February 27, 2021 | 3 PM

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra Chamber Winds perform Beethoven’s Octet for winds in E-flat and Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments. Conducted by Chip Birkner, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Florida.

Enjoy this concert in person with our limited-capacity seating or tune in live on the day of the performance!

This performance is 60 minutes with no intermission. Reduced audience size and socially distanced seating.

PLEASE NOTE: If you would extend your party to a group of 3 or 4, please contact our box office at 352-351-1606 or info@reillyartscenter.com. We would be happy to extend your seating to accommodate a larger party while still keeping you socially distanced from other groups.

Dr. Chip Birkner

Dr. Chip Birkner


Dr. Birkner serves the University of Florida as Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands, where he directs the University Concert Bands, the New Music Ensemble, Gator Pep Bands, and is Associate Director of the ‘Pride of the Sunshine’ Marching Band.  Additionally, he serves the UF School of Music teaching courses in conducting and music education.  Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Birkner taught in the public schools of The Woodlands, TX, Tomball, TX, and La Porte, TX.

He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Performer’s Certificate, Master of Music in Percussion Performance, and Ph.D. in Music Education/Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.

Dr. Birkner has conducted ensembles across the United States, Europe, and South America.  He is an active performer holding the Principal Timpani chair with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.  He remains active as a guest conductor, performer, and clinician throughout the southeastern United States.  Additionally, Dr. Birkner served as Program Director for the 2018 Vienna Summer Music Festival’s Conducting Institute held in Vienna, Austria.  He holds professional memberships with the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity.  In addition, Dr. Birkner holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.