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Meet the Team

Jason Onks
is the owner and repair technician of Onks Woodwind Specialists. Jason is a professional oboist who specializes in repair and restoration of professional quality oboes, English horns, and clarinets. Jason received his Bachelor in Music degree from Arkansas State University with Dr. Dan Ross and his Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. Jason has been repairing instruments for a living since January 2000, and running his own business since September 2005. During that time Jason has worked with and consulted with some of the top repair technicians in the industry. This has allowed Jason to try many different repair techniques all the while honing his own skills to provide quality repairs for each and every client. Training Jason’s training started in 1992 when he was a freshman at Arkansas State University. Jason not only learned to play the oboe by studying with Dr. Dan Ross, but also learned many mechanical aspects of the oboe. Dr. Ross is a fine oboe repair man as well as the inventor/manufacturer of the Ross oboe gouging machine. Beyond Jason’s degrees in oboe performance, Jason attended repair school at Badger State Instrument Repair in Elkhorn, WI. This school is a complete overhaul facility, which allowed Jason to learn repair from the ground up on all wind instruments. Only Repair There are not many people that can make a living doing only instrument repair. That is especially true when you specialize in only a few instruments, but Jason is doing just that! He has grown his business very slowly by doing quality work and depending on “word of mouth” advertising. Jason does not sell instruments, accessories, or any other items to fill his schedule. This allows Jason to focus his time and energy on repairing musical instruments to the best of his ability.
Jonathan Copeland
received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from Middle Tennessee State University. His primary teachers have been Mrs. Roann Romines and Dr. Todd Waldecker, and have also included Dr. Robert Spring and Mr. Eddy Vanoosthuyse, whom he studied with at the Belgium Clarinet Academy in Oostende, Belgium in the summer of 2008. Jonathan has performed in master classes with world-famous clarinetists Elsa Verdehr, Robert Spring, Roger Salander, John Cipolla, and David Shea. He has also performed as a soloist with the MTSU Chamber Orchestra, playing the third movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. While completing his undergraduate studies at MTSU, Jonathan was also a McNair Scholar and presented his research topics at the MTSU McNair Symposium in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Jonathan began an apprenticeship at Onks Woodwind Specialists, where he extensively studied clarinet repair and mechanics. Jonathan is currently focused as a clarinet repair specialist and professional clarinetist. He and his wife Ashley live in Murfreesboro with their daughter.
Keith Sorrels
A native of Munster, Indiana, Keith Sorrels began playing the oboe at age 10 as a student of Amy Barwan. He subsequently studied with William Denton at Indiana State University, from which he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Keith earned a Master of Music (2007) and Performer Diploma (2008) from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Linda Strommen, Roger Roe, Washington McClain, and Daniel Stolper. Keith is currently (2014) a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music; his research project is, “Thematic Continuity and Melodic Recycling in Herbert Howells’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1942).” Keith began his oboe apprenticeship at Onks Woodwind Specialists in May 2014. In addition to studying the art of instrument repair, Keith is an active freelance musician in Nashville and has a private studio of oboe and reed-making students. Since August 2014, Keith is an Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Western Kentucky University. Keith lives in Cedar Hill with his wife, Robin Eckert, and their two mutts, Jack and Rupert.
Nick Thompson
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Nick comes from a very musical family. Three of his four siblings majored in music, his mother was his high school music teacher, and his father is a self-taught poet/guitarist.   Nick spent 16 years in South Florida studying oboe performance as well as working as a freelance oboist. Starting off at the University of Miami for his Bachelor degree, Nick continued studying at Florida International University. He then transferred his credits to Lynn University in Boca Raton, where he completed a professional performance certificate and a Master's degree in oboe performance.  Over the course of his education, Nick has had the privilege of working under Jan Parks (former sub for St. Louis Symphony), Marc Gordon, (former English Horn for St. Louis Symphony), Robert Weiner, (University of Miami), Jared Hauser, (Vanderbilt University), and Joseph Robinson (Lynn Conservatory and former principal for the New York Philharmonic). Nick’s many talents include teaching private lessons, offering woodwind mentoring work, and freelancing for many local orchestras. Nick, his wife, Isabel, and their young daughter made a life change in 2017 and came to work for Onks Woodwind Specialists in Tennessee.

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