Alumni

Amy Burgus

AMY BURGUS (DMA ’07) is the principal oboist of the Round Rock Symphony, second oboist of both the Victoria Symphony and the Brazos Symphony, and has lately been seen on stage with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Temple Symphony as well as other regional orchestras. She maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule, including performances at the 2010 International Double Reed Society and the 2010 Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference. She was the Assistant Program Director for the 2005 IDRS Conference held in Austin.


Andrew Jacobson

Andrew Jacobson received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas and his Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Since graduating from Eastman, he has played with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Choral Arts Society of Washington DC and has frequently performed in the Kennedy Center and the Washington National Cathedral. He has worked with Lorin Maazel and Jorge Mester, among others. Andrew has participated in music festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Banff Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. On the audition circuit, he was a finalist for Principal Oboe in the San Diego Symphony, a Semi-Finalist for English Horn in the Oregon Symphony, a Finalist for “The President’s Own” Marine Band, a Finalist for “Pershing’s Own” Army Band, a Two-Time Finalist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and advanced in the Principal Oboe audition for the Seattle Symphony. Andrew now resides in Ft. Collins, CO.


Christine Massey

Christine Massey received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Nancy Ambrose King, Rebecca Henderson, Carolyn Hove, and Linda Gilbert, and she has participated in masterclasses with Robert Atherholt, Joe Robinson, Steven Taylor, Anne Leek, Leslie Odom, and Martin Schuring. While in Austin, she taught private lessons and masterclasses and performed with the Brazos Valley Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, and Austin Symphony Orchestras. Christine made her concerto debut at age 16 as winner of the Texas Music Teachers Association concerto competition and has since performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in England, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and France. Christine currently lives in Los Angeles where she freelances and teaches private lessons and reed making. She is on the faculty of Cal-State Fullerton, and has recently performed as substitute Principal Oboist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and substitute English hornist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Crystal Stohr Hall

Originally from St. Paul, MN, Crystal Stohr Hall currently resides in Chicago, IL, where she moved to play a two-year contract with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She was also a MusiCorps fellow, which helped her to bring music into underserved communities around the city. During her time in Civic, Crystal was a founding member of the Hará Woodwind Quintet. In 2001 Crystal earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory studying under James Caldwell, and in 2003 received a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas where she studied with Rebecca Henderson. Crystal has appeared at various summer music festivals, including the Festival Institute at Round Top in Texas and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada. An active freelance musician, Crystal plays frequently with many area ensembles, including the Illinois Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a substitute musician with the Florida West Coast Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic. She is the principal oboist with the Illinois Symphony and 2nd oboe/English horn with the Rockford Symphony. Crystal is the oboist and director of education for the Fifth House Ensemble, which presents regular subscription chamber music concerts as well as concerts in lots of non-traditional venues (bars!) and interactive outreach/educational concerts and in-school residencies. Crystal is also the oboist with the Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble which performs in various venues throughout Chicagoland. In addition to playing, she maintains a busy private teaching schedule at various music schools and high schools in the Chicago area.


Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz completed his BM degree at Vanderbilt University in 2006, his MM degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and his DMA at the Eastman School of Music in 2011. He is currently Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. While at UT, Dan was awarded “Outstanding Graduate Recital” for his MM degree recital. He was a finalist in the audition for Principal Oboist of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, and a semi-finalist in the audition for Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Ballet. Dan recently toured Canada as English hornist with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada under the direction of Pinchas Zuchermann.


Galit Kaunitz

Galit Kaunitz received her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from The Hartt School of Music in 2006 where she was a student of Humbert Lucarelli. During her time there she won first prize in the 2005 van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, attended the Banff Centre Masterclass under the guidance of Richard Killmer, and attended the Eastern Music Festival in 2002 and 2003. She went on to earn her Masters of Music at The University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Rebecca Henderson, Alex Klein, Robert Atherholt, and Richard Killmer. In 2008 Galit was invited to perform with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on their tour of Europe, where they premiered John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus in Switzerland, England, Luxembourg, Austria, and Spain. During this tour she was given the opportunity to give performances in distinguished halls such as Valencia’s Palau de la Musica and London’s Cadogan Hall. Galit is currently working toward her DMA at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where she studies with Professor Eric Ohlsson.


Grace Woodworth

Grace Woodworth completed her BM degree in oboe performance at UT in 2011. She is currently working toward the MM degree in performance at the Eastman School of Music. Summer festivals include Brevard Music Center, Hot Springs Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival and Banff.


Jennifer Bernard

Jennifer Bernard currently serves as Principal Oboist for the Victoria Symphony and Laredo Philharmonic, and as music instructor at Texas Lutheran University. She has performed with the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, Nashville Symphony, Air Force Band of the West, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Mid-Texas Symphony. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with honors in 2003, and completed her Master of Music degree from UT Austin in 2007. She has also worked as a translator and coordinator at the Boston Records Oboe Orchestral Repertoire Festival in France, and will be making her European recital debut in June of 2010, with performances in Paris and Germany.


Jessica Warner

Jessica Warner began her study of the oboe with Andrea Mather-Stow at the age of 10 in South Bend, Indiana. She made her solo debut at the age of 17 with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Warner holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose-King and received her master’s from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Rebecca Henderson. In 2005 she was associate principal oboist of the Auckland Philharmonia, in Auckland, New Zealand. In Michigan, she held a position as principal oboist of the Pontiac Symphony for five years. Ms. Warner has performed oboe and English horn with many orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, including the South Bend Symphony, Marion Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Austin Civic Chorus, and Monterrey Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Warner attended the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival where she studied with Joseph Robinson. She spent three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Jeannette Bittar and John Mack. While living in Austin, Texas, Ms. Warner taught a large private studio of oboe students, and was a theory teacher at the Clavier Werke School of Music. She was also oboe faculty in 2008 and 2009 at the Longhorn Summer Music Camp. This summer will be her fourth summer teaching oboe at the New York Summer Music Festival. Ms. Warner currently teaches at Eastern Tennessee State University.


Kevin Berg

Kevin Berg completed his MM degree at UT in 2009 and his DMA in 2012. He is currently living in Austin, performing as a member of the Austin Symphony and teaching a number of young oboists in the area. Kevin has been a finalist or semi-finalist in a number of professional auditions, including those for positions in Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Nashville Symphony and St. Louis Symphony. Summer festivals include Aspen, Colorado College and Round Top.


Mary Kausek

Mary Kausek completed her BM degree in oboe performance at UT in 2011. She is currently working toward the MM degree in performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Summer festivals include Hot Springs Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and in 2012 she was selected to perform in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.


Michell Vigneau

Dr. Michelle Vigneau, Associate Professor of oboe and member of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet, received a Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in oboe performance from the University of Texas. She has taught at Colby College, Bates College, the Portland Conservatory of Music, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Dr. Vigneau has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and Mexico and spent three years playing in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. She joined the faculty of the University of Memphis in 2003.


Rebecca Fairweather Haskins

Rebecca Fairweather Haskins is the principal oboist of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, and second oboe/English horn in the Round Rock Symphony. She has a master’s degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance with Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan. She has performed with numerous orchestras and festivals, including the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Opera in the Ozarks Festival Orchestra, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival Student Orchestra, the Banff Chamber Music Festival, and the Detroit Civic Orchestra. She is also a full-time private lesson teacher in the greater Austin area and the mom of three beautiful little girls.


Serena Rowe Griffin

Serena (Rowe) Griffin holds degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (BM ’05) and the University of Texas at Austin (MM ’07). She is currently living in Guadalajara Mexico with her husband and musician Adrian D. Griffin. She is the oboe professor at the University of Guadalajara and elementary music teacher at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara. In 2010 she performed as principal oboist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director. She continues to perform as second oboist with the Corpus Christi Symphony and maintains an active chamber music performance schedule.


Stefani Wilkinson

Stefani (Ide) Wilkinson has performed as guest oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony. Summer Festivals include the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Cabrillo Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center. Originally from Katy, Texas, she completed the BM degree in oboe performance at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and one year of the MM degree at Rice University in Houston before moving to Portland, Oregon.


Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz

Dr. Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Previous appointments include the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Bowling Green State University, Luther College and Texas Lutheran University. An active proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered many new solo, electronic and chamber works for oboe and English horn by such composers as Brooke Joyce, Bruce Pennycook, Jeremy Baguyos and Nancy Galbraith. As a performing artist, Susan has been a recitalist at the International Double Reed Society, SEAMUS, Electronic Music Midwest and the College Music Society. She has also performed with a number of ensembles and productions across the country including the Omaha Symphony, Wicked, the Austin Symphony, the Maine Chamber Ensemble and the Bangor Symphony. Susan has participated on numerous recording projects including Bells for Stokowski, Fandango, and the PBS Texas Parks & Wildlife theme show music. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude, the University of New Mexico and the University of New Hampshire. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henderson and Kevin Vigneau.


Tenly Williams

In addition to performing on oboe and English horn with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenly Williams is principal oboist of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and founding member of the Mountain Music Duo. A Colorado native, Tenly is happy to be living in Denver after completing her Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2001. Tenly teaches students of all ages and abilities at the Denver School of the Arts, Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette. A commercial reed maker for Midwest Musical Imports since 2004, Tenly presents reed making workshops in addition to master classes, entrepreneurship seminars, and recitals.