Marta Boratgis

Second Oboe

Year you joined the ECSO:1995

Marta Boratgis hails from the Rocky Mountains of Boulder, Colorado. Marriage relocated her to New Haven in 1984. She is Second Oboe of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Oboe, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Second Oboe, Norwalk Symphony, English horn, Utility Oboe, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and recently retired from Second Oboe at the Colorado Music Festival where she is, now, the Housing Director. In addition to playing, Marta is a prominent orchestral contractor and a few of her clients include the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Greenwich Choral Society, New Haven Chorale, Greater Middletown Chorale and numerous churches in Fairfield and New Haven Counties with substantial music programs.

Hidden talent(s):Hiking and low level mountaineering.

Favorite musical memory: Playing Mozart’s “Gran Partita” with the Colorado Music Festival with Michael Christie on the podium. We were performing in the beautiful Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO and the sun was setting behind the mountains as we played.

Favorite Motto or Quote:“That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”

Favorite Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach

What/Who inspired you to take up your instrument:My mother was a pianist, my father a violinist. Music was an “every day occurrence” in our home. I also loved everything “Arabian” and heard the oboe in one of those hokey movies with belly dancers and sheiks. The exotic sound of sound of the oboe drew me to it and, later, I took up Middle Eastern dance and Arabic hand drum.