Fred Fox poses with members of the quintet than bears his name (from left): Pictured are (left to right),  Rachel Kamradt, Michael Mesner, Natalie Groom,  Elsa Nichols, and Matthew Kowalczyk.
Fred Fox poses with members of the quintet than bears his name (from left): Pictured are (left to right), Rachel Kamradt, Michael Mesner, Natalie Groom, Elsa Nichols, and Matthew Kowalczyk.

The 2013-2015 Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, the flagship student chamber music ensemble at the University of Arizona, will present a farewell concert at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 21).

Featured on the program will be Barber’s “Summer Music,” Lefebvre’s Suite, “Kleine Kammermusik” by Hindemith, Reicha’s Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 88, No. 2 and “Libertango” by Piazzolla, arranged by Jeff Scott.

This year the Quintet has been made up of graduate students Elsa Kate Nichols, flute; Rachel Kamradt, oboe; Natalie Groom, clarinet; Matthew Kowalczyk, bassoon and Michael Mesner, horn. In January this year, the ensemble won the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Division Collegiate Chamber Music Competition held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and in December 2014 they traveled to China for a concert tour.

Wind Quintet ImageCreated in 2007 as the Arizona Graduate Winds, the ensemble is now endowed and was re-named the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet in recognition and appreciation of Fred Fox’s contributions as an extraordinary master teacher. Members are chosen by competitive auditions, having received their undergraduate degrees from institutions across the country. In Tucson they are mentored by members of the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble.

While in residence at the University of Arizona, members of the quintet pursue their careers as an ensemble and as individuals. Each is pursuing a master’s degree in their individual instrument and brings a rich and diverse background of educational and professional experiences to the program.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

Pictured are (left to right),  Rachel Kamradt, Michael Mesner, Natalie Groom, FRED FOX, Elsa Nichols, and Matthew Kowalczyk.

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Graduate Wind Quintet Prepares Farewell Concert: April 2015