Members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet are (from left) Miranda DeBretto, Chase Miller, Jason Pfiester, Amy Shea, and Philip Hill.

The University of Arizona’s Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet will present a chamber music concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (April 18) at 11:30 a.m.

The current group of elite graduate-level musicians is in its second year of residency at the university.  They are Miranda DeBretto, flute, Amy Shea, oboe, Chase Miller, clarinet, Jason Pfiester, horn, and Philip Hill, bassoon.

The quintet will play Anton Reicha’s Bläserquintett Es-dur, Op.88 No. 2 and John Harbison’s Quintet for WindsIf previous concerts are any indication, it should be a varied and exquisite performance.

Created in 2007 as the Arizona Graduate Winds, the ensemble’s name was changed following a generous donation on behalf of renowned horn player and master teacher Fred Fox.  The graduate ensemble’s players benefit from instruction by each member of the Arizona Wind Quintet, the oldest faculty performing ensemble in Arizona. Under this faculty tutelage, the members’ performance, recording, competition, and academic activities are directed toward employment in the 21st-century music marketplace.

Graduate music students are chosen by competitive auditions, having received their undergraduate degrees from some of the world’s leading music schools. The quintet members bring their rich and diverse backgrounds of educational and professional experiences to the program.

While in residence at the University of Arizona, Fred Fox Wind Quintet members pursue their careers as an ensemble and as individuals, performing a diverse repertoire at venues worldwide.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer


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