Robert Royse has been the English hornist and a member of the oboe section of the CSO since 1987. He received his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of John Mack after attending high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He has also served as the English hornist of the Akron and Canton Symphonies, the Kansas City Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony for a one year appointment. Prior to joining the CSO he played principal oboe in Cape Town, South Africa for three years. He has also played the English horn in the Cleveland Orchestra as a substitute both in his student days and in more recent years. When the CSO is not in session Mr. Royse will inevitably be found pursuing his passion for birding and bird photography. His work is regularly used by book, magazine, calendar, and software publishers around the world and can be seen at : www.roysephotos.com.