SWOP Music Advisor

Carmon DeLeone is celebrating the first Season of the Southwest Ohio Philharmonic as Music Advisor.  He is currently in his 49th year as Music Director of the Cincinnati Ballet.  He served 35 years as Music Director of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra and 25 years as Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Carmon now serves as Conductor Laureate of both orchestras.

Carmon earned B.M., B.S., and M.M degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre.  During his tenure, he has conducted productions of Prince Igor, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, The Crucible, La Callisto (American Premiere), and The Secret Marriage.  He has been presented with the conservatory’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”.  At Indiana University, he conducted the world premier and nationally televised production of Jon Eaton’s children’s opera, The Lion And Androcles.  Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati’s Post-Corbett Award for excellence in the arts, and recently was awarded the very prestigious MacDowell Medal by the Cincinnati MacDowell Society.


SWOP Principal Oboist and Member of the Board of Directors

Andrea Jayne Ridilla is Professor of Music at Miami University where she received the 2015 University Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Fanfare Magazine writes of her CD, L’Amore Italiano, the lyrical oboe in opera and cinema, with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, “Ridilla plays with exceptional control and a beautiful tone." The American Record Guide calls Ridilla’s playing “…heartfelt and expressive.”  Andrea was Principal Oboe of the Echternach Festival in Luxembourg for 15 seasons where she also performed as soloist and soloist at the Moselle Music Festival in Germany. She performed twice at the Musica No Museu Series in Rio de Janeiro at the Portuguese Consulate. Andrea was recently one of five international oboe soloists to be invited to perform at the Monteverdi Solo Oboe Festival in Bolzano, Italy in 2013. She was also soloist with the Camerata Rio Chamber Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, and with the Pacific Symphony in Vladivostok, Russia at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. In 2012, she gave masterclasses at Moscow Conservatory of Music and the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. She was invited guest oboe professor at Congreso de la Asociación de Doble Caña de Sevilla in Spain, and was soloist with the Orquesta da Cámara Quito in Ecuador. El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) writes of her concerto with the Orquesta da Sinfónica de Guayaquil.... "Ridilla sparkled with intonation, expression and phrasing..."

Andrea is Principal Oboe of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She has also performed as Principal Oboe of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers include James Caldwell, Robert Bloom and Sara Lambert Bloom. She has also taken perfection classes in Europe with Hansjörg Schellenberger and Maurice Bourgue.  She is co-designer of the Ridilla Gouging Machine manufactured by Udo Heng’s firm, Reeds ‘n Stuff in Germany, which is U.S. Patented. She is a F. Lorée artist and plays a Lorée 125 oboe.