• 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

9/21
Faculty Recital: Clint Schmitt, saxophone
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital: Clint Schmitt, saxophone
9/29
Faculty Recital: Josh Holritz, violin & ChoEun Lee, piano
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital: Josh Holritz, violin & ChoEun Lee, piano

Chattanooga Symphony Associate Concertmaster Josh Holritz and Assistant Professor ChoEun Lee will present a recital featuring the first three sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven.

This...

10/03
Presidential Concert: Charlie Albright, piano
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert: Charlie Albright, piano

Recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and hailed as "among the most gifted musicians of his generation" by the Washington Post, pianist Charlie Albright will be returning to Lee...

10/10
Wind Ensemble Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Conn Center
Wind Ensemble Concert

Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. David R. Holsinger, professor of music, a renowned composer and national band clinician. The ensemble performs traditional band literature for winds and...

10/16
Sr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Sr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello

This event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

Squires Recital Hall is located on the first floor in the south end of the Humanities Building on Lee University's beautiful...

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