Washington McClain, a specialist on Baroque and Classical oboes, performed with many groups in the United States, including The City Musick (Chicago), Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Apollo's Fire (Cleveland), Opera Lafayette (Washington, DC), Trinity Wall Street (New York), the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra (Washington, DC), and the Washington Bach Consort (Washington, DC). Washington was principal oboe in the Opera Lafayette from its 2003 production of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie through the 2011-2012 season.
In Canada and Europe, Washington performed with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, serving as core oboist for seven years, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), The Netherlands Bach Society, and was principal oboist of Arion Orchestre Baroque in Montréal, Québec. Washington's extensive teaching and performing experience in workshops and festivals in North America includes The Amherst Early Music Festival (New London, CT), Western Baroque Double Reeds Festival (Seattle), the Madison Early Music Festival, The International Baroque Institute at Longy (Boston), Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque (New Brunswick, Canada), The Staunton Music Festival (Virginia), and the Boston Early Music Festival. He was also the first period instrument performer to be featured in an article of Windplayer Magazine. Washington recorded for the Sony Classical, ATMA, Analekta, Naxos, Centaur, Early-Music.Com and CBC Records labels, and taught at The Early Music Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.