Oboe Studio

Welcome to the Oboe Studio at The University of Southern Mississippi! The students who make up the oboe studio are enthusiastic and dedicated to their pursuit of musical excellence. We work hard in an atmosphere of creative pursuit of students' individual goals, while supporting and encouraging each other. 

For oboists of all levels, the program is focused around a firm grounding of the fundamentals  

  • tone production
  • finger agility
  • expressive musical phrasing  
These fundamentals are refined through the practice of long-tones, technique methods, memorized scales, articulation exercises, Barret and Ferling etudes, orchestral excerpts, solo repertoire, and reed-making.If you want to keep up with our studio milestones, please find us on Facebook and and follow us on Instagram @usm.oboes




 Galit Kaunitz, Assistant Professor of Oboe

Galit Kaunitz

Email: galit.kaunitz@usm.edu
Office: Marsh Hall, 317 
Phone: (601) 266-6042 



The School of Music provides oboists with many opportunities to flourish into sophisticated players of the oboe and English horn. Opportunities for performing chamber music are available, and students can also audition to perform in the larger award-winning ensembles. Every year, students in the oboe studio have the opportunity to work with world-class guest artists in master classes. 



  • Category 5, Magnolia Reed Trio, Driftless Winds Reed Trio


Recent Performances

  • Recitals and master classes at Georgia State University, Central Michigan University, and Arkansas State University (Fall 2018) 
  • Benefit Concert to support the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry (November 2018)
  • Feeling Back: A lecture recital with Ed Hafer and Ellen Elder (September 2018) 
  • University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival (October 2018) 
  • Chamber music recital for oboe, clarinet, and viola with Hsiaopei Lee and Jackie McIlwain at the USM Viola Festival (November 2018) 

Alumni Accomplishments

Alumni of the Southern Miss oboe studio have successfully auditioned for and continued their musical studies at esteemed schools of music and conservatories across the nation. Here are some recent alumni accomplishments:

  • Andrea Silverio (BM) is currently pursuing her doctorate in oboe at Michigan State University 
  • Emily Matherne (BME) is teaching elementary school music at Poplarville Lower Elementary School 
  • Scott Smith (DMA) Presented a lecture at The Society for American Music conference titled: “John Cage’s ‘Rock’ Music: and Compositional Process in Ryoanji (1983–85)” in 2017


Upcoming Events

  • January 30, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. 
    Benefit Concert at University Baptist Church.
    Food donations to go to Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry
  • March 19, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. 
    Concerto appearance with the USM Symphonic Winds Concerto for Oboe by Lucas Foss
  • June 30 - July 6, 2019 
    Gulf Coast Summer Oboe Academy with Alex Klein and Galit Kaunitz. 
    Presented by Festival South and the USM School of Music