• Robert Burks
    Robert Burks,
    Oboe Instructor

    B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
    Email: rburks@leeuniversity.edu

    Robert Burks is Principal Oboist of the CSO Orchestra and Oboist of the CSO Wind Quintet.  He was born and raised in Oklahoma and began formal training on the oboe at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music with Richard Woodhams, now Principal Oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  While in St. Louis he played in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.  He then was accepted at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied oboe with John Mack, Principal Oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

    After graduating from the Cleveland Institute he performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.  In 1981 he moved to Chattanooga as Principal Oboist of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Burks has performed numerous times with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, recently participating in a recording of Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler (Yoel Levi, Conductor).  He also has recorded for the RCA Studios in Nashville.  Mr. Burks teaches oboe in several area colleges and is a member of the Local 80 Musicians Union Board.

Music Events Calendar

1/24
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano

Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Soprano Susannah Biller has been praised for her “incandescent, exquisitely supple soprano” (Dallas Morning News) and her “light, sweet lyric voice and...

1/25
Masterclass: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
Begins at 4:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Masterclass: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano

Lee University is proud to welcome home Cleveland-native Susannah Biller as part of their prestigious 2016-2017 Presidential Concert Series. Susannah has sung with with the San Francisco Opera,...

1/27
Graduate Vocal Auditions
Begins at 12:30 PM | Read more

Graduate Vocal Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
1/30
Graduate Instrumental Auditions
Begins at 2:00 PM | Read more

Graduate Instrumental Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
2/03
School of Music Auditions
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School of Music Auditions
For more information please contact McKenna Fetzer, (423) 614-8675, mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
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