Artist Profile

Henderson, Nevada

Stephen Caplan

Caplan, Stephen

Why would a classically trained oboe player make Nevada his home? Because good music is at home everywhere. And for nearly three decades Nevada has enthusiastically welcomed Stephen Caplan's music. "I've been privileged to see cowboys inspired by Mozart's music in Pahrump, watch children's smiling faces as they tapped their feet to chamber music in Lovelock, and hear an audience's spontaneous roar after playing Piazzola with the Carson City Symphony. When it comes to sharing great music, home means Nevada to me," he says.

Caplan adds, "Nevada has given me opportunities I wouldn't have found anywhere else. Has any other oboe player tuned a slot machine, recorded music accompanied by a spinning roulette wheel, or played for Klingons at the Star Trek convention? It's thrilling to be spotlighted alongside superstar pop performers on the Las Vegas Strip, and also to perform with classical music superstars such as Hilary Hahn, Luciano Pavarotti, and Itzhak Perlman. I've collaborated with many fine musicians throughout Nevada, having been a featured concerto soloist with every major symphonic organization in the state, as well as performing solo and chamber music in a wide variety of venues, from school gymnasiums, to Pipers Opera House in Virginia City and the Smith Center in Las Vegas.

"Don't tell the Convention Authority, but lucky for me, what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas! I've premiered new works written by Nevada composers at the Winchester Center in Las Vegas, and also at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as well as New York's Carnegie Hall. My recordings have been featured on NPRs All Things Considered, and Performance Today. I've played in orchestras for the Latin Grammys as well as other international television broadcasts, and have given solo recital and concerto performances throughout the US and Europe."

Finally, it's important to him keep music alive by keeping musicians healthy. Caplan's studies of anatomy and movement have resulted in two books for musicians, workshops presented around the world, and undergraduate and graduate level coursework offered at UNLV, where he is a Professor of Music. "Helping train future generations of performers is just one way of giving back to the state that has given me so much--Nevada, a state rich in arts," he says.

Dr. Stephen Caplan is Professor of Oboe at UNLV and Principal Oboe with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. His work has been supported by the NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL, National Endowment for the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Meet the Composer Foundation, and WESTAF. He is the only performing artist to receive the NAC Artist Fellowship three times, and as member and director of the Sierra Winds was awarded the Nevada Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Dr. Caplan has music performance degrees from Northwestern University and University of Michigan, is a licensed Andover Educator, and a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist.
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