• 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

1/22
Performing Arts Series: Andrew Willis, fortepiano
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Performing Arts Series: Andrew Willis, fortepiano
Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every era. At home in front of a piano or fortepiano, his performance at Lee will draw from the Bach Partitas, played on the Baroque...
1/24
Faculty Recital: Kristen Holritz, flute & ChoEun Lee, piano
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Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital: Kristen Holritz, flute & ChoEun Lee, piano
This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.
1/25
Saxophone Quartet Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Saxophone Quartet Concert
This event is free, non-ticked, and open to the public.
2/04
Presidential Concert Series: Schumann Quartet
Begins at 7:30 PM

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert Series: Schumann Quartet
That moment when one doesn't yet know what's happening, eyes and ears wide open, looking for some kind of orientation-Beethoven's ninth string quartet, for example. One unresolved chord after the...
2/07
Guest Artist: Vocal Chamber Recital: Yungee Rhie, soprano Michael Couper, saxophone ChoEun Lee, piano
Begins at 7:30 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Guest Artist: Vocal Chamber Recital: Yungee Rhie, soprano Michael Couper, saxophone ChoEun Lee, piano
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