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The Eastwind Reed Quintet is a resident faculty ensemble at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, and is America's first reed quintet (a relatively new formation that features oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon). EastWind has performed extensively and established an enviable reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally. The ensemble maintains a heavy concert schedule that includes performances and clinics at conventions and conferences, on radio and television, in public schools, and on various college campuses. The members each have extensive solo and chamber music experience, which brings strength and creative diversity to the group. EastWind has an effective musical rapport that allows the ensemble to perform a wide range of music with equal amounts of style, creativity, and bravado. Repertoire of the EastWind Ensemble includes literature from the Baroque to the present. The ensemble also draws upon the talents of guest artists to create entertaining programs enhanced by dance, narration, and the addition of other instruments. Along with formal performances, EastWind has an excellent educational program of lecture/demonstrations and master classes for schools, as well as customized residencies. 

OBOE—Mary Ashley Barret, Oboe, is the Oboe Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been on the faculty since 1998.  A native of North Carolina, she holds the principal oboe position with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.  She has presented numerous guest recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Caribbean, Central America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. An avid champion of the chamber ensemble, Barret performs regularly with the Cascade Wind Quintet, the EastWind Trio d’Anches, TreVent and has spent several summers playing chamber music in the Adirondacks of New York.  Her degrees include the DM from Florida State University, the MM from Baylor University, and the BM from The Eastman School of Music.  She can be heard on Live from Luzerne recordings with the Luzerne Chamber Players (NY), Out of the Woods, French reed trio music with TreVent, The Russian Clarinet (with EastWind Trio d’Anches), Chamber Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and EastWind Looks East:  Reed Trios of Eastern Europe (pub. by Centaur Records).  Barret is an artist/clinician for Buffet-Crampon.  

CLARINET--Anthony Taylor joined the UNCG School of Music faculty in 2007, and was also recently appointed as Principal Clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony. He is an active solo, chamber, and jazz musician. This fall, he presented a paper on his research into John Adams’s clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons in Bangor, Wales at the International Conference on Music and Minimalism. Recent performance highlights include the world premiere of Seattle composer Gail Gross’s Bossa Velha at the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association convention, solo performances with jazz piano master Dick Hyman, and the world premiere recording of Gregory Yasinitsky’s solo clarinet work For All That Has Been Given. Each August, Taylor also teaches at the Midsummer Musical Retreat, a week-long camp for adult amateur musicians. In summer 2007, he completed his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and also holds degrees from The Florida State University and Washington State University.

SAXOPHONESteven Stusek has earned an international reputation for virtuosic performances of standard and new works for the saxophone as well as for his engaging master classes and clinics. He is a founding member of both the acclaimed Red Clay Sax Quartet and the UNCG Reed Quintet. During nearly a decade of living and performing in the Netherlands Stusek won the prestigious Dutch Chamber Music Competition as part of the saxophone-accordion duo 2Track with accordion virtuoso Otine van Erp.  Along with degrees from Indiana University (BM, DM) and Arizona State University (MM), Stusek has studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Conservatoire de la Région de Paris, where he earned the Prix d'Or à l'Unanimité in Saxophone Performance. His other teachers include Jean-Yves Formeau, Eugene Rousseau, David Baker, Joseph Wytko, Larry Teal, Jean Ledeau, and Leroy Wolter.  Stusek is President of the North American Saxophone Alliance. 

BASS CLARINET—Kelly Burke joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1989. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and bass clarinetist of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. Equally at home playing Baroque to Bebop, she has appeared in recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and Russia. Burke's discography includes several recent releases with Centaur Records: The Russian Clarinet, with works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Glinka, Melkikh, and Goedicke; Middle Voices: Chamber Music for Clarinet and Viola, featuring works by several American composers; and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Chamber Music featuring the quintet and nonet, Middle Voices: Chamber Music of Eddie Bass, and EastWind Looks East: Reed Trios of Eastern Europe.  Burke is the author of numerous pedagogical articles and the critically acclaimed book Clarinet Warm-Ups: Materials for the Contemporary Clarinetist. She holds the BM and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the DMA from the University of Michigan.  Burke is an artist/clinician for Rico International and Buffet Clarinets. kjburke@uncg.edu

BASSOON—Michael Burns holds the BM degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the MM from the New England Conservatory, and the DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Currently he plays principal with the Asheville Symphony, North Carolina Ballet, Opera Company of North Carolina and the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra as well as performing frequently with the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras amongst others.  He remains active as a solo and chamber performer with numerous performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and master classes throughout North America and the South Pacific, and is bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, and the Cascade Quintet. In summers, Burns is associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium. He is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo Music and frequently performed. His mentors include William Winstead, Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, and Colin Hemmingsen. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society and was co-host for the IDRS 2003 Conference in Greensboro, NC. Burns is a Yamaha Performing Artist. mjburns@uncg.edu

For more information, contact Ashley Barret by email at mabarret@uncg.edu