Meet the musicians

Margaret Marco

Margaret Marco is the Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas and principal oboist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She performs frequently with the Kansas City Symphony and is a founding member of NAVO Trio, an oboe, violin, and piano trio which is dedicated to the performance, discovery, and commissioning of music by women composers. She began her career as the principal oboist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo in Venezuela and has since been a guest artist at many distinguished institutions including Central and China Conservatories in Beijing, the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the University of Costa Rica, the Festival of New American Music in California, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Rome Festival Orchestra, Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and many others. She has been invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society Conferences from 2005-2024 and served on its Executive Committee as Chair of the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition.

A strong advocate for new music, she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Wunsch New Music Fund, and the University of Kansas to commission and record new music and can be heard on Naxos, Parma, and Navona Records. She recorded Hidden Gems: Oboe Sonatas of the French Baroque Music for Oboe, volumes I and II in 2009 and 2013 respectively to critical acclaim. In 2016, she commissioned and performed the world premiere of A Siege of Herons for oboe d’amore and strings by Forest Pierce with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Other recordings include her 2019 CD entitled Still Life featuring new music for the oboe family by Kansas composers and Luis Humberto Salgado; Chamber Music on Naxos Records. She is the co-host of the podcast Reed Talk. Her teachers include Ray Still, Grover Schiltz, Mark Weiger, and Nancy Ambrose King and she holds degrees from Northwestern University (BM), The University of Iowa (MME), and the University of Illinois (DMA).