Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh

Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh's Biography

Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh is the Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Montana. She joined the UM School of Music after ten successful years of teaching at Luther College and Central Michigan University. Ms. Cavanaugh is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a member of the Amiche Duo with mezzo-soprano Kimberly Gratland James. She frequently performs solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, and serves as the principal English horn player with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as the principal oboist with the Montana Lyric Opera, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and as acting principal oboist with several other orchestras throughout the Midwest and Northwest.

While at Central Michigan University, Ms. Cavanaugh was a member of the Powers Woodwind Quintet. She can be heard on their July 2011 release, which features “Gems” for the Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Cavanaugh has performed at several International Double Reed Society Conferences, as well as The Midwest Clinic, multiple College Music Society Conferences, and several state conferences. Ms. Cavanaugh is passionate about commissioning new music for the oboe. Some commissions/world premiere performances include works by Christopher Stark, Kieren MacMillan, and Neil Flory. Her teachers include Rebecca Henderson, James Brody, and Tad Margelli, and her degrees are from the University of Washington, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Central Washington University.

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