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Meg Quigley Summer Series

 

We're excited to launch our first-ever Summer Series of webinars and panel discussions with bassoonists, composers, and others. These weekly sessions are free (thanks to our generous sponsors), and take place via Zoom. See below for session details, including registration links.


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June 16 Learning from Experience: A Panel Discussion with Bassoonists of Color
Panelist Bios
Video
June 25 Pushing Forward: A Panel Discussion on Music for the Bassoon by Composers from Underrepresented Groups
Panelist Bios
Video
July 2 The Imperative of Community Engagement for Musicians
Panelist Bios
July 9 Vivaldi: Interpretation and Competition Preparation
Panelist Bios

Week 1

Learning from Experience: A Panel Discussion with Bassoonists of Color

Thursday, June 16, 5pm EDT/2pm PDT
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Sponsored by: Forrests Music

The first session in the Meg Quigley Summer Series is a panel discussion with three bassoonists of color.
Lia Uribe

Lia Uribe, host
liauribe.com

Lia Uribe is Associate Professor of music at the University of Arkansas, principal bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony of Northwest Arkansas), and member of the Lyrique Quintette. She maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. Her work includes concerts and festivals in Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Finland, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, England, Spain, Colombia, and the USA. An advocate for diversity and representation in the arts, Dr. Uribe’s research interest is centered in music by Latin-American and Latinx composers. She has commissioned and premiered several new pieces for the bassoon. Her Lyrique Quintette’s CD "Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas" was published in 2018. Originally from Colombia, Lia Uribe holds degrees in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, University of Arkansas, and University of Kansas.

Kika Wright

Kika Wright
kikawright.com

Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic performer and instructor recently transplanted to New York City. She teaches for the Bronx Arts Ensemble and is a member of the Incidental Chamber Players in Pittsburgh, a group dedicated to the performance of lesser-known chamber music. She is also the bassoonist for the Deep Tones Ensemble. Previously, Ms. Wright served as instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and as adjunct professor of double reeds at Morgan State University. Ms. Wright has performed with Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Trilogy Opera Company, Hamptons Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, DC Strings Project, and orchestras in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Toronto. Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Former teachers include Frank Morelli, Nancy Goeres, Daryl Durran, and Marc Vallon.

Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen
garrettmcqueen.com

A proud native of Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen has performed in venues across the country. Garrett is an advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of black musicians in the field. He's spoken on diversity panels presented by the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization and the Kennedy Center's Shift Festival, and continues in this work in and outside of the concert hall. Much of his work has been published, including his series on "The Relationship Between Race and Classical Music" by Arts in a Changing America. In an article by Current, McQueen was hailed as "a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should". Garrett holds a BM in Bassoon from the University of Memphis and a MM in Bassoon from the University of Southern California. In addition to serving as the host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio program, "Music Through the Night", Garrett is the Executive Producer of TRILLOQUY, and continues to perform around the world.

Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones
quintetolatino.org

Shawn Jones is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Rice University. He has performed as a member of the Colorado, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphonies as both a bassoonist and contrabassoonist. During the summers, he has taught at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp, performed with the Colorado Music Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, traveled to Japan to perform with the Pacific Music Festival, and toured Russia with the American Russian Youth Orchestra. Shawn is also very active as a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Berkeley Symphony as well as a frequent Substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley, Modesto Symphony, Oakland Symphony, California Symphony, and others. In addition to his extensive orchestral experience, he is a longstanding member of Quinteto Latino, a woodwind quintet that performs classical and contemporary music by Latino composers.


Week 2

Pushing Forward: A Panel Discussion on Music for the Bassoon by Composers from Underrepresented Groups

Thursday, June 25, 6pm EDT/3pm PDT
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Sponsored by: Bocal Majority

The second session in the Meg Quigley Summer Series is a conversation that celebrates inclusive programming with a group of bassoonists who have dedicated their careers to championing works by historically underrepresented groups.
Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson, host
wilsonbassoon.com

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Theory at Washington State University where she performs with the Solstice Faculty Wind Quintet. Since 2019, she has also been on the faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy where she teaches studio bassoon and is a member of the Movere Wind Quintet. An eager contributor to the double reed community, Dr. Wilson serves in positions for the International Double Reed Society, the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium, and co-hosts the Double Reed Dish podcast with oboist Galit Kaunitz. She is especially passionate about embracing diversity in her performances by elevating music featuring underrepresented perspectives and lived experiences. In this capacity, she has premiered and commissioned works by composers Juantio Becenti (Navajo), Raven Chacon (Navajo), Chia-yu Hsu, and others.

Monica Ellis

Monica Ellis
imaniwinds.com

Bassoonist Monica Ellis is a founding member of the Grammy nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds, who in their 23rd season, continue to make ground-breaking art while maintaining a vigorous international touring schedule. As the administrative director & tour manager for Imani Winds, and Co-Artistic Director for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, she maintains a fulfilling leadership role within group. Imani Winds formed in 1997, when Monica along with the four other original members, realized that such a group could fill a significant void in the chamber music world. Imani Winds performs relevant and culturally significant music from last 100 years and the next 100 years and are role models to all, but especially to the community of African-American classical wind players.

Nicolasa Kuster

Nicolasa Kuster
mqvc.org

Nicolasa Kuster is Associate Professor of Bassoon and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. Kuster is Principal Bassoon of the Stockton Symphony and New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestras, Second Bassoon (Acting Principal) of the Monterey Symphony. Previous positions include the Wichita Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony. She spent six summer seasons performing and recording with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. Her solo appearances with orchestra include performing Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Bassoon Concerto on the opening Gala performance of the International Double Reed Society in 2013, Peter Schickele's Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra with the Stockton Symphony in 2015. Kuster is a founder of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, and loves working with the greatest team ever as the organization develops.

Katia Osorio

Katia Osorio
katiaosorio.com

Katia Osorio is a Honduran-American bassoonist from Houston, Texas. Passionate about advocacy, she aims to challenge and broaden the standards that systemically exclude marginalized artists and achieves it through performance, concert curation, and other creative projects. Katia is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Exposure—a digital database that focuses on filling the void of available resources for works by minority composers. Launched in June 2019, Exposure hosts a video concert series that features performances, biographies, and access to similar resources of these works. Katia is also the 2018-19 recipient of the Richard E. Rainwater Innovation grant and the runner up recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s President’s Award for Global Learning grants for her pioneering work with Exposure. Katia holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and will begin her Master of Music in Performance at Yale University this fall.

Maya Stone

Maya Stone
stone.musicteachershelper.com
facebook.com/mayastonemusicstudio

Maya Stone is a champion of music. She has commissioned and premiered several works by American composers, including Paul Osterfield, William J. Lackey, Spencer Lambright, and Stephen Gorbos. One special project involves solo bassoon in Black Gospel Music, which includes collaborating with composers; Raymond Wise, Mark Lomax and William Menefield. Stone is the second bassoonist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and second bassoonist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit. Currently, Stone is active as a freelance musician and bassoon teacher in the Nashville, TN region. She is passionate about teaching and participating in the rise of musicianship and life skills in youth. She is also a member of the Rushes Ensemble, which premiered and recorded Michael Gordon’s work for 7 bassoons. In 2012, the group toured Europe showcasing the piece, and continues with performances around the U.S. and abroad.

Lia Uribe

Lia Uribe
liauribe.com

Lia Uribe is Associate Professor of music at the University of Arkansas, principal bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony of Northwest Arkansas), and member of the Lyrique Quintette. She maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. Her work includes concerts and festivals in Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Finland, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, England, Spain, Colombia, and the USA. An advocate for diversity and representation in the arts, Dr. Uribe’s research interest is centered in music by Latin-American and Latinx composers. She has commissioned and premiered several new pieces for the bassoon. Her Lyrique Quintette’s CD "Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas" was published in 2018. Originally from Colombia, Lia Uribe holds degrees in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, University of Arkansas, and University of Kansas.


Week 3

The Imperative of Community Engagement for Musicians

Thursday, July 2, 5pm EDT/2pm PDT
Sponsored by: GoBassoon Reeds

The third session in the Meg Quigley Summer Series explores the why and how of community engagement in the 21st century through the exceptional careers of bassoonists who are actively practicing artistic citizenship.
Staci Spring

Staci Spring, host
stacispringmusic.com

Based in Chattanooga, TN, Staci Spring leads a versatile career as a professional bassoonist, educator, and arts advocate. She performs frequently throughout the region with ensembles including the Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Chattanooga Bach Choir, Opera Tennessee, Figment Chamber Ensemble, and the Fourth Wall Trio. She maintains a private bassoon studio, and holds faculty appointments at UT Chattanooga, Lee University, Chattanooga State, and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. An active member in the Chattanooga arts community, Spring has participated in the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, serves on the Community Arts Team for the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative, and frequently collaborates with classroom teachers as a UTC-Wolf Trap Teaching Artist. She founded the Scenic City Bassoon Ensemble for bassoonists of all ages and skill levels to perform in the community, and she has served on the MQVC Team since 2013.

Nanci Belmont

Nanci Belmont
nancibelmont.com

Praised as "outstanding" by the New York Classical Review, bassoonist Nanci Belmont is the Second Prize winner of the 2016 Gillet-Fox Competition of the International Double Reed Society. As an artist and educator, Nanci seeks to create meaningful and relevant musical experiences. She is a member of The City of Tomorrow, a wind quintet with a fearless aesthetic and dedication to the performance of contemporary repertoire. She has also collaborated with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Nanci is also driven by the desire to inspire curious, lifelong learners in music. From 2012-2014 she was a fellow of Ensemble Connect, and has since taken part in numerous interactive performances in community venues and public schools. Nanci serves on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Molloy College.

Midori Samson

Midori Samson
midorisamson.com

Midori Samson (she/her) is a bassoonist, educator, activist, and scholar. She is a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, a former Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed with the Chicago, Omaha, and Charleston symphonies. She is the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and taught at China's Youth Music Culture Guangdong alongside Yo-Yo Ma. Her proudest work is as an activist: as a Program Facilitator with Artists Striving to End Poverty, as the Artistic Director of Trade Winds Ensemble, which hosts composition workshops with social impact organizations around the world, and as a performer at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, which honored the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and is a DMA candidate in bassoon and social welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research investigates the deliberate synergy of music education and social work.

Lecolion Washington

Lecolion Washington
cmcb.org

After over 20 years as a performing musician, 15 years as a music professor, and 10 years as an arts administrator, Lecolion Washington has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs; and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change. Lecolion is the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Lecolion was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis from 2009-2017, and he was the founder of the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, he was named as one of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. He was selected as a 2019 Musical America’s Top Professional of the Year honoring Innovators, Independent Thinkers and Entrepreneurs, celebrated as a 2020 Boston HUBWeek "Change Maker", and he was the 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Planning Committee Chair.

Kika Wright

Kika Wright
kikawright.com

Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer and double reed instructor, recently transplanted to New York City. She serves as the oboe and bassoon teaching artist for Bronx Arts Ensemble. Ms. Wright is a core member of the Incidental Chamber Players in Pittsburgh. She is also the bassoonist for the Deep Tones Ensemble, a woodwind quintet based in the San Francisco area. Ms. Wright has performed with Trilogy Opera Company, Hamptons Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, DC Strings Project, Manhattan Opera Studio, Metro Chamber Orchestra (Brooklyn), and other regional orchestras in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Greater Toronto area. Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the US and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Former teachers include Frank Morelli, Nancy Goeres, Daryl Durran, and Marc Vallon.


Week 4

Vivaldi: Interpretation and Competition Preparation

Thursday, July 9, 5pm EDT/2pm PDT
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Sponsored by: Midwest Musical Imports

The fourth session in the Meg Quigley Summer Series explores Antonio Vivaldi and his Bassoon Concerto in a minor, RV 498, which is part of this year's MQVC competition repertoire.

David A. Wells, host
davidawells.com

Dr. David A. Wells has been involved with Meg Quigley since 2011, and currently serves as Co-Executive Director. As a performer, he plays historical and modern bassoons in a wide variety of ensembles and styles. On Baroque, Classical, and Romantic-era bassoons, he has recently performed with the American Bach Soloists, the Musica Redemptor Orchestra (Austin, TX), the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), Sinfonia Spirituosa, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, and at the Carmel Bach Festival and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. On modern bassoon, he freelances with orchestras throughout Northern California, collaborates with colleagues in chamber groups, and plays with the swing sextet Hot Club Faux Gitane. He is also active as a music scholar, having presented papers at the conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the International Double Reed Society. Wells teaches bassoon and music history at California State University, Sacramento.

Andrew Brady

Andrew Brady
Atlanta Symphony

Andrew Brady joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 as Principal Bassoon. Brady was formerly Principal Bassoonist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, a position he held since 2013. An active soloist, Brady has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, Rossini, and Zwilich with the Southeast Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Enthusiastically involved in music education, he worked as a teaching artist with the Harmony Project’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program, where he assisted underserved teens in learning to play bassoon. Brady has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera Company orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall as well as abroad on European tours. Brady received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Richard Beene.

Stephanie Corwin

Stephanie Corwin
stephaniecorwin.com
kleinekammermusik.com

Praised for her “warmth and composure” (Wichita Eagle), bassoonist Stephanie Corwin enjoys a varied career playing Modern, Classical, Baroque, and Renaissance instruments. Based in New York City, Stephanie performs with ensembles at home and throughout the continent, including Handel and Haydn Society, American Classical Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia, Trinity Wall Street, and chamber ensembles Kleine Kammermusik and Repast. A graduate of Davidson College, Stephanie earned degrees from Yale (MM) and Stony Brook (DMA), where she studied with Frank Morelli, as well as a Performer Diploma in Historical Bassoons from Indiana University as a student of Michael McCraw. Stephanie made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall last season with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and in March 2020 she appeared as a soloist with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.

James Massol

James Massol
Manhattan School of Music

Dr. James Massol teaches in the music history department at Manhattan School of Music, offering courses in chamber music, orchestral music, Puccini, and works for voices and orchestra. In addition to MSM, he also teaches at Mannes and Mahanaim College and is the founder and director of Opera Lucca, an Italian language and opera scenes summer program for singers in Lucca, Italy. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Colorado, and he was a Fulbright recipient to Germany. He formerly played bassoon with the Savannah Philharmonic and taught at the University of North Florida. His scholarly interests focus on semiotics, instrumental music, and Puccini. He recently gave a conference presentation titled “Stylistic Modulation in Il tabarro” at the Trittico centennial conference in Italy.


Summer Series Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring one of our future sessions? In addition to helping us offer these sessions for free, your logo will appear on this page and in our social media advertising for the session. Contact Jacqueline Wilson for more details.