• 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

2/19
Faculty Recital: Doug Warner, trombone & Michael Carver, bass trombone
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital: Doug Warner, trombone & Michael Carver, bass trombone
2/20
Sr. recital, Caroline Hamby & Anna Marie Brendel
Begins at 6:00 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Sr. recital, Caroline Hamby & Anna Marie Brendel
This event is free, non-ticked, and open to the public.
2/20
Wind Ensemble Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Conn Center
Wind Ensemble Concert
2/21
Faculty Recital - ChoEun Lee & Josh Holritz
Begins at 7:30 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital - ChoEun Lee & Josh Holritz
2/22
Performing Arts Series: Jacqueline Culpepper, soprano
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Squires Recital Hall
Performing Arts Series: Jacqueline Culpepper, soprano
Jacqueln Culpepper, soprano, has performed more than 85 roles in opera, oratorio, and solo concert tours. "She sings the lights out." (Charlotte Observer)

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