Arizona Graduate Winds

The Arizona Graduate Winds will perform a free concert on Nov. 19 in Holsclaw Hall in the University of Arizona School of Music building.

The Arizona Graduate Winds will introduce its new members this month in their debut recital presented by the School of Music at the University of Arizona.

The program will start at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Holsclaw Hall, located in the University of Arizona School of Music building, on southeast corner of Park and Speedway, in Tucson.

The free concert will include selections by Alvin Etler, Lee Hoiby, Franz Danzi, Charles Lefebvre and a Bach/Rechtman concerto after Vivaldi.

Created in 2007, the Arizona Graduate Winds is now 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.

Making their debut as the 2011-2013 Arizona Graduate Winds, are: Diana Schaible on flute, Rebecca Dixon on oboe, Ashley Knecht on clarinet, Travis Jones on bassoon and Gray Ferris on horn.

While in residence at the University of Arizona, members of the AGW will pursue their careers as an ensemble 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 University of Arizona and are bringing their rich and diverse backgrounds of educational and professional experiences to the UA program.

The students in the program have achieved success in a variety of forums, including numerous campus appearances, a recital in Alamos, Mexico, as part of the prestigious Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Music Festival, as guest artists of the Bisbee Women’s Club at their For the Love of Music series, and at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Further achievements include appearances in Pasadena as finalists in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and in Atlanta as finalists in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition.

In addition, the ensemble has been heard on Classical KUAT-FM broadcasts.

Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Diana Schaible obtained a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Idaho in Moscow.

During her time at the UI, she played principal flute in the university orchestra and wind ensemble, and performed with the UI flute choir, jazz choir, guitar ensemble, and Vandal Marching Band.

She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in flute performance at UA with Dr. Brian Luce.

Rebecca Dixon began studying the oboe at age 10 in her hometown of Vancouver, Wash. She received a bachelor of music degree in oboe performance, summa cum laude, from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

She is currently pursuing a master of music degree in oboe performance at UA as a student of Dr. Neil Tatman.

Clarinetist Ashley Knecht, originally from Pelican Rapids, Minn., received her undergraduate degree in instrumental music education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is now studying clarinet with Prof. Jerry Kirkbride while pursuing her master’s degree in clarinet performance at UA.

Travis Jones received his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance from the University of Tennessee. While at UT, he performed as a member of the UT Symphony and Opera orchestras and the Wind Ensemble in addition to various chamber music ensembles.

In 2011 he was named a winner of UT’s Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in bassoon performance at UA, studying under Dr. William Dietz.

Hornist Gray Ferris hails from the great commonwealth of Virginia and is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education and studied horn with Kendall Betts.

He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in horn performance under the instruction of Prof. Daniel Katzen, as well as an associate’s certificate in Entrepreneurship at UA.

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