Guest Artists


hanniganErin Hannigan, oboe

Oboist Erin Hannigan is Principal Oboe of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Dallas, she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1994 to 2001. During the summer, she performs with the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo. Recent performances outside Dallas include engagements as guest principal oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hannigan has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, the Hershey (Pa.) Symphony, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra of Southern Methodist University.

In 2012 Hannigan organized and recorded two CDs of the complete Zelenka Sonatas, available through Crystal Records (CD821 and CD822). In June 2008, Hannigan’s first solo CD, From Hafiz to Firewing (and Beyond), was released, also on the Crystal Records label (CD 820).

Hannigan attended the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with James Caldwell. She received her master’s degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of Richard Killmer.



Rian Craypo, bassoon

Principal bassoonist Rian Craypo has been with the Houston Symphony since 2007. Born in Virginia, she moved to Texas at 10 months of age and grew up east of Austin on a small farm.

After studying at the University of Texas at Austin with Kristin Wolfe Jensen she attended Rice University, where she received her master's degree under former Houston Symphony principal bassoonist Benjamin Kamins. Rian’s versatility as a performer has led to appearances in a variety of roles both in the United States and abroad.

In 2001 she was awarded a Federation of German/American Clubs Scholarship, which led to a year of study and performances in Germany, and she was a finalist in the Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition in both 2004 and 2006. Rian and her husband Sean have three children, a dog who pretends she's a cat and a large garden.


School of Music

Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

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