Margaret Marco

Professor, Oboe
Director, Division of Woodwinds
Primary office:
340 Murphy Hall


D.M.A. University of Illinois; M.M.E. The University of Iowa; B.M. Northwestern University

The Kansas City Star describes Margaret Marco’s oboe playing as “wistful and utterly engaging,” while the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports "Marco's deft and lilting expression ...was often reminiscent of a soprano's operatic aria."  Margaret Marco's "utterly engaging" performances have been heard in Europe, South and Central America, Canada and the United States. Her musical appointments have included principal oboe of the Orquesta Sinfònica de Maracaibo, in Venezuela, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Rome Festival Orchestra, Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.  Dr. Marco is the Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas where she has taught since 1998.  Her teachers include Ray Still, Grover Schiltz, Dan Stolper, Mark Weiger, Dean Sayles and Nancy Ambrose King.  She holds degrees from Northwestern University, The University of Iowa and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Dr. Marco is the principal oboist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and performs with several Kansas City ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony.  She served as artist/faculty at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic; the Mozartissimo Chamber Music Festival in Madrid, Spain, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee and the Midwestern Music Academy in Lawrence, KS.  Recent performances include the University of Costa Rica, the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), the Conservatorio de Musica in Puerto Rico and New Frontiers Music Festival in Laramie. She has performed at the International Double Reed Society Conferences from 2005-2016 and was selected as Chair of that organization’s prestigious Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition.  

A strong advocate for new music for the oboe, Dr. Marco has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mu Phi Epsilon and the University of Kansas to commission, perform and record new chamber works by American composers.  She can be heard on her solo CD, Hidden Gems: Oboe Sonatas of the French Baroque, with the KU Wind Ensemble performing Copland’s Quiet City on the NAXOS label, and on two CDs with her trio Allégresse entitled Allégresse; music for flute, oboe and piano and Fresh Ink. She is a frequent performer on Kansas Public Radio.  In April of 2016, she performed the world premier of A Siege of Herons, a concerto for oboe d’amore, strings and percussion by fellow KU faculty member Forrest Pierce with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Selected Awards & Grants


  • Kansas Arts Commission Touring Program


  • University of Kansas General Research Fund Grant


  • Sabbatical for Fall 2006. Title: Editing of French Baroque Chamber Music which if not currently published in modern edition. Recording project of these works. Performance of these works in national and international venues.
  • Invited Soloist, International Double Reed Society Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Presented "Hidden Gems; Music of the French Baroque by Jean-Francois Bouin and Jacques-Christophe Huguenet.


  • Invited Soloist, International Double Reed Society Conference, University of Greensboro in North Carolina, Presented "Hidden Gems; Music of the French Baroque by Nicolas Chedeville and Jacques-Christophe Huguenet, June 2003.
  • Center For Teaching Excellence, Teaching Seminar participant, Spring.


  • The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, Arts International for Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, Grant Recipient, July.


  • Invited performance, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Convention, February.


  • University of Kansas New Faculty Research Grant, FY2000, examined 18th-century prints at the Bibliothèque National in Paris, France.


  • The University of Iowa, E.F. Goldman Research Assistantship Award.


  • The University of Iowa, Music Activity Scholarship Award.

Selected Performances


  • University of Michigan
  • Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (International Double Reed Society Conference)
  • Missouri State University
  • Ball State University (International Double Reed Society Conference)
  • Missouri State University
  • Ruel Joyce Recital Series, Johnson County Community College
  • Society of Composer’s Inc., Region VI Conference
  • Luther College, Decorah, IA Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Emporia State University
  • Kansas Touring Program, Herington, KS
  • University of Kansas
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Hawai’i International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu
  • University of Costa Rica, San Jose
  • University of Kansas Wind Ensemble


  • Rome Festival Orchestra
  • Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
  • Dubuque (IA) Symphony Orchestra
  • St. Joseph Symphony
  • University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Lawrence Chamber Orchestra
  • Luther College Orchestra

Chamber Music

  • Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mozartissimo Chamber Music Festival, Madrid, Spain
  • Kansas City Chamber Music Society
  • Allegresse, flute, oboe, piano trio
  • Kansas Woodwinds
  • Kansas City Bachathon
  • Quad-City Symphony Chamber Music Program
  • New Ear
  • The National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors 50th Anniversary Symposium
  • The Planel Trio, oboe, bassoon, piano

Orchestral Positions

  • Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
  • Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
  • Kansas City Lyric Opera
  • Kansas City Ballet Orchestra
  • Lawrence Chamber Orchestra
  • Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
  • Dubuque Symphony Chamber Orchestra
  • La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
  • Dorian Opera Festival, Decorah, IA
  • Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Tour, principal
  • Rome Festival Orchestra, Rome, Italy
  • Sarasota Opera Festival,
  • Festival dei due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy
  • Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Davenport, IA
  • Center for New Music, Iowa City, IA
  • American Waterways Wind Orchestra European Tour
  • Orquesta Sinfònica de Maracaibo, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Selected Presentations

  • Lecture/Recital, International Double Reed Society, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Hidden Gems: Music for Oboe and Continuo Bass by Nicolas Chédeville and Jacques-Christophe Huguenet
  • Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • American Chamber Music – Birth and Influence a joint lecture presented
  • Kansas Bandmaster’s Association 26th Annual Convention, Wichita, KS
  • Troubleshooting Common Playing Problems on the Oboe
  • Guest artist and lecturer, Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Words and Music by and about Baroque Composers 

Selected Publications

  • Hidden Gems: French Baroque Works for Oboe in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, The Double Reed, vol 27, no. 1, 2004, pp 61-64.
  • Ameropa Chamber Music Festival Builds Musical Bridges in Prague, Czech Republic, The Double Reed, vol. 25, no. 3, 2002, p 70
  • Première Sonate from Sonates Champetres by Nicolas Chedeville (pending)
  • Sixième Sonate from Sonates Amusantes by Nicolas Chedeville (pending)
  • Première Sonate from Première Oeuvre de Sonates by Jacques-Christophe Huguenet, (pending)
  • Cinquième Suitte by Jean-Francois Bouin, (pending)

Selected Professional Experience

Master Classes

  • Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music
  • Midwest Double Reed Society Double Reed Day, University of Kansas
  • Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mozartissimo Chamber Music Festival, Madrid, Spain
  • University of Lincoln-Nebraska
  • The University of Iowa Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
  • Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Emporia State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • University of Costa Rica


  • Music Teachers National Association West Central Division Competition
  • Kansas High School Activities Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • Kansas High School Activities Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • Kansas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, Emporia State University
  • Music Teachers National Association Contest, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Kansas Regional Music Festival
  • Music Teachers National Association South Central Division Competition, Norman, Oklahoma

Professional Affiliations

  • President, Midwest Double Reed Society
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • International Double Reed Society
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Kansas Music Educators Association
  • National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
  • American Federation of Musicians


  • Fluent in Spanish, conversational knowledge of French, reading knowledge of German

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