Ted Sugata joined Pacific Symphony as Second Oboe in the 2014-2015 season. Previously, he was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, and principal oboist with the Lyrique-en-Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Ile, France. As an active chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed with many organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Jacaranda Music and Glendale Noon concert series.
A native of Los Angeles, he was the recipient of the ASCAP Leiber and Stoller music scholarship and semifinalist of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards Competition. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music with Joseph Robinson and John Mack. He has performed at the Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West and Sarasota music festivals. Dr. Sugata completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance at USC in 2014 under Dr. Joel Timm.
In addition to teaching at Chapman University, he also serves on the faculties of Azusa Pacific University, Long Beach City College, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and OC Music & Dance. Currently, his summers are spent at the Idyllwild Arts summer program where he
teaches oboe and chamber music. His students have gone on to careers in music and most recently accepted into the Juilliard School, Cleveland
Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Rice University, Indiana University, and USC. Recent student accomplishments include positions with the New York Philharmonic and Houston Grand Opera/Ballet.