Lorraine Duso Kitts is a Professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct oboe instructor at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She plays Second Oboe with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as well as freelances with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in orchestras outside of the State of Arkansas such as the Knoxville Symphony, TN, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Mexico and Orquesta Sinfonia de Jalapa in Mexico. As a soloist she has performed John Corigliano’s Aria from his Oboe Concerto with the Arkansas Symphony and was a soloist with other ensembles, such as the Pine Bluff Symphony (AR), Fuzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in Fuzhou, China, and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. In August 2016, she performed the entire Corigliano Concerto with pianist, Dr. Kazuo Murakami at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo. Dr. Duso has premiered works by John Steinmetz, Christopher Theofanidis, Matt Quayle, Stefanie Berg and Paul Dickinson with members of the Arkansas Symphony double reed trio, DDG Trio (Duck, Duck, Goose). They have performed at the International Double Reed Society at the University of Redlands, California and at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, River Rhapsody Chamber Music Series. Dr. Duso Kitts begins her summers teaching reed making and masterclasses at Dixie Band Camp, an eighty-one year old establishment for junior and high school Arkansans for two weeks, and then travels to the New England Music Camp for the seven week program. Dr. Duso has been teaching at NEMC since the summer of 2000. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Indiana University, her Master of Music degree in English horn and Oboe Performance from Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Jerry Sirucek, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy and Harry Sargous.
Elizabeth Roberts, Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year. She became a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as their contrabassoonist beginning in the 2017-18 season, and has played Second Bassoon with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015. Ms. Roberts was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri for the 2013-2014 academic year. She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. Ms. Roberts joined the faculty of the New England Music Camp during the summer of 2017. She was a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee, and has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Barbara York, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross. Ms. Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Harid Conservatory Orchestra and the Waynesboro Orchestra, and was invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Double Reed Society conference in 2010 (OK), 2013 (CA), 2014 (NY), and 2017 (WI).
Ms. Roberts has taught bassoon, reedmaking, and chamber music in the Charlottesville, VA area since 2001, and has performed and taught at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (VA), Beyond the Notes (UVA), where she served as Artistic Director, Music Mind and Reading (NC), the Cascade Festival of Music (OR) and the Coastal Youth Symphony Camp (GA), where she served as Program Director. She currently serves as the Music Advisor for Crozet Arts. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music from the Harid Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to both Pi Kappa Lambda and USC Presidential Fellows, and received the Dean’s Special Commendation. Her principal teachers were Arthur Weisberg, Stephen Maxym, and Frank Morelli. She has pursued additional studies on bassoon with Nancy Goeres and on contrabassoon with Lew Lipnick and Holly Blake.