Virginia Metzger

Principal, Guild of the Greenville Symphony Endowed Chair

Virginia Zeblisky Metzger, a native of Long Island, holds an M.A. degree from the City University of New York, Hunter College, and a B.F.A. degree from the State University of New York, Purchase College.  Her major teachers include Ronald Roseman, Joseph Robinson, Joel Timm, and John Mack.

Ginny has held the position of Principal Oboe with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 1985.  In addition to her position with the GSO, she currently holds principal oboe positions with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony and the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium.  She previously held principal oboe positions with the Asheville Symphony and Brevard Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with many other regional orchestras, including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Charleston Symphony.  She has been featured as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony, and Brevard Chamber Orchestra.

Before coming to South Carolina, Ginny was a founding member of the Kaiser Woodwind Quintet, a group which was sponsored by Carnegie Neighborhood Concerts and which performed throughout the tri-state area.  She also played regularly with the Amato Opera and New Amsterdam Symphony, and freelanced with diverse musical organizations such as Scovasso Opera, Putnam Symphony, and Darien Dinner Theatre.  She spent the 1984-85 season touring Europe with “Showboat” before moving to Greenville.

In Greenville, Ginny has performed various chamber works in the Greenville Symphony’s Spotlight Series.  She has also performed with the Galliard Woodwind Quintet, the Bob Jones University Woodwind Quintet, and the Heritage Woodwind Quintet, and was a founding member of the French Broad River Woodwind Quintet.  With the Greenville Symphony Woodwind Quintet, she has played educational concerts in all of the elementary schools in Greenville County.

Ginny has served as artist-in-residence at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, and has taught oboe at Furman University.  Her reeds have been sold nationally through Covey Oboes in Atlanta.  She is married to Robert Metzger, a non-musician, but appreciative audience member.