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Robin Johnson selected as principal oboe for Atlanta Opera
By JoAnn Jordan


(Below) Robin Johnson with

KSU student Melissa Zimmerman


Recently, Kennesaw State University artist-in-residence Robin Johnson was appointed principal oboe for the 2007-2008 season of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. She will replace Atlanta Opera Orchestra colleague Russ DeLuna who was invited to join the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as their new English hornist. Previously, Johnson served as English horn and second oboe with the Atlanta Opera.

Johnson’s professional history includes a post as principal oboe of the Windsor Symphony in Ontario, Canada. Additionally she has performed with the Atlanta, Detroit, Alabama and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, the Detroit Chamber Winds, Michigan Opera Theatre, and with Thamyris, a contemporary music ensemble in Atlanta. She will continue in her roles as principal oboe of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Kennesaw State University Faculty Chamber Players.

Johnson joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 1998.

The 2007-2008 year will be the inaugural season for the Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Six KSU faculty members hold positions in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. In addition to Johnson, they are violinists Edward Eanes and Helen Kim, timpanist John Lawless, clarinetist John Warren and trombonist Richard Brady.

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