Congratulations to our 2019 elected officers!
Dr. Alison Robuck teaches at Central Methodist University and for the Missouri Symphony Conservatory, and she is President of the Midwest Double Reed Society and Vice President for Odyssey Chamber Music Series. She has performed as a member and a soloist for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Peoria Bach Festival, and the Baroque Artists of Champaign. As oboe faculty for Ameropa, a three-week summer chamber music festival in Prague, she has performed solo and chamber concerts in many locations around the city including several in the Prague Castle, the Brevnov Monastery and in the Rudolfinum's Dvořák Hall. She was invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society conventions in NYC, Tokyo, and Columbus, Georgia. She studied oboe with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Robert Atherholt, and Dan Willett.
"It has been a pleasure to be President of MDRS for the last two years, and it would be an honor to continue to serve the organization for another two-year term. Over the past two years, I have enjoyed shaping the preparations for the Double Reed Festivals and Young Artist Competitions, coordinating the establishment of our online e-journal, The Crow!, spearheading the moveable recital series known as MDRS to go!, and initiating Skype meetings for MDRS officers in order to create opportunities for oboists and bassoonists in the Midwest. It would be a joy to continue as President for the members of MDRS!"
Second Vice President
Dr. Margaret Marco is the Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas and principal oboist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Her career has taken her to prestigious venues in Venezuela, Japan, England, Canada, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and China. She has been a featured performer at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, California; New Frontiers Music Festival in Laramie, Wyoming; the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, KS; Encuentro de Oboes y Fagots, in Costa Rica and many International Double Reed Society Conferences. She served as Chair of the IDRS Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition from 2008-2019. Margaret has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mu Phi Epsilon and the University of Kansas. She can be heard performing Copland’s Quiet City on NAXOS. Other recordings include her solo CDs, Oboe Sonatas of the French Baroque and Still Life and her CD with the trio Allégresse entitled Fresh Ink. Margaret can also be heard performing the music of Ingrid Stölzel and Juliana Hall on NAVONA Records. She has been a member of MDRS for over 20 years and has served as President, First Vice President and, currently, 2nd Vice President.
"Hi! I’m Margaret Marco and I’m the oboe professor at the University of Kansas where I have been teaching for over 20 years. Prior to that, I taught at Luther College in the lovely town of Decorah, IA. I have been a part of MDRS for over 20 years. Shortly after joining the faculty at KU, I was asked to serve as the president of MDRS. This was before we had officer elections! Since then, I have served also as first vice president and second vice president alternately (obviously) for the better part of my time in Lawrence. I spearheaded the transformation of our Annual Meeting and Member Recital into a full-fledged Double Reed Festival with guest artists, workshops and vendors which we host annually at KU. 6 years ago, I established a relationship with F. Loreé oboes in Paris to sponsor a Loreé artist each year for our festival. That has enabled MDRS to bring in guest artists such as Alex Klein, Erin Hannigan, Toyin Spellman, Nancy Ambrose King, Andrew Parker and Jaren Atherholt.
"As the current second vice president, I have been entrusted with running our annual Young Artist Competition. For the past three years, I have helped to raise approximately $2000 annually, through the help of our generous sponsors. These funds have gone toward increasing prize money and enabled us to attract an increasing number of student participants. To my knowledge, MDRS YAC is the only specifically double reed competition in the Midwest and I am thrilled and honored to have been able to coordinate this event for our MDRS student members to give them an opportunity to grow through performance and helpful comments from a thoughtful panel of adjudicators. I look forward to serving you all for another two years!"