Woodwind Faculty


 

broffittDr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer
Flute
virginia.broffitt@okstate.edu 
flutestudio.okstate.edu

 

Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer is Associate Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University, principal flute of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, a Mentor for the Hot Springs Music Festival, and a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players. A versatile musician, she has established a successful career as a teacher, soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Before her appointment at OSU, she served as faculty at Western Illinois University and flutist in the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. She has also held positions in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Broffitt was a faculty member with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and served as guest artist and faculty in residence for The North Carolina School of the Arts Music Piccola festival. Among Virginia's notable accomplishments are winning the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in 2004.

An avid teacher and performer, she has given performance master classes and performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Virginia has appeared as a soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, INTY Ensemble, the OSU Wind Ensemble, OSU Symphony Orchestra, and the WIU Symphony Orchestra. She is an active presence in the National Flute Association, performing at numerous conventions, previously serving as Coordinator of the Young Artist Competition, and currently serving as a Board Member. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Virginia has had the opportunity to work with many notable contemporary composers on their pieces, including Chen Yi, Derek Bermel, George Tsontakis, Jake Heggie, Michael Fiday, and Moritz Eggert.

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Dr. Broffitt received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Tadeu Coelho. She went on to receive a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her past teachers include Dr. Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Jack Wellbaum, and Dr. Irna Priore.

Virginia is a Miyazawa Performing Artist. 


IMG 5503Melissa Bosma
Oboe
melissa.bosma@okstate.edu 
oboestudio.okstate.edu

Melissa Bosma is Lecturer of Oboe at Oklahoma Stte University, where she also serves as Director of the OSU Summer Music Camp. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Ms. Bosma served as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Heidelberg University, where she performed with the faculty woodwind quintet, regularly performed at the New Music Festival, and commissioned new solo works for oboe and piano.

Ms. Bosma taught extensively in Michigan through her studio and master classes at many local middle and high schools. Ms. Bosma also founded Ducks in a Row: Reedmaking Camps, a series of weeklong summer reedmaking intensives for students throughout Michigan. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Bosma is an active orchestral musician who held the positions of Second Oboe with the Michigan Philharmonic, English Horn with the Dearborn Symphony, and Principal Oboe of Arbor Opera Theatre. She performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Toldeo Symphony, and many other ensembles in the tri-state area. In Oklahoma, Ms. Bosma frequently performs with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, and other ensembles throughout the state. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Bosma attended the Sarasota Music Festival and was a Fellow at Music Academy of the West where she was a featured soloist under the baton of Grammy-nominated conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Melissa Bosma graduated with Master of Music degrees in both Oboe Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Southern Methodist University. Her primary teachers include Erin Hannigan and Nancy Ambrose King.


BabetteBelter

Babette Belter

Clarinet

babette.belter@okstate.edu

Babette Belter is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma State University. Ms. Belter holds degrees in Music Education, Woodwinds, and Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Michigan State University. She currently performs as principal clarinet with the Tulsa Ballet Orchestra and Signature Symphony where she has appeared as a soloist performing works of Weber, Bernstein, and Rossini. Professor Belter also regularly performs with the Tulsa Philharmonic. Among her many performances have been presentations for conventions of the International Clarinet Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

In addition to performing as a soloist throughout the United States, Ms. Belter has presented a series of solo recitals in Japan and has performed the Copland Concerto with the Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As a recipient of the Southwestern Bell Foundation Fellowship, Professor Belter participated in the Classical Music Seminar-Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and researched several Hungarian chamber music manuscripts in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Belter has served as an American Cultural Specialist in Costa Rica through the United States Information Agency where she presented recitals and master classes on American music. Her travels have also taken her to Israel and England where she has performed as a soloist and presented master classes.

In 2004, she received the Wise-Diggs-Berry award for outstanding teaching at Oklahoma State University.


Ryan Gartner

Saxophone

ryan.gartner@jenksps.org

Ryan Gartner is currently in his sixth year of teaching at Jenks Public Schools.  His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching beginning clarinet and saxophone, and assisting with the Trojan Pride Marching Band.

In 2009, Mr. Gartner received his Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma State University.  While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Gartner was awarded the Bohumil Makovsky Outstanding Freshman award and was a Presser Scholar.  In 2012, he received his Master of Music in Wind Conducting at Oklahoma State University while serving as a graduate assistant to the band department.

Mr. Gartner has performed and competed extensively in many venues in America and Japan.  He also maintains an active teaching studio, where many of his students have made region, state, national, and university ensembles.


 Madison GoadMadison Goad
Bassoon
madison.goad@okstate.edu

Madison Goad graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education.  While at OSU, she studied applied bassoon with Dr. Kelly Hancock.  During her senior year, Miss Goad was selected as the outstanding senior for her graduating class and received the Presser Scholar award for dedication to excellence and merit.

Miss Goad was an active performer during her time at Oklahoma State.  She served as principal bassoonist of the OSU Wind Ensemble during her junior and senior years, and had the privilege of performing with this ensemble at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association conference and also at the College Band Director’s National Association conference.  Miss Goad also performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Cowboy Marching Band, and countless other ensembles that included not only students, but faculty members as well. 

In addition to her activities at OSU, Miss Goad maintained a large studio of private bassoon students.  She also interned for Bocal Majority, a company that specializes in double reed supplies and summer double reed camps.  During her internship she performed in faculty recitals, taught small and large ensemble classes, extended technique classes, and beginner reed making classes.

Her professional affiliations include membership in Tau Beta Sigma, where she was an officer for two consecutive years serving as vice president and then president, the National Association for Music Education where she served one year as vice president, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Kappa Phi.  Miss Goad is enthusiastic about her future in music and is pursuing career to become a middle school or high school band director.