Department of Music

Naomi McKinney

Naomi McKinney

128 Goodwin Music Building

Bassoonist Nib McKinney joined the faculty at Auburn University in 2018. In the summer, she has been on faculty at the University of Georgia Summer Music Camps. She is currently second bassoon with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and principal bassoon with the Dreams for Hope Orchestra and Gadsden Symphony. Additionally, she has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras and opera companies.

McKinney is deeply dedicated to exploring new formats, styles, and venues for performing and teaching music. She has performed with Tony Toni Tone, Bo Bice, India Arie, The Blind Boys of Alabama, LeAnn Rimes, Robin Thicke, and The Temptations among others. Her sound has been praised as “big and beautiful,” “chocolatey” and full of “confidence and flair.” She has also been hailed as an “easy collaborator” with “reliable, yet elegant and graceful” playing. Pedagogically, McKinney believes in teaching the whole musician and strives to personalize her teachings to each student’s learning style.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, McKinney regularly performs with numerous groups including the Southern Winds Quintet, the Auburn Faculty Double Reed Trio, the Athens Choral Society, Eurus Quintet, Athens Master Chorale, Augusta Choral Society, and Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra among others. She studied at the University of Alabama with Jenny Mann and at the University of Georgia with Amy Pollard.

McKinney keeps a busy home life with indoor and outdoor gardening, reading, traveling, the occasional video game, and wrangling her two cats, Alice and Elgar.


Last Updated: October 31, 2018