the power of their own music. A professional oboist, Alina performs frequently with Symphoria. She has also played recently with Tri-Cities Opera, the Society for New Music, the Binghamton Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and has commissioned and premiered several new chamber music works. She teaches oboe at Syracuse University and at Onondaga Community College, where she also teaches improvisation. Alina has a private studio of oboe students based in Dewitt, and teaches recorder at the Montessori School of Syracuse. Alina studied with Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music and with Nancy Ambrose King at the University of Illinois, where she received a doctorate degree in oboe performance. She has completed Level II Orff training, is a registered Music Together teacher, and is a graduate of the Music for People program. Alina is a founding member of the New Leaf Ensemble, an improvising chamber music group.