Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Robert Royse

Oboe/English Horn

Robert Royse has been the English Hornist and a member of the oboe section of the Columbus Symphony (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 served as the English Hornist of the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras, Kansas City Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony for a one-year appointment. Prior to joining the CSO, Mr. Royse played Principal Oboe in Cape Town, South Africa for three years. He also has played the English horn in The Cleveland Orchestra as a substitute.  

When the CSO is not in session, Mr. Royse will inevitably be found pursuing his passion for birding and photography. His work has been used by book, magazine, calendar, and software publishers around the world and can be seen at He also enjoys long bike rides and unicycling.