String Faculty


Dr. Laura Talbott Clark

Violin and Viola

A vibrant musician and innovative educator, Laura Talbott Clark is a violinist and violist equally dedicated to performing and teaching.  Currently, Laura serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for excellence in the performing arts in 2011.  In 2007, she was named the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Professor by the OSU Student Council.  She co-founded the OSU String Academy (OSUSA) in 2009 and started the OSUSA Violin Head Start Program in 2011. She is theDirector and Founder of the OSU Horizons String Chamber Music Camp.  Laura has held teaching positions at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts String Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, Indian Hill MusicCenter, Bands and Orchestras of America Summer Symposium, Triada Music Festival, and Boston University.  She has served as a Member-at-Large, Vice President, and President of the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She is currently OK-ASTA's Special Projects and Membership Chair.

An avid chamber musician, she is the second violinist of the Tulsa Rock Quartet.  She is a member of Tulsa Camerata, for which she performs on both violin and viola.  She has served as the principal violinist of the Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble of Boston and performed as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series (Oklahoma City), Mannes Conservatory’s annual Beethoven Institute (NYC), Triada Music Festival (Ludlow, VT) and Tulsa Brown Bag-It Recital Series.  Formerly, she was the Artistic Director of theFrontiers New Music Ensemble, an ensemble she co-founded.  She has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States.

Laura has an extensive background as an orchestral musician.  She is currently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, playing in their viola section; she also performs with the Tulsa Ballet (viola) and the Tulsa Opera (violin).  In the past, she has performed with the New Hampshire Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, Ann Arbor Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Cantata Singers Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Laura received her doctorate in string performance from Boston University.  She holds additional degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.).  Her principal teachers have included Peter Zazofsky, Paul Kantor, Christian Teal, and John Kochanowski. Laura has spent summers at Interlochen, Meadowmount, Tanglewood, Oberlin Baroque Institute and the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship student.

Equally interested in the scholarly aspects of performance, music education, and the creative process, Dr. Talbott has presented lectures at the American String Teachers Association National Convention (2007; 2009) and the Maryland Music Educators Association State Convention (2008).  Her 2007 ASTA presentation resulted in a feature article in Strings magazine’s “Strings 101” column (“From Croak to Croon” compiled by James Reel; October 2007, No. 152).  In 2007, Dr. Talbott organized a two-day seminar featuring San Francisco-based creativity coach and author, Dr. Eric Maisel.  The workshop, entitled “Coaching the Artist Within,” attracted artists from all disciplines and provided them with ways to connect more deeply to their art.

Initially triggered by her own experiences with overuse-injuries, Dr. Talbott is actively involved in educating OSU and Oklahoma string students about the biomechanics of playing the violin/viola and over-use injury prevention and rehabilitation.  She has participated in the Ithaca College Healthy Musician Symposium and is working toward certification as an Andover Educator.  In 2005, Dr. Talbott organized a three-day workshop at OSU featuring Andover Educator Chairperson, Dr. Amy Likar.  Dr. Likar worked with OSU students, members of the Stillwater community, and OU students to increase awareness of the biomechanics of string playing.

Dr. Talbott Clark is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Educators National Committee (MENC), Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA), and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

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Colin Waddell


Oklahoma City native Colin Waddell is currently the orchestra director at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. He has served in this position since 2013 and has received numerous accolades and awards in that tenure. His orchestras have competed with success at the highest level and have traveled through several states including Texas, Colorado, and Missouri. In 2019, the Putnam City Orchestras will travel to London, England to perform at Cadogan Hall. 

Colin has studied teaching, conducting, and performance techniques and strategies with Peter Markes, Kristin Geist, Donna Cain, Dr. John Schimek, and Dr. Matthew Mailman.

As a performer, Mr. Waddell is an accomplished violist and has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony, Enid Symphony, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He has also served as principal violinist/violist for 13 productions, musicals, and operas in Oklahoma City. In 2012, Colin helped pioneer the Graduate String Quartet program at Oklahoma City University.

In his spare time, Colin enjoys playing electric bass in the “Cody Dunbar Band” and has performed all across the United States. He also is proud of his loving wife, Melissa, who continually supports his musical endeavors. 

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Angelika Machnik-Jones


Honored for her “excellent musical instincts”, “great emotion, sensitivity, temperament” and “wonderfully committed playing”, Polish cellist Angelika Machnik-Jones has performed extensively as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician throughout Poland, Germany and United States. As a soloist, she has performed with Delta Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Community Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Norman, University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and Hays Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in several music festivals including Lancut International Music Festival (Poland), National Orchestral Institute, Eastern Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Mrs. Machnik-Jones performed on OETA – a local Oklahoma PBS television station and recently her performance was featured in the FOX 25 News. She was also featured in Daily Oklahoman, Greensboro News, Jonesboro Sun and City Wire in Fort Smith.

Angelika won several prizes both in Poland and United States. In Poland, she received the Fourth Prize in Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition, playing with Pratum Trio. Since moving to United States, she received the First Prize in Delta Symphony Concerto Competition, Third Prize in Gordon Parks Concerto Competition. She was a winner of Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition. Angelika also received Second Prize in Crescendo Music Awards and the First Prize in Oklahoma Community Concerto Competition. While in Dallas, she was the First Prize winner in Hubbard Solo and Chamber Music Competition. Most recently she became the Third Prize winner at Hays Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Mrs. Machnik-Jones has studied with Jadwiga Ewald, Jerzy Wujtewicz, Tomasz Zieba, Andres Diaz, Christopher Adkins and Jonathan Ruck. She has played in masterclasses for Mischa Maisky, Ko Iwasaki, Robert de Maine, Eric Kim, Matt Haimovitz, Tokyo String Quartet, Miro String Quartet and Avalon String Quartet. She holds music degrees form Oklahoma City University and Southern Methodist University.

Mrs. Machnik-Jones currently resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Dustin Jones and son Daniel. She plays with Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Fort Smith Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic and she is working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She is also the founder and director of Oklahoma Conservatory of Music, an Oklahoma City based school for classical music instruction. She is a passionate and committed pedagogue. Her students are winners of different competitions, including Oklahoma City Orchestra League Keith Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, and Oklahoma Music Teachers String Competition. Angelika’s students have also received top spots with Oklahoma All State Orchestra and have gone to study music at different universities across the state and the country .

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Andrew Goins

Double Bass

Andrew Goins is dedicated to bringing the perspective of an active performing schedule to his busy life as a music educator. Mr. Goins is the head orchestra director at Arlington High School in Arlington, TX, and over nearly twenty years of teaching, has built a reputation for revitalizing programs. Groups under his baton have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluations, as well as numerous accolades at music festivals, performances, and competitions across Texas and the United States. Mr. Goins has helped prepare and conduct TMEA honor groups, and has served as TMEA Region Chair and Region Vice-President. He is an active judge, clinician, and presenter on the use of technology in the classroom. Under Andrew’s leadership, the AHS Orchestra founded the first chapter of United Sound in Texas, providing the opportunity for students with special needs to participate in instrumental music.
As a performer, Mr. Goins enjoys an active and diverse freelance performing schedule on both double bass and electric bass. He plays in numerous orchestras, jazz groups, musical pit orchestras, and the occasional rock band. He regularly plays with the Dallas Winds, the leading professional wind ensemble in the United States, and recently recorded a CD featuring the works of renowned composer John Mackey. Andrew has accompanied Bobby McFerrin, Itzhak Perlman, and Chris Martin, among others.
Mr. Goins holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied double bass with Dr. David Neubert and Mr. John Fremgen. Andrew has served on the faculty for summer camps at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Sam Houston State University. His private students have consistently been members of the TMEA All-State Orchestras, and he has many former students who have gone on to perform, teach, and create music.When not teaching or performing, Mr. Goins enjoys cycling, camping and hiking in the mountains, and enjoying time with his wife, Ange, and their crazy rescue Schnauzer, Tigger.