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Bianca Kumar is the assistant principal oboe and English horn with the Wichita Grand Opera, principal oboe with the Westwood Chamber Ensemble, and the rotating
principal oboe, assistant principal oboe, and English horn with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra since 2018. She has also been a guest oboist with various ensembles in the Kansas City area, including Classical Revolution and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. As an administrator, Kumar is the Program Assistant at UMKC Conservatory’s ConservatoryAcademy where she oversees general Academy functions.
Kumar earned a Master of Music from the UMKC Conservatory in 2016, studying with Celeste Johnson and Mary Posses, and a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University, where she studied oboe with Robert Sorton and flute with Katherine Borst Jones. While at UMKC, Kumar was appointed a fellowship in Plaza Winds, the Conservatory’s Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, that performed concerts, gave clinics at schools, and promoted the university. Kumar also performed with the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Canticum Novum. She has also been a guest oboist with various ensembles in the Kansas City area, including Classical Revolution and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. Her recent competitive achievements include winning the 2016 OSU Concerto Competition on oboe and the 2016 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Division Competition on flute. While at OSU, she performed as principal oboe and English horn with the Symphony Orchestra, Double Reed Consort, and Lyric opera, and played oboe and flute in the Klezmer Ensemble and Wind Symphony. Kumar has been a concerto soloist with the Lake Michigan Youth Symphony and the Kalamazoo Summer Chamber Music Academy Orchestra, and was a regular touring member of the Southwest Michigan Flute Quartet. She has performed in masterclasses given by oboists Nancy Ambrose-King, Courtney Miller, Dan Stolper, Linda Strommen, and Nicholas Stovall, and flutists Ian Clarke, Alexa Still, Jim Walker, Adrianne Greenbaum, Nancy Hadden, and Marianne Gedigian.