Billy Traylor, Baroque oboe
Oboist, early music specialist, and musicologist Billy Traylor, a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. A former student in Indiana University’s prestigious Early Music Institute, he also holds diplomas in oboe and bassoon performance from the University of New Orleans (BA 2001) and Northwestern State University of Louisiana (MM 2004), where he was Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon and Early Music. His master’s document was entitled “Antoine Reicha’s Duo pour piano et basson: An Analysis and Urtext Performing Edition,” in which he presented a formal analysis and new performing edition taken directly from the composer’s original manuscript of this rarely performed duo sonata for piano and bassoon. In addition to doctoral early music studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Mr. Traylor has also completed doctoral coursework in musicology at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA).
Mr. Traylor is the Artistic Director of the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento, a period-instrument orchestra and choir based in Austin, Texas, which he founded in 2011, and in which he plays harpsichord, baroque oboe, and recorder. (more)