Jennifer Auerbach is the director and founder of the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Chicago Musical College and master’s and doctoral degrees in music theory from the University of North Texas (UNT). She has taught private bassoon lessons in the Dallas metroplex since 1998 and she is in demand as a master clinician and adjudicator. She has given numerous clinics at the Texas Music Educators’ Convention and is co-authoring a method book for first-year double-reed classes.
Dr. Auerbach was the recipient of a 2005-2006 Fulbright award for a year of study in Vienna where she studied the unknown early manuscript of Heinrich Schenker’s last music theory treatise, Der freie Satz (Free Composition). She plays in the Richardson Symphony and the Allen Philharmonic and is a founding member of the Bluebonnet Woodwind Quintet. She has performed with orchestras in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada.
Dr. Auerbach maintains a private teaching studio in the Dallas area. Her bassoon teachers include: Joe Urbinato, Kathleen Reynolds, Kevin Hall, Robin Howell, Michael McCraw and Monte Perkins.
Celeste johnson frehner
Celeste Johnson is currently the Associate Professor of Oboe at OSU, and maintains positions performing with the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Ballet Orchestras. She hosts the annual Oklahoma Oboe Festival, bringing renowned oboists to the OSU campus. During the summer of 2016, she will begin performing with Opera Maya, a summer opera company located in Cancun, Mexico.
As a performer, Celeste has appeared with numerous orchestras, music festivals, and in competitions around the globe. She has held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Ms. Johnson has also won prizes for her performances at the Barbirolli and the Fernand Gillet/Hugo Fox International Oboe Competitions. She has also performed in Switzerland, Canada, Colómbia, the Isle of Man (British Isles), and as guest principal oboist of the Russian String Orchestra. She served as principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra with performances in Carnegie Hall, and has received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Ms. Johnson has held additional teaching positions at the Bay View Music Festival, Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Kansas and with the Colómbian Youth Philharmonic in South America. She has been awarded the First Lady of OSU Outstanding Music Faculty Award in 2011 and the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence in 2007.
Celeste Johnson holds a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary teachers have included Richard Killmer, Nancy Ambrose King, Dan Stolper, and Phil Koch.
Dr. Nathan Koch joined the faculty of Sam Houston State University as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon in the fall of 2012. He has appeared as a workshop clinician and lecturer at Southern Methodist University, Sam Houston State University, and many area middle and high schools. He has also presented at the conventions of the Texas Bandmasters Association and the International Double Reed Society, most recently in Tokyo, Japan, with his double reed quartet, Quartex.
His freelancing work has led to engagements with the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the symphonies of Austin, Tulsa, Victoria, and Brazos Valley. Festival appearances include the Round Top Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School Orchestra, and the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. He has been on the faculties of the Longhorn Music Camp, Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp, and the High Plains Band and Orchestra Camp. Several of his publications are available through TrevCo Music, including works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Debussy.
Nathan received his BM, summa cum laude, from Wichita State University under the guidance of Nicolasa Kuster and his MM and DMA from the University of Texas at Austin with Kristin Wolfe Jensen.