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Debbie Busch, Oboe

Debbie Busch, oboe, hails from Philadelphia and moved to California 20 years ago. For the past 12 years, she has played with Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Bay Pops Orchestra, and several choral and chamber groups in the San Francisco Bay area. Before moving to Monterey, she played oboe with the North State Symphony (Chico), Paradise Symphony, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She received her oboe training from Louis Rosenblatt (former English horn in the Philadelphia Orchestra) and at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Wisconsin), not to mention the ongoing inspiration (and reed supply) from partner Peter Lemberg.

Debbie's primary occupation is as a linguist specializing in second language acquisition. She has been a “perpetual” student, receiving advanced degrees from UCLA (applied linguistics), Cornell University (Japanese), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). She taught oboe and English as a foreign language in Kobe, Japan for two years and technical English at Czech Tech University in Prague for several months. She also managed the Persian-Farsi curriculum development project for the Defense Language Institute and has trained language teachers for various international organizations and universities. She was most recently a consultant in the Language Policy and Leadership Office of the California Department of Education in Sacramento, where she monitored public school language programs for six years. In her spare time (if any), she likes to (can you guess?) learn foreign languages – currently trying to learn Chinese to communicate with her son’s in-laws from Beijing – and straighten up people’s houses.