Kelly McElrath Vaneman

Chair of Musicology and Composition, Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of Music


Oboist Kelly McElrath Vaneman is Chair of Musicology and Composition and Music Freshman Mentor at the Carroll McDaniel Petrie School of Music at Converse. She holds DMA, MMA and MM degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where she was teaching assistant to Ronald Roseman. A native Texan, she received her BMus summa cum laude from Baylor University, where she studied with Doris DeLoach. In addition, she studied modern and Baroque oboe with Paul Dombrecht at the Koninklijk Konservatorium Brussel under a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

Dr. Vaneman is, above all, committed to chamber music and the expansion of its repertoire. As oboist of Ensemble Radieuse she has performed on four continents, premiered countless new works and arrangements, and recorded the CD Inbox. Ensemble Radieuse were prize-winners in the 2006 National Flute Society Chamber Music Competition and have been invited to perform at the conferences of the College Music Society (National), the International Double Reed Society, the Southeastern Composers Forum, and the South Carolina chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. They have also been featured performers on Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C. Dr. Vaneman is also oboist and founding member of the Petrie Winds, which performs and teaches masterclasses regularly at Converse and throughout the Carolinas.

As a soloist, Dr. Vaneman has been active in the new music scene and has over thirty premieres to her credit. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Guatemala, Texas, and South Carolina and is Associate Principal oboist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, frequently performing on their community series Music Sandwiched In.

A firm believer in “have oboe, will travel,” Dr. Vaneman has performed with rock bands at CBGBs, improvised solo underscoring for theatrical productions, and recorded tracks for a variety of popular musical genres. She is Past President of the Rho chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda and a member of Alpha Chi and has written for The Double Reed, the journal of the International Double Reed Society. Her innovative composition Play, for Solo Oboe and Audience, is published by Trevco. For more information, visit