Claire Taylor (left) holds degrees in Bassoon Performance and Biology from Butler University. She spent two winters playing for Celebrity Cruises, and locally has performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, the Little Theatre on the Square, the Decatur Big Band, Rock of Ages, the Nicholson Quartet, and the Garni Trio. By day she is the Quality Manager for EPL Bio Analytical Services and was recently named one of 2013’s 20 under 40 making a difference in Central Illinois by the Central Illinois Business Journal.


Tina Nicholson (center), Professor of Music, teaches oboe at Millikin University. She has been principal oboist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra since 1987, and performs with the Garni Trio.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and taught oboe at Beloit College before coming to Millikin in 1987. She has performed with The Danville Symphony as principal for numerous years, the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival, the Illinois Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, finished the 2001 tour (11 concerts) with the Moscow State Orchestra, and is a frequent soloist in the central Illinois area. During her sabbatical in fall of 1999, she wrote a piece: Moments from Women which was premiered by Nancy Ambrose- King at the International Double Reed Society Convention in Buenos Aires in August of 2000. In April of 2007 she was invited to perform a recital on the Society of Russian Oboists Series in Moscow, Russia. Professor Nicholson won the Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007, and was a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award, 2008. In addition to teaching oboe, she is coordinator of Music Theory and Ear Training, teaches freshman theory, ear training, woodwind methods, coaches chamber groups and is a frequent professor of EDGE and the Honors programs.

Dr. Laurie Glencross (right).Flutist Laurie Glencross, a native of Canada, teaches flute, music theory, aural skills, and flute choir at Millikin University.  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.  Other notable teachers include Geoffrey Gilbert and Jeanne Baxtresser, and she has performed in master-classes for such renowned flutists as William Bennett, Sir James Galway, Robert Aitken, Julius Baker, Peter Lloyd, and Thomas Nyfenger.

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 to Italy for several summer immersion sessions.  Each summer since 2008, when she was named Co-Artistic Director of the St Andrews Arts Council in New Brunswick, Canada, Glencross has helped organize summer immersion courses for Millikin students held in glorious St-Andrews-by-the-Sea.

Laurie has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, clinician, and flute choir director throughout Canada and the U.S., and as an orchestra member of the Orquestra del Festival de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Maestro Philippe Entremont, the Palm Beach Opera, Valdosta Symphony, and Southwest Florida Symphony orchestras as well as the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville Symphony, and Sugar Creek Opera orchestras here in Illinois.