Dr. Leslie Odom is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida. Her teachers include Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), James Lakin (University of Iowa), Malcolm Smith, (Butler University), and Marion Gibson (Principal Oboe, Louisville Symphony Orchestra). Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. She also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate during her doctoral work. Dr. Odom was Principal Oboe on the CBS Masterworks recording (1988) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. She was awarded first runner-up in the Graduate Performance Competition during the National Convention of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity held at Tucson Arizona in 1988. Prior to moving to Gainesville, Dr. Odom performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Quad Cities Symphony (Davenport, Iowa) and as Principal Oboe with the Cedar Rapids IA, Symphony. Since moving to Gainesville in 1989, Dr. Odom has performed with the Jacksonville, FL, Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Flagler (Florida) Symphony, and is currently Principal Oboe of the Gainesville Orchestra. Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada. She attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff, Canada, Centre for the Arts, and worked as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. A member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Odom regularly performs at the Society’s Annual Conferences. Along with performing, Dr. Odom writes reviews of music and compact disks for the Society’s Journal. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, currently serving her second term as National President.
Soomee Yoon, piano, received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz, her Master's Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Seymour Lipkin and Bachelor of Music at Seoul National University. As a recipient of the Director's Award at Boston University, she received post-graduate training in Collaborative Piano and worked in the studios of numerous voice teachers including Phyllis Curtin, William Sharp and Richard Cassily. She was previously a faculty member at the University of Florida. Dr. Yoon is currently a visiting professor of piano at Gachon University and a faculty member at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea.
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