Oklahoma Community Orchestra


"A Season for All Ages"

Principal  Musician  Biographies


June McCoy

June McCoy, Concertmaster
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.


Richard 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 the Edmond Chamber Orchestra. Tonya is now retired from Edmond Schools, where she taught orchestra for 21 years.


Kathy and Bill Thompson,  Co- Principals - Viola
Kathy, Bill and violas go way back.  As dating teenagers 
they shared a viola stand in Wichita Falls (TX) high school 
orchestra, where a good date often involved some viola 
practice together.  As newlyweds, they played together in the
Abilene Christian University orchestra.  For many years 
they have continued to share a viola stand in the Oklahoma
Community Orchestra. 45 years into marriage, they still 
make music 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 
of Oklahoma and now serves as  the chair of the music 
department and teaches at Oklahoma Christian 
University. 
  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 String Quartet.
   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 is a member of the Classics Moods String Quartet; additionally, he plays solo cello for weddings, receptions, and other events.
   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.

 


Andre Francisco, Principal - String Bass
Andre’ is a proud graduate of U.S. Grant High School where he was voted student council president during the 1975 – 76 school year, a first for African-Americans at the school. He attended Central State University in Edmond studying string bass with Ruth Ralston. He has also studied with Charles Hoag at the University of Kansas.
   A fourth generation music educator in Oklahoma City, he is currently the Instrumental Music Teacher at Melvin P. Rogers Middle School in Spencer, Oklahoma. He previously taught band and orchestra at John Marshall, Star Spencer and Frederick A. Douglass High Schools. He was also adjunct professor of brass at Rose State College and adjunct professor of string bass at the University of Central Oklahoma.
   As a performer, Andre’ is the principal bassist of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. He has been a member of the bass sections of the Enid/Phillips Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic and for sixteen years the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is also an assistant director of the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir with whom he had the honor of conducting the then Oklahoma City Symphony on two occasions. From 1984 until 1995 he was the minister of music at the East Sixth Street Christian Church and currently is choir president at Prospect Baptist Church.
   Civically, Andre’ has served on the board of directors of the Urban League, and the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Black School Educators, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia among other organizations. He has received awards from the NAACP, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 5-Alive “My Favorite Teacher Honor Roll, the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir “William Roche Award”, and the Top Ladies of Distinction Humanitarian Award. Andre’ and his wife Teresa reside in Oklahoma City. They have one son, Addam.

 


Janet Romanishin

Janet Romanishin, Principal - Flute
Janet Romanishin, DMA, University of Southern California, 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. Dr. Romanishin has taught flute at Duquesne University and the Northern Arizona University Summer Fine Arts Camp, and flute and piano at South Mountain Community College (Phoenix). An active member of Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, she is currently president of Norman Area Music Teachers Association, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of flute. She has presented educational performances about the flute family for schools through the Norman Arts and Humanities Guest Artist Program. She teaches flute, adjudicates, freelances, and performs and records with the Arioso Consort.


Gerald Warlick

Gerald Warlick, Principal - Oboe
Gerald Warlick 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 Southern Nazarene University and maintains a private studio of oboe students. Mr. Warlick performs regularly as principal oboist with the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Community Orchestra
. Mr. Warlick also performs with the Edmond Chamber Orchestra and Cimarron Wind Quintet.


Jennifer "Jenny" Rucker, Principal - Clarinet
Jenny has been principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra since its inception and is a frequent substitute for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, playing clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. In addition, Jennifer has competed in the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinetfest” Orchestral Excerpt Competitions, where in 2006-2008, and 2010, was chosen as a semifinalist, and in 2007, won second place in Vancouver, B.C..
  Jenny earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a member of the Cimarron Wind Quintet, The Lyric Theatre Orchestra, the Edmond Chamber Orchestra, the Pollard Theatre Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians Local 375-703. She is currently the adjunct clarinet instructor at Oklahoma Christian University, the University of Central Oklahoma and has a highly successful private clarinet studio at her home in Edmond.
  Jenny may also be seen and heard playing clarinet, sax and flute, with local bands, such as The Shadowman Blues Project, Moonlight Serenade, and The Edmond Jazz Orchestra.


Barre Griffith

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 bassoonist.
  
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, the OU Civic Orchestra and is the third bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.


Bill Knisely

Bill Knisely, Principal - Trumpet
Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Bill is a graduate of Midwest City High School; earning his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master’s degree from the Northwestern University School of Music. Currently, Bill is the band director for Del Crest Middle School in Del City, and teaches trumpet privately. He lives in Midwest City with his wife Tonya and their three sons. Bill has played with the OCO for 19 years and has served as President on two occasions.


Kristi Nagode

Kristi Nagode, Principal - French Horn
Kristi graduated from the University of 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 Newcastle High School and Junior High for four years, and also played with the Westside Wind Quintet. During a two-year stay in Enid, Kristi played principal horn with the Enid Symphony Orchestra and studied with Dan Meier.

After returning to Oklahoma City in 1987, she directed adult and children’s choirs at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for nine years. She and her husband, Cory, who plays trombone in the Community Orchestra, also play in St. Luke’s instrumental ensembles and serve on the board of El Sistema Oklahoma. Some of the other groups Kristi has performed with are the Harmonious Winds Quintet, the University of Oklahoma Hornsemble and Civic Orchestra, the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company and Sooner Theater.


Cory Nagode, Co-Principal - Trombone
Cory attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied Chemistry and was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band and the OU trombone choir. He studied trombone with Dr. Irvin Wagner at OU and Dr. Kent Kidwell at University of Central Oklahoma. He graduated from OU medical school in 1984 and completed his residency with the OU Department of Family Medicine in 1987 and has practiced in south Oklahoma City since then.

Cory joined the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and rejoined the University of Oklahoma trombone choir in 2006. He plays in the brass ensemble at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he has been a member since 1981. Cory serves on the board of El Sistema Oklahoma, which is a free music program and ministry of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in partnership with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. If Cory is not doing one of the things mentioned above, he'll probably be on a tennis court or golf course!


Matt Horton

Matt Horton, Co-Principal - Trombone
Matt is a resident of Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to serving the Oklahoma Community Orchestra as webmaster and trombonist, he is the owner of a local business, AVPRO Studios, which provides professional audio and video production services. Matt is also Operations Director for the International Trombone Association.
   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 studied with Dr. Irvin L. Wagner.
  Matt performs with the University of Oklahoma trombone choir and the Bethany Brass Quintet "BBQ" in Norman, Oklahoma. Matt enjoys traveling to Asia, serving the community, and supporting the fine arts.


Martin 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 1976.
   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 Quintet. 
   He has been with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra since 1993.

 


Maurice Galoob

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 and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. He has performed in pit orchestras for the University of Oklahoma Music Theater, 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.
  He and his wife, Gyan, (flute/piccolo) both teach privately. They have been members of the OCO since 1984 and currently serve on its Board of Directors. They are the proprietors of The Candy Basket in Norman since 1989.


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