November 24, 2015 2:11 PM

Millikin University School of Music faculty members Claire Taylor, Tina Nicholson and Dr. Laurie Glencross have combined forces to start the Garni Trio. Nicholson (oboe), Taylor (bassoon) and Glencross (flute) all play in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO).

The group recently performed at Enterprise Elementary School in Decatur, Ill., as part of an outreach program sponsored by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Guild. Through the program, small groups like the Garni Trio, visit schools to give performances and encourage students to try music.

Each member played a short solo highlighting their instrument's unique sound.

Adjunct faculty member Claire Taylor holds degrees in bassoon performance and biology from Butler University. She has performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Little Theatre on the Square, Decatur Big Band, Rock of Ages and the Nicholson Quartet. In 2013, she was named one of the Central Illinois Business Journal's 20 under 40 for making a difference in the central Illinois community.

Tina Nicholson, Millikin professor of music, teaches oboe at Millikin. She has been principal oboist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught oboe at Beloit College before coming to Millikin in 1987. Professor Nicholson won the Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007, and was a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2008. In addition to teaching oboe, she is coordinator of music theory and ear training, teaches freshman theory, woodwind methods and is a frequent professor of EDGE and the Honors programs.

Dr. Laurie Glencross, Millikin associate professor of music, teaches flute, music theory, aural skills and flute choir. She is principal flute of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Her degrees include Doctor of Music from Florida State University where she studied with Charles DeLaney, and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music with Harold Bennett.

Since arriving at Millikin University in 2000, Dr. Glencross has performed at the International Double Reed Society convention in Canada, the National Flute Association's Washington and San Diego conventions and joined the Musica Lirica tour of Italy for several summer immersion sessions. Dr. Glencross has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, clinician and flute choir director throughout Canada and the U.S.

Click here to read more about the Garni Trio in an article from the Herald & Review.