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Alecia L. Lawyer, Artistic Director, Founder and Principal Oboist

Alecia L. Lawyer is the Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. ROCO, with its 40 dynamic, engaging and virtuosic professional musicians from around the nation and guest conductors from around the world, is “the Most Fun You Can Have with Serious Music!” ROCO performances are broadcast regularly to a nationwide audience on Performance Today, and to Houston area audiences on KUHF 88.7FM.

Ms. Lawyer was named a finalist for Texas Musician of the Year (along with Willie Nelson) and was listed as one of Houston’s Top 50 Most Influential Women 2010. She has received numerous awards, including the Gutsy Gal Award from Houston Woman Magazine, the Sigma Alpha Iota Musician of the Year, and the Outstanding Chamber Orchestra Founder from the Houston Chronicle. She regularly presents her Entrepreneurial model and dynamic ideas to conservatories, universities and music festivals around the US such as Yale, SMU, Round Top and Texas Music Festival, showing ROCO as a case study for community-specific orchestral building. Business and social groups in the Greater Houston area engage her to speak on numerous topics related to the creation, marketing and development of performing arts. A 2009 participant in the Aspen Seminar at the Aspen Institute, studying and debating the great works of Philosophy through the ages, Alecia continues to weave musicians and audience together with the language of music through innovative programming and collaboration with ROCO.

After receiving her Masters from Juilliard and her Bachelors from SMU, Alecia Lawyer’s career has ranged from recording for John Cage and soloing with Rostropovich to a contemporary chamber music recital at Carnegie Hall, live radio broadcasts in New York, and disc jockeying for KRTS-92.1FM, Houston, TX. Enjoying a year residency in France, she recorded with the Sorbonne Orchestra, performed recitals in Paris, and concertized with various orchestras and chamber groups in France and Germany. Ms. Lawyer currently serves as artistic director and performs as principal oboist of ROCO. In addition, she solos with area orchestras, is oboist with the contemporary composers’ group Musiqa in Houston and is on the Advisory Board of American Festival for the Arts and the Cypress Symphony. Alecia and her husband Larry have two fantastic sons, Jacob, 14 and Zachary, 10.