Deb Stevenson has been a freelance oboist in the Chicago area for over twenty years. In addition to her work with the Metropolis Quartet & Symphony, she also performs frequently with the Lake Forest Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva, and Apollo Chorus.


Deb can be heard on recordings of the Strauss "Alpine Symphony" and Stravinsky's complete "Firebird" with the Chicago Symphony; "I Know Where I'm Going" and "Christmas in St. Charles" with the St. Charles Singers; "Messiah" with Apollo Chorus; numerous recordings for GIA music publishing company; "Music from the Bolivian Rainforest" with the Metropolis Symphony; and the Milwaukee Symphony.


Deb currently serves as contractor for the Broadway Series at the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora. She has also hired performers for St. Charles Singers concerts and recordings, Heartland Voices, and Canterbury Singers. In her work for the Paramount Arts Center and the Chicago Theatre she has provided musicians for artists such as Bernadette Peters, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Video Games Live and Mannheim Steamroller.


Deb teaches at Wheaton College and maintains her own active teaching studio.


Deb's formal music education began in Louisville, KY and she continued in college at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University and Northwestern University. She has studied with Marion Gibson, Grover Schiltz, Ray Still and Larry Thorstenburg.


“Oboist Deb Stevenson came through with a ardent, deftly-shaped solo.”

       -Chicago Sun-Times review of her performance of

        Astor Piazzola’s Oblivion for Oboe & String Orchestra

Harris Theatre, Chicago, IL.