• 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

10/23
Chorale Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

The Chapel
Chorale Concert
William R. Green, conductor

This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.

10/24
Songs That Touch Our Hearts
Begins at 7:00 PM

Lee University Chapel
Songs That Touch Our Hearts
Songs That Touch Our Hearts is featuring wonderful music from The Red Back Hymnal with Danny Murray directing. This event is hosted by Paul & Darlia Conn.

If you are interested in tickets,...

10/25
Presidential Concert Series: Imani Winds
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert Series: Imani Winds
The venerable genre of wind quintet-written for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon-has existed since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Despite its long history, the wind quintet is...
10/26
Performing Arts Series: Jay Poff, voice
Begins at 7:30 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Performing Arts Series: Jay Poff, voice
An alum of Lee University from Hunstville, Alabama, Poff has performed all over the world as a solo artist, and around the country in various theatrical roles. In 2010, he was named Best Male Lead in...
11/01
VIP Music Makers
Begins at 6:30 PM

Pangle Hall
VIP Music Makers
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