Dr. Amy Burgus is a native of Iowa. Dr. Burgus is the principal oboist of the Central Texas Philharmonic and second oboist of the Victoria Symphony and Brazos Valley Symphony. She has also performed with the Austin Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Temple Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and other Central Texas groups. While in Iowa, she performed with the Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Quad City, Southeast Iowa, Oskaloosa, and Ottumwa Symphonies. Dr. Burgus has been a concerto soloist with the Round Rock Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, Balcones Symphony, and the Luther College Wind Ensemble. Besides performing in the orchestral setting, Dr. Burgus enjoys chamber music. She performed with her woodwind ensemble Passeri at the 2016 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego.
Dr. Burgus currently maintains a studio of over 50 oboists in the greater Austin area. Her students consistently rank well in District, Region, Area, and State auditions, and many receive the high distinction of achieving a position in the TMEA All-State Orchestras and Bands. She presented a lecture at the 2010 Louisiana Music Educators Conference regarding the development of middle school oboists.
An active participant in the oboe community, Dr. Burgus was a key coordinator of the 2005 International Double Reed Society convention held in Austin, Texas. Over 1000 participants from around the globe joined together for a successful week of concerts, classes, discussions, and lectures covering all double reed instruments. She later performed at the 2010 International Double Reed Society conference in Norman, Oklahoma.
Dr. Burgus is currently the adjunct instructor of oboe at Concordia University in Austin, Texas, and has previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M – Kingsville and Grinnell College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College with majors in oboe performance, business management, and music management. She also received a minor in communications, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Mark Weiger, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Rebecca Henderson.