June Matayoshi

June Matayoshi, oboe/English horn, has been an active freelance musician in her native Chicago for 30 years. She is currently a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, and has held positions with the Joffrey Ballet, Illinois Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Salt Creek Ballet, and Hinsdale Opera Orchestra. In addition, June has performed with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Ars Viva, da Corneto Opera, and other regional orchestras and ensembles in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. June is a versatile musician who has been seen in a variety of settings on stage, backstage and in the pit of many of Chicago’s downtown theaters. She has played for the touring companies of the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Ballet West, as well as for pickup orchestras featuring Johnny Mathis, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, and Celtic Woman. June is on the musician roster for Broadway in Chicago, and was one of the oboists for Wicked during its three and a half year run. She also played with the national touring companies for Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and South Pacific.

June has served on the adjunct faculty at DePaul University School of Music, and has also held teaching positions at North Park College and Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University, having studied with Grover Schiltz, Carl Sonik and June Wollwage.

Outside of music, June has been the Grants Manager for the Irving Harris Foundation since 1985. She resides in Chicago’s Edgewater community with her husband, Stephen McClure.