Frances Shelly is Professor of Flute at
Frances Shelly is Professor of Flute at
Andréa Banke currently serves as Assistant Professor of Oboe at Wichita State University, Principal Oboe with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. Prior to coming to Kansas, Ms Banke held the position of Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. An active chamber musician, Andréa frequently performs as Guest Principal Oboe of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms Banke has appeared as soloist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Schlossfestpiele in Germany, the Camerata Philharmonica Bohemia in Czech Republic, and been a recitalist with members of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra.
From 1997-2001, Ms Banke performed over 500 woodwind quintet recitals, educational concerts, and outreach classes as solo oboist of the Dakota Wind Quintet -- appearing in diverse venues from a Sioux Indian pow wow to a high -security prison in Nebraska. Closer to home, she now serves as the chamber music coach and lecturer at Chamber Music at the Barn’s Camp Da Capo” program for adult musicians.
Andréa's playing has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WXXI (NY) Live From Hochstein as a soloist. Ms Banke earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer (BM), summa cum laude, and the University of Minnesota under Kathryn Greenbank (MM). The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls) has called her playing “a thread of gold”, and the International Double Reed Society Journal as “[showing] lots of flair, verve and technique.”
Ms Banke’s dedication to chamber music extends to the Czech Republic, where she now spends her summers as oboe professor of AMEROPA, an international chamber festival taking place in the historic city of Prague.
Suzanne Tirk joined the faculty of
Nicholas Smith assumed the dual positions of Professor of Horn at Wichita State University and Principal Horn of the Wichita Symphony in 1975. He has held the Principal Horn positions in the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Madison (WI) Symphony and the forty piece American Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. He has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony and as Assistant Principal Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic. Dr. Smith has worked with summer festivals such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in
Scott Charles Oakes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Wichita State University, Principal Bassoon of the Wichita Symphony, and Bassoonist of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. Previously, Mr. Oakes held positions of Principal Bassoon of the Quad City Symphony (Davenport, IA), the Rockford Symphony (IL), and was a member of both the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic. Noted for his “smoky” bassoon tone and “grace and beauty,” Mr. Oakes is equally at home performing with numerous orchestras in the Chicago area and throughout the upper Midwest, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra; the Symphonies of Green Bay, Elgin, Lake Forest, Northwest Indiana, and South Bend; the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago; and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Scott joins the Wichita Grand Opera as Principal Bassoon this season, having previously performed for various opera companies including Opera Illinois, Des Moines Metro Opera, Elgin Opera, Chicago Cultural Center, and L’Opera Piccola of Chicago. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at a range of venues throughout the Chicago metro area, including the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall and Gottlieb Hall. Other engagements have included performances with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and Southern Illinois Music Festival.
Mr. Oakes holds a Master of Music degree from the DePaul University School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers were William Buchman of the Chicago Symphony and Dr. Donald DaGrade.