Named by Musical America as one of classical music’s Top 30 Influencers for 2015, Texas native Alecia Lawyer is the founder, artistic director, and principal oboist of ROCO, a professional music ensemble of one to 40 musicians from around the U.S. and Canada, with guest conductors from around the world. ROCO has commissioned and world premiered over 75 works from living composers.
Lawyer’s career has ranged from recording for John Cage and soloing with Rostropovich, to performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and live radio broadcasts in New York, and disc jockeying for KRTS-92.1FM, Houston, TX. During a year-long residency in France, she recorded with the Sorbonne Orchestra, performed recitals in Paris, and concertized with various orchestras and chamber groups in France and Germany.
Lawyer was a finalist for Texas Musician of the Year (along with Willie Nelson) and was listed as one of Houston’s Top 50 Most Influential Women. She has received numerous awards, including the Gutsy Gal Award from Houston Woman Magazine and the Sigma Alpha Iota Musician of the Year. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a trustee for Episcopal High School, and a member of the Institute for Composer Diversity.
Lawyer received an M.A. from The Juilliard School and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, both in oboe.