Student Achievements

EMILY MOSCOSO (BM ’16) was one of three finalists chosen to compete in the 2014 IDRS Young Artist Competition in NY.  Emily performed a recital of music by Dorati, Saint Saens and CPE Bach on the campus of NYU in August.  CONGRATULATIONS, EMILY!

MELISSA HOOPER (MM ’14) is the new Assistant Principal Oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as of September of 2014.  Melissa took a leave of absence from UT for spring semester 2014 to perform regularly with the Honolulu Symphony and Hawaii Opera Theater.  Last season she played (substitute) Assistant Principal Oboe with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in their production of “Les Troyens” by Berlioz, English horn on their production of “Götterdämmerang” by Wagner (including their Hi-Def broadcast of that opera shown in theaters around the country), and 2nd Oboe on several performances of “La Rondine” by Puccini. She also performed as (substitute) 2nd Oboe and English horn with the National Symphony Orchestra, and both as (substitute) principal oboe and 2nd oboe with the Baltimore Symphony.

BETHANY LAWRENCE (MM ’14) recently performed as substitue oboist with both the Houston Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. She will be performing with Houston again in the spring of 2014.

FREDDIE BLOOD (DMA ’16) recently performed as substitute principal oboist with the New World Orchestra in Miami. She will perform with them again in February, 2014.

ANGELA PARK (BM ’13) was accepted into the MM program at Yale, where she is currently in her first year of study with Stephen Taylor. Angela was one of four undergraduate students to be awarded the 2012 UT Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for her performances with the Hill Country Reed Trio.

STEFANI IDE WILKINSON (BM ’07) has recently performed as substitute oboist with the San Francisco Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. After several years living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, trumpeter Micah Wilkinson and their beautiful baby daughter, Stefani and her family have moved back to her home town of Houston, where her husband is playing with the Symphony.

CHRISTINE MASSEY (MM ’10) is living and working in the Los Angeles area shere she frequently performs as subtitute oboist and English hornist with the LA Phil and as substitute oboist with the San Diego Symphony.

After a nation-wide search, DAN SCHWARTZ (MM ’08) is now Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Dan has performed as English hornist with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Canada under the direction of Pinchas Zucherman (January, 2011).

KEVIN BERG (DMA ’12) won the position of utility oboist with the Austin Symphony. He was recently a finalist in the Seattle Symphony 2nd oboe audition and a semi-finalist in the St. Louis Symphony 2nd oboe audition. Kevin is an active performer and teacher in central Texas.

MARY KAUSEK (BM ’11) completed the MM program at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2013, where she studied with Frank Rosenwein. Mary was selected to participate in the 2012 Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She recently performed with the Pittsburgh Opera.

GRACE WOODWORTH (BM ’11) completed the MM program at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer. She is currently working toward the DMA degree at LSU. Grace was awarded “Outstanding Senior Recital” for her degree recital at the Butler School of Music. In the summer of 2012 Grace was at Banff.

ANGELA PARK (BM ’13) was a finalist in the Coer d’lene Young Artist Competition held in Spokane, WA in January 2011.

JESSICA WARNER (MM ’10) has released a recording of Dirk-Michael Kirsch’s “Ganymed” for solo oboe, available on She was been appointed instructor of oboe at Eastern Tennessee State University for the 2011-12 academic year, and is currently living in Boone, NC with her husband, trombonist Drew Leslie and their beautiful baby boy.

SERENA ROWE (MM ’08) is Instructor of Oboe at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. In the summer of 2010 she performed as principal oboist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City under Carlos Miguel Prieto as music director. She continues to perform as second oboist with the Corpus Christi Symphony, teaches in the Austin area, and maintains an active chamber music schedule.

LINDSAY TAYLOR (BM ’08) was appointed oboist with the Xin Kong Qi Orchestra in Bei Jing, China for the 2008-09 season. She also toured Europe with the Bei Jing Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2009. She is currently living in Kansas City.

JENNIFER BERNARD (MM ’07) is Oboe Instructor at Texas Lutheran University, Principal oboist with the Laredo Philharmonic, English hornist with the Victoria Symphony, and a frequent performer with the Austin and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras.

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.

SUSAN TOMKIEWICZ (DMA ’05) in a tenured Assistant Professor at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Since 2011 she has hosted the annual Carolyn Hove English horn master classes at Columbus State University. In 2016 she will Co-Host the Conference of the International Double Reed Society at Columbus State.

TENLY WILLIAMS (MM ’05) is Second oboist and English hornist with the Boulder Philharmonic, and Principal oboist with the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra. She gave the world premiere of Joseph Landers’ “Aspects of Casseiopeia” for oboe and guitar at the 2008 IDRS Conference in Utah. In addition to her regular teaching and performance schedule, Tenly served as a sabbatical replacement for Dr. Gary Moody at Colorado State University in the fall semester of 2012.

CRYSTAL STOHR HALL (MM ’04) maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in Chicago, along with an on-line reed business ( She was a faculty member at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington in the summer of 2008, and has performed with the Mid-Summer Music Festival in Wisconsin. She is the oboist and director of education for the Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago:

ANDREW JACOBSON (BM ’04) completed his MM degree in oboe performance at Eastman, and is currently living in Greeley, Colorado. In 2008, Andrew performed as second oboist with the National Symphony Orchestra in a series of concerts under the baton of Loren Maazel.

LEIGH ANN WOODARD (DMA incomplete) is featured prominently on the song by Indian mega-star A.R. Rahmann, “Pray For Me, Brother,” and on a film score by the same composer.


BETHANY LAWRENCE (Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival)
MELISSA HOOPER (Aspen Music Festival)
KEVIN BERG (Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Colorado College Music Festival)
LINDSEY REYMORE (Hot Springs Music Festival)
FREDDIE BLOOD (Round Top Music Festival, Monteux Music School, Chautauqua Music Center)
MARY KAUSEK(Pacific Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival Insternship program)
GRACE WOODWORTH (Monteux Music School, Marrowstone Music Festival Internship program, Brevard Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, NSO Orchestral Training Program)
ANGELA PARK (Marrowstone Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, John Mack Oboe Camp)
HERSON DE LA GARZA (John Mack Oboe Camp, Marrowstone Music Festival)
MATT PRZEKOTA (Carolyn Hove master classes)
ALEX BEDNAREK (Marrowstone Music Festival)
WINONA VAN ALSTYNE (Marrowstone Music Festival)
DAN SCHWARTZ (National Repertory Orchestra, Round Top Festival Institute, Aspen Music Festival)
SERENA ROWE (Pacific Music Festival)
STEFANI IDE (Eastern Music Festival Intern, Round Top Festival Institute)
AMY BURGUS (Hot Springs Music Festival)
JOSH BORSKI (John Mack Oboe Camp, Monteux Music Festival)
ANDREW JACOBSON (Banff Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute)
TENLY WILLIAMS (Banff Music festival, Round Top Festival Institute)
CHRISTINE MASSEY (New York Summer Music Festival, 2010 UT Wind Ensemble European Tour)
SUSAN HATCH TOMKIEWICZ (Hot Springs Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute)
JESSICA WARNER (Aspen Music Festival, New York Summer Music Festival)