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Cally Banham: Bio

Cally Banham has been a proud member of the St. Louis Symphony since 2006, when she was appointed to the Solo English horn position by Music Director David Robertson. Before joining the St. Louis Symphony, she held many posts, including English horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Principal Oboe with the Memphis Symphony, Fellow with the New World Symphony, and English horn with Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, in Toluca, Mexico. She has been featured as a soloist numerous times with the St. Louis Symphony, most recently in the fall of 2014 with Sibelius's Swan of Tuonela. She has performed nationally and abroad at various festivals, among them Tanglewood, UBS Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Spoleto USA, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Bellingham Music Festival. 

Banham is the Oboe and English horn Teacher of Music at Washington University Saint Louis. She has held a private teaching studio for 20 years and has given more than 100 educational demonstration concerts in St. Louis elementary schools. She also teaches in the master class setting and coaches the oboe students of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Hailed by the New York Times for "supremely beautiful playing and graceful virtuosity," and by the Boston Globe for playing "outstanding in quality of tone and eloquence of phrase," Banham has performed as a guest in the principal English horn chairs of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2013 Banham transformed her hobby of dancing Argentine Tango into a musical pursuit. She founded Cortango, a Tango dance band with a symphonic twist, featuring colleagues from the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis jazz musician Adam Maness. Cortango performed live more than 20 times in its first two years, and released its debut album, Tandas, in May of 2015. As the founder and leader of Cortango, and Executive Producer of Tandas, Banham appeared as a guest on the PBS national program Arts America.

A native of Philadelphia, Cally Banham attended Temple University and studied with the late renowned Philadelphia Orchestra English hornist Louis Rosenblatt. She later moved to New York and received a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music, as a scholarship student of Joseph Robinson, New York Philharmonic Principal Oboist emeritus.

1 White Christmas
2 Carol of the Bells
3 In the Bleak Midwinter
4 Christmas Time is Here
5 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
6 Silent Night
7 Little Drummer Boy
8 Do You Hear What I Hear
9 Wexford Carol
10 Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
11 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
12 In Dulci Jubilo
13 Comfort ye from 'Messiah'
14 Arabian Dance from 'The Nutcracker'

"Intimate, Warm, Plaintive, Whimsical, Fresh, And Full Of Heart, You'll Feel It To The Cor - " Los Angeles Stage And Cinema

"The English horn is an instrument known for it's eloquent voice-like quality, perfect to express joyful lyrical lines, as well as peaceful and reverent emotions." - Cally Banham

Announcing the re-release of Cor Christmas, an instrumental collection of sacred and secular carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn, performed by Saint Louis Symphony Solo English horn player Cally Banham. Featured on the album are Banham's own ensemble Cortango, Adam Maness Trio, and Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, and harpist Allegra Lilly and percussionist William James.. Cor Christmas presents a varied journey through popular Christmas tunes, presented in a fusion of classical and jazz styles and reimagined in new and sonorous arrangements!

This 2019 re-release includes an added track, (Arabian Dance from "The Nutcracker"). In 2018, Cor Christmas, was awarded the KDFC San Francisco and KUSC Los Angeles "Album of the Week" during Christmas week 2018, and was the WKNO Memphis "Album of the Month" for December 2018.