Natasha Merchant

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Adjunct Instructor of Oboe

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Natasha Merchant serves as an adjunct professor of Oboe at A&M-Commerce. She received a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and continued her studies at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where she is a teaching fellow in chamber music. Her primary teachers have been Allan Vogel, Linda Strommen, Theodore Baskin and James Ryon. Merchant’s previous teaching experience includes applied lessons at Brookhaven College, as well as a private studio in the DFW metroplex.

Merchant performs regularly with the Irving and San Angelo Symphonies. She has also performed with the Las Colinas Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, Sherman Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Dallas Opera. Other recent engagements include the Red River Lyric Opera Festival in Wichita Falls, TX. Before moving to Texas, Merchant was the 2nd oboist for the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacan, Mexico. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of Astraios, a chamber music organization dedicated to audience outreach.

Educational Background

  • M.M., Oboe Performance, University of Southern California, 2006
  • B.M., Oboe Performance, Indiana University, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • International Double Reed Society
  • Texas Music Educator’s Association

Featured Courses

  • MUS 151: Minor Applied Oboe
  • MUS 152: Principal Applied Oboe
  • MUS 351: Minor Applied English Horn
  • MUS 352: Principal Applied Recital
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