Phone: (405) 425-1990
Oklahoma Community Orchestra
C/O Oklahoma Christian Music Department
P.O. Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
Principal Musician Biographies
June, a native of Louisville, KY completed her undergraduate work at the University of
Louisville, and her graduate work at Louisiana State University.
Having professionally played in orchestras throughout the southern states,
June currently is a member of the first violin section of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Lawton, OK Orchestra, as well as the Enid Symphony Orchestra in Enid, OK.
June also maintains a studio of private violin students with an emphasis in the Suzuki
concept of teaching.
June is one of four women who started the Fine Arts Institute in Edmond,
offering art, drama and other areas such as a children's choir to children as well as
adults who want to enrich their lives with fine art experiences.
June has recently been appointed to the Edmond Arts and Humanities Council.
She is also very active in the Oklahoma City Orchestra League serving on the
board and working on several of the educational projects that they fund and support.
Wright, Principal, Ass't Concertmaster
Richard Wright is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory
of Music with a bachelors degree in Violin Performance.
At Oberlin he was a student of Stephen Clapp (Dean
Emeritus of the Julliard School). Richard also holds a
BA in Religious Studies from Oberlin College, an MA from
Abilene Christian University, an MTS from Southern
Methodist University, and a PhD from Brown University.
Richard has taught violin privately and at Abilene
Christian University. He has played in the Abilene
Philharmonic, the San Angelo Symphony, and also
performed with the Abilene Chamber Players.
Richard is Chair of the Graduate School of Theology at Oklahoma Christian University.
Tonya Ford, Principal – 2nd Violin
Tonya earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tulsa. She was able to join the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra during her junior year of college and performed with them for a total of sixteen years. After graduating, Tonya taught orchestra with the Norman Public Schools as well as playing with the Lawton Philharmonic for four years before returning to Tulsa. In 1990, her family relocated to Edmond and she started teaching orchestra with the Edmond schools. Tonya soon joined the Oklahoma Community orchestra and has served primarily as assistant-concertmaster. She also enjoys performing with the Enid Symphony.
and Bill Thompson, Co- Principals - Viola
Bill and violas go way back. As dating
they shared a
viola stand in Wichita Falls (TX) high school
where a good date
often involved some viola
practice together. As
newlyweds, they played
together in the
orchestra. For many years
they have continued to
share a viola stand in the
Orchestra. 41 years into marriage, they still
together. The viola
can be very romantic.
Kathy completed her Masters in Piano Performance and
Pedagogy and her
PhD in Music Education at the University
Oklahoma and now serves as
the chair of the music
department and teaches at
Bill collects violas and works as an insurance
agent in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Bob Carroll, Principal - Cello
Bob is a graduate of U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City. While attending the
University of Oklahoma, he was principal cellist in the OU Symphony and a member of the OU
He was also a cellist with the Midland-Odessa, TX Symphony following his
collegiate years, while working as a YMCA professional.
Currently, Bob plays for pleasure in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and as
a member of the Classics Moods String Quartet.
In his professional life, Bob is a jewelry insurance and security expert; owner of the
Robert G. Carroll Associates -- Oklahoma's only agency that specializes in insuring both the
personal jewelry of individuals and jewelry-related businesses throughout several states
in the Southwest.
Romanishin, Principal - Flute
, has performed in the Tucson Symphony, Ballet and Pops
Orchestras, Arizona Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Opera
Orchestra, Norman Flute Quartet, and Missouri Symphony
Society Performing Arts Center Chamber Orchestra.
Her many solo recitals include guest artist
appearances at the University of Arizona and the
University of Redlands, CA., as well as the Ada Arts
Council Artist Series.
She has performed at national conventions of
Sigma Alpha Iota and the National Flute Association.
On the founding board of the Oklahoma Flute
Society, she has served in many capacities, including
president and treasurer.
Romanishin has taught flute at
and the Northern Arizona University Summer Fine Arts
Camp, and flute and piano at
). An active
member of Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, she is a
Nationally Certified Teacher of flute.
As a member of the Norman Arts and Humanities
Guest Artist Program, she presents educational
performances about the flute family for schools. She
teaches flute, adjudicates, freelances, and performs and
records with the Arioso Consort.
Warlick, Principal - Oboe
Gerald earned his Bachelor of
Music Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
There he studied oboe with Richard Killmer, currently professor of
oboe at the Eastman School of Music. He taught instrumental music in
Crescent and Oklahoma City Public Schools; was adjunct professor of
oboe and bassoon at the University of Central Oklahoma and performed
as a member of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He has also
performed with symphony orchestras in Enid, Fort Smith and Lawton.
Mr. Warlick retired as a music educator after fifteen years
with Midwest City-Del City Schools. He is presently adjunct
professor of oboe at Oklahoma Christian University and teaches oboe
for several school districts. In addition to the Oklahoma Community
Orchestra, Mr. Warlick performs regularly as an oboist with the
Cimarron Wind Quintet, Crosswinds Reed Trio and as co-principal
oboist with the Enid Symphony Orchestra.
Jennifer "Jenny" Rucker, Principal -
is principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and performs as an
alternate for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the second place winner of the 2007 Orchestral Excerpt Competition of the
International Clarinet Association.
Jenny earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the
University of Central Oklahoma. She is a school band director and
presently teaches in the Yukon Public Schools.
In addition to the International Clarinet Association, Jennifer is a member of The Lyric
Theatre Orchestra in Oklahoma City, The Pollard Theatre Orchestra in Guthrie and The
Cimarron Wind Quintet. Jenny also plays saxophone and performs with The Edmond Jazz
Orchestra and The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra.
Jenny has served on the orchestra Board of Directors and is also a past president.
Barre Griffith, Principal Bassoon
Barre, an Oklahoma native, studied bassoon from 1953-1962 with the late Betty Johnson,
former principal bassoonist with the Oklahoma City Symphony and the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic Orchestra. He attended Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, from
1962-1966 and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During that time, he
played with the ASU Orchestra, Sun Devil Band, Opera Workshop Orchestra, and the ASU
Student Woodwind Quintet. In addition, he performed as second bassoonist with the
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. From January - June 1967, he was a Graduate Assistant
with the Music Department of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, and was the principal
bassoonist with the University of Idaho Orchestra. From 1967-1971 he was a member of
the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and attended the Catholic University of America
from which he earned a Master of Music Education degree. While living in the Dallas,
Texas, area from 1971-1979, he played with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra as principal
Barre is president of the American Exchange Bank, Lindsay, Oklahoma, and
vice-president of the First National Bank, Fletcher, Oklahoma. He is also the Music
Director, Choir Director, and Bell Choir Director of the United Methodist Church, Lindsay,
Oklahoma. Along with being a free lance musician, he performs as principal
bassoonist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, the Cimarron Wind Quintet, and is the
third bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nagode, Principal - French Horn
Kristi graduated from the University Central Oklahoma with a combined vocal and instrumental Bachelor of Music Education degree. She studied horn with Dr. Melvin Lee and played in the band, orchestra and various ensembles.
After graduating, she taught vocal music at
and Junior High
for four years, and also played with the Westside Wind Quintet. During a two-year stay in
, Kristi played
principal horn with the Enid/Phillips Symphony orchestra and studied with Dan Meier.
After returning to
in 1987, she directed adult and childrens
choirs at St. Lukes
for nine years. She and her husband, Cory, who plays trombone in
the Community Orchestra, also play in the St. Lukes brass ensemble. Kristi serves on
the Poteet Theatre Board, a branch of Arts at St. Lukes, as volunteer box office
manager and website administrator for the small church / community theatre housed in St.
Kristi and her husband Cory
reside in south Oklahoma City.
Bill Knisely, Principal - Trumpet
Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Bill is a graduate of Midwest City High
School; earning his Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University and his Masters degree
from the Northwestern University School of Music. Currently, Bill is the band director for
Del Crest Junior High School in Del City, OK. He lives in Midwest City with his wife Tonya
and their three sons.
Horton, Co-Principal - Trombone
Matt is a resident of Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to serving
Oklahoma Community Orchestra as webmaster, photographer, trombonist, and past board member, he is a local business owner providing audio recording, mastering, videography, and web design services. Matt is also Operations Director for the International Trombone Association. A non-profit organization serving the trombone community.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree and has also worked towards a masters degree in trombone performance from the University of Oklahoma where he has studied with Dr. Irvin L. Wagner. Matt is also a member of the University of Oklahoma trombone choir, has performed on trombone for the Pope, the Enid Symphony, the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, and was a member of the Taipei Symphonic Winds in Taiwan. Matt enjoys traveling the world, serving the community, and supporting the arts.
Nagode, Co-Principal - Trombone
Cory began playing with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra
in 2006. He attended the University of Oklahoma
for undergraduate studies and graduated from OU medical
school in 1984. He is a family physician serving
Oklahoma City since 1987.
In undergraduate school, Cory was active in music,
performing with the Pride of Oklahoma marching band and
the OU trombone choir. He studied privately with
Dr. Irvin Wagner and Dr. Kent Kidwell. While in medical
school, he played trombone for the contemporary
Christian group, "Daystar".
In addition to performing with the Oklahoma Community
Orchestra, he also plays with the OU Trombone choir and
the St. Luke's United Methodist church brass ensemble.
Cory has also sung in various church choirs and
ensembles and has been featured as a singer and actor in
the casts of several musicals at the Poteet Theatre.
Bellows, Principal - Tuba
Having performed in many local productions, Martin has always been an active musician and
supporter of the arts.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music
Education degree, he taught instrumental and vocal music in New Mexico and Oklahoma until
After working a few years for the state of Oklahoma and then in private
industry, he started Bellows Musical Instrument Services in Edmond, where he repairs band
instruments and tunes pianos.
Martin has sung with various quartets and directed the local Barbershop
chapter in Chickasha. He established the church orchestra at Henderson Hills Baptist
Church in Edmond and continued to direct for fifteen years. Currently he sings in the
choir at Waterloo Road Baptist church, and plays tuba in the Coffee Creek Brass
He has been with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra since 1993.
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Maurice Galoob, Principal - Percussion
Maurice is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and taught in Oklahoma public
schools for five years. In the Ardmore area,
he both played in and conducted the Southern Oklahoma Symphonette and participated in and
conducted various pit orchestras for the Ardmore Little Theater.
In the Oklahoma City area Mr. Galoob is the former
conductor of the Adult Flute Choir of the Oklahoma Flute Society and has guest conducted
the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He
regularly performs in pit orchestras for the Jewel Box Theater in Oklahoma City, Summer
Stock in Edmond, the Pollard Theater in Guthrie, the Sooner Theater in Norman and plays
drums with Talk of the Town, a Glenn Miller style jazz band. He is the current principal percussionist
with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and has also been its guest conductor.
He and his wife, Gyan, (piccolo)
have been active players in the OCO for many years and have served on its Board of
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