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About Christy

Christy Foster graduated with academic honors upon completion of a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Oral Roberts University in 1997, and a Master of Music Performance degree from Texas Tech University in 1999. She is currently Principal Clarinetist & Alto Saxophonist in Tulsa's Signature Symphony, earning a co-principal spot in the clarinet section as a college student in 1995, and then was promoted principal chair in 2010. 

 

Christy has held an adjunct instructor position at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 20 years, starting in August 2002. She has been the interim Instrumental/Orchestra Director of the O.R.U. Student Orchestra since August 2021. Other work includes teaching private clarinet and saxophone lessons, coaching chamber music ensembles, Woodwind Instruments Class, and an Instrumental Pedagogy Class.  Christy is also a founding member of the all-female ORU faculty chamber ensemble, the "Divine Divas" trio, who can be seen performing at various campus-wide events. In the summer seasons, she has hosted clarinet choir camps and teaches lessons from her private studio at home. In 2023, she was invited to teach masterclasses and conduct the high school clarinet choir at Coweta High School's Inaugural Season of its Summer Clarinet Camp.  In 2018 & 2019, she taught clarinet classes and led a clarinet ensemble for Saied Music Company's "Clarinet Players Club". Christy has taught masterclasses in both Oklahoma and Texas, performed a number of recitals, hosted music student recitals, has been an adjudicator for the All-State Band Contest in OK., and is the contractor & music librarian for the Tulsa Clarinet Quartet.

Christy has performed internationally as principal clarinetist in the ORU orchestra in England, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, & Scotland. She also has performed for the International Clarinet Festival in Oostend, Belgium and in London, England with the Texas Tech Clarinet Choir. Currently, Christy is Principal clarinetist for the Signature Symphony at TCC in Tulsa, OK., a member of the Tulsa Starlight Band, & has performed with "Tulsa Clarinet Quartet",   "Keys & Klarinetrixs" (a clarinet duo with piano), and the "Divine Divas" trio. Christy also plays alto saxophone for the Signature Symphony's Pops & Big Band Concerts.  As a member of the Tulsa Clarinet Quartet, she was invited to perform at The University of Oklahoma's Clarinet Symposium, and for television spots on "Good Day Tulsa" to represent the Tulsa Starlight Band, and as soloist, as a representative from the Signature Symphony. 

 

 

 

Christy is the mother of two kids.  She enjoys her ballet class, playing coed indoor soccer, scrap-booking, watching movies, taking beach vacations, & spending time with family and friends.

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Tulsa Starlight Band
Professional Organizations & Academic Honors
  • Granted a certificate of recognition from the President of Oral Roberts University for her 20 years of service at Oral Roberts University in the fall of 2022. 

  • Granted a certificate of recognition from the President of Oral Roberts University for her 15 years of service to Oral Roberts University as an adjunct clarinet instructor in the fall of 2017.

  • American Federation of Musicians Union, Local 94 (enrolled in 1993)

  • International Clarinet Association, 1996-Present

  • I.C.A. Clarinet Festival performance in Ostend, Belgium with the Texas Tech Clarinet Choir. summer 1999

  • Performed with the Texas Tech faculty orchestra, 1998-1999

  • Performance with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, 1998-1999

  • TTU Graduate with Academic Honors, Dec. 1999

  • Awarded Graduate School Teaching Assistant Scholarship @TTU, 1998-1999

  • Performances in Europe with the ORU orchestra, summer 1994

  • John Phillip Sousa Band Award, 1993 & 1997 

  • Mu Phi Epsilon, 1994-1997 (1997-1996 Vice-President, 1995-97 Historian

  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1993-1997

  • Collegiate National Honor Society, 1996-1997

  • All-American Scholar, 1993 - 1997

  • ORU Graduate with Academic Honors, May 1997

  • ORU Provost Honor's List

 

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