Hilary Coon has served as principal oboe for the Salt Lake Symphony since 1995. She is also a member of the SLS Board and is responsible for writing grant proposals to public and private foundations which contribute a large portion of funding to the SLS budget.
She received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While in Colorado, she performed as a regular member with the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Arvada Chamber Orchestra. After moving to Utah and joining the SLS, she also has been a regular member of Sinfonia Salt Lake, a freelance performer, and a substitute performer with many other groups along the Wasatch Front, including the Utah Symphony. Hilary received a PhD from the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, where she leads research studies of genetic and environmental risk factors contributing to mental illness.