The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet once again will bring their delightful music to the stage of the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 11:30 a.m. Their program will be announced from the stage, to include music by Gunther Schuller, Eric Ewazen, Eugène Bozza and Ludwig v. Beethoven.
Created in 2007 as the Arizona Graduate Winds, this ensemble is now in its fourth two-year incarnation, and is the University of Arizona’s premier student chamber ensemble. Members of the quintet are chosen by competitive auditions and have received their undergraduate degrees from institutions across the country. They are mentored by members of the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble, according to Prof. Daniel Katzen, a spokesman for the faculty group and mentor to the Graduate Wind’s horn player.
While in residence at the University of Arizona, members of this graduate quintet are developing their careers as an ensemble member and as individuals, while helping to support the educational/outreach mission of the faculty ensemble. The students are pursuing master’s degrees in their individual instruments at the UA.
Current members are Kate Nichols, flute; Rachel Kamradt, oboe; Natalie Groom, clarinet; Matt Kowalczyk, bassoon, and Mike Mesner, horn.
Achievements of this distinguished ensemble include appearances in Pasadena as finalists in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and in Atlanta (2009) and Milwaukee (2011) as finalists in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music competition. International appearances include performances as part of the prestigious Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Music Festival in Alamos, Mexico, and a recital for the U.S. Consul for Mexico in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Fred Fox was Prof. Daniel Katzen’s last teacher, a huge influence in his horn-playing career. He has been a frequent guest clinician for UA students, and in recognition and appreciation of his contributions as an extraordinary master teacher, the School of Music named its premier student wind quintet “The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet.”
Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer