A former student of the legendary Ray Still, Deanne Renshaw earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Oboe Performance from Northwestern University before moving to the Carolinas in 1999. Having gained additional influence from Alex Klein, Deanne has held the Principal oboe chair with the Carolina Philharmonic since its inception in 2009, and is an active freelance musician in both North and South Carolina. For over ten years she was the Principal oboist with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, performing as a soloist with the orchestra in 2007, and performing at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Philharmonic and the Carolina Philharmonic. In 2012, she was featured as soloist with the Wilson Barton Symphony Orchestra and performed regularly in the pit orchestra of the North Carolina Theater. Deanne has played and recorded with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of the Carolina International Orchestra, a dynamic multi-cultural touring organization featuring orchestral musicians from the United States and China. She has performed as the principal oboist for the Amman Symphony Orchestra in Jordan, the International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, the Long Bay Symphony, the North Carolina Master Chorale, Opera Carolina, and the Florence (SC) Symphony Orchestra. Deanne has also performed for touring shows in the Durham Performing Arts Center, as well as for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Recognized for her “lovely, winning English Horn solo” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina in 2009, Deanne was invited by Ray Still to perform in 2007 on his last public recital of his lengthy and reputable career. She is currently the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Carolina Philharmonic and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Horry County School of Music. She has been on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for over 15 years, following several years on the music faculty at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, and Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Deanne currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC.