Jonathan Justin Dlouhy Obituary Jonathan J. Dlouhy, age 61 of Decatur, GA passed away on July 31, 2017, from a massive heart attack. Jonathan was the principal oboist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 2006. Originally from Bedford, Ohio, Jonathan was a 1976 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. While attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, he won the Institute's concerto competition, performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto with his own cadenzas, and accepted an invitation to tour the United States and Italy with the North Carolina School of the Arts International Orchestra as principal oboe. Jonathan was also a student at the Eastern Music Festival, where he was a two-time winner of the Outstanding Musician Award. Jonathan returned to the Festival in 1987 as a featured performer and teacher. Upon graduation, Jonathan spent one season playing with the Akron and Canton Symphonies. In 1977 he accepted the position of associate principal oboe with the Toronto Symphony for two seasons. Jonathan has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Instuitute of Music, Ohio University, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Georgia State University. With the Atlanta Symphony appointment, Jonathan was a featured soloist countless times. He spent his summers performing with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. (1979) and with the Chautauqua Summer Festival (1981 & 1982). Jonathan was an avid reader, baseball fan (Atlanta Braves) and social media enthusiast. He will be remembered for his musical talent, sense of humor, and quick wit. Jonathan is survived by his daughter Elizabeth, his sister Susan, and his mother Margaret. Jonathan was preceded in death by his father Joseph. A private memorial will be held later this summer.

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  1. I remember how kind you were at my mother’s funeral — and you were there. I remember how frustrated we both got on a canoe trip in North Georgia when the water was low and we had to portage more than paddle! I remember that famed evening at the movie theater in Buckhead. I remember our last dinner at P.F. Chang’s in Roswell. Rest in peace friend.

  2. It’s a shock to learn of Jonathan’s death. I met him when he was a student at the Eastern Music Festival, and we reconnected when he played in Toronto while I was in Ottawa. He was a great talent and a lovely person.

  3. I first met Jon when we were in grade school at Glendale Elementary in Bedford. I had not seen him since high school graduation but had kept track of his music career, always interested in knowing where his musical talent would take him. Please accept my sympathies on your loss.

  4. Very sad news. I’ll never forget the fun we had at Tanglewood together back in the 70’s. A great oboe player.

  5. The first time I heard jon play he was still in high school. He sounded amazing and went on to be a star extraordinare. I can still hear his beautiful tone. He will be remembered.

  6. This is a very sad loss. I recall meeting Jon after I, a violinist, joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1978. We roomed together on the Western US tour and had a lot of fun. Jon loved spicy Chinese food and sushi both of which he introduced to me. We would have fun playing video games at an arcade called FUNLAND. After he left Toronto I visited him in Atlanta. His musicianship in the TSO was wonderful. My sincere condolences to his family

  7. Spent an enjoyable two years in the TSO with Jon. And he played at our wedding.
    Our condolences to his family.

    Frank and Carolyn Morphy

  8. Jon contributed so much to the ASO during his tenure as Principal Oboe–beautiful playing, beautiful concerts, beautiful recordings

  9. I am shocked to hear this news! I never realized I was older than my favorite oboe teacher! Jon was so helpful to me and helped me win several auditions which certainly furthered my career. I never got to thank him! Huggggs to him wherever he is and more to his family! Remember the blessing of having him in your life from the oboe playing to the wonderful person!

  10. There are no words to describe how I feel. Such a tragic loss at only 61. My love and condolences go out to Elizabeth, Peg and Susan.

  11. Jon and I shared a number of venues during our careers. Students together at Tanglewood, a summer as members of the National Symphony, a summer music festival, and several years as members of the Atlanta Symphony. He was a solid, accomplished player, whose musicianship and consistency were impressive.

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