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2017 Biographies — Woodwinds

Katie Cox

Katie Cox

Flute

Originally from Fairbanks, flutist Katie Cox resides in Brooklyn, NY. An active contemporary musician in NYC, Katie has worked with leading contemporary ensembles Transit, Concert Black, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Signal, Experiments in Opera, Little Opera Theatre of NY, members of eighth blackbird, and 2015 Latin Grammy nominee Mariachi Flor de Toloache. A member of Hotel Elefant, Katie also is Executive Director of Wild Shore New Music in Homer and Program Associate for Exploring the Metropolis in NYC, an arts service organization dedicated to resolving workspace issues for NYC's performing arts communities. Katie has performed at NYC’s tops venues Roulette Theater, the Park Avenue Armory, Hearst Plaza for Lincoln Center Out of Doors (2014), Carnegie Hall for the Weill Music Institute (2013), (le) poisson rouge, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and Brookfeild Place for the Bang on a Can Marathon (2014). Major composers she has worked with include 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Richard Carrick, Conrad Winslow, Jamie Stewart of the band Xiu Xiu, Anna Clyne, Carlisle Floyd, and Mary Kouyoumdjian. Katie is also a teaching artist for Little Orchestra Society. Katie received her Bachelors of Music degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Masters of Music Degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long beach. Primary teachers include John Barcellona, Deborah Harris, and Dorli McWayne.


Kathleen DeCorso

Kathleen DeCorso

Clarinet

Kay DeCorso is currently Principal Clarinet with the Suncoast Symphony in Clearwater. She has performed as Principal Clarinet and Concert Soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras in Spain, Switzerland, Scandanavia and in communities throughout Alaska. She has taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, at the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp and the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, where she directed the program of instrumental music for over 15 years. She has maintained a private studio for over 30 years in Fairbanks and Dunedin, Florida where she now resides with her husband, Ted.


Ted DeCorso

Ted DeCorso

Clarinet

Ted DeCorso has concertized internationally as chamber, orchestral and solo clarinetist. Over 30 concerto performances have been given with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestra throughout Alaska and in Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin, China. Recitals have been performed throughout Europe and at International Clarinet Congresses in London and Seattle. Ted was Professor of Music at the University of Alaska for 25 years and in Fairbanks directed the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp and the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra. He now lives in Dunedin, FL with his wife, Kay, where he teaches at the University of Tampa and conducts the Suncoast Symphony and the Clearwater Community Band.


Jess Frane

Jess Frane

Bassoon

Jessica Frane is a music educator, freelance bassoonist, and private instructor from Jersey City, NJ. Studying piano from an early age and later taking up flute and finally bassoon, she graduated with her bachelor's degree in Music Education from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University studying with bassoonist and current Juilliard education faculty member Seth Baer. As a performer, Jessica plays in many New Jersey based ensembles such as the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Concert Band, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, the Society of Musical Arts, the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and the Garden State Opera. In December 2012, She returned to her alma mater as a featured bassoon soloist in the "Students and Teachers" concert with the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Thomas McCauley. Jessica is currently an instrumental band teacher in the Teaneck Public Schools in Teaneck, NJ teaching lessons and band to grades 4 through 8.


Mara Mayer

Mara Mayer

Clarinet

Mara Mayer is a clarinetist and bass clarinetist based in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her degrees at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester where she studied with Ken Grant and Jon Manasse. She has also studied with members of the Cleveland Orchestra including Dan Gilbert and Linnea Nerreim. Mara is currently performing as a member of NYC-based contemporary music ensembles including the Nouveau Classical Project, Curiosity Cabinet, Contemporaneous, Curium, and Lykos Quartet. Mara also performs across a variety of other genres including with the Mexican big band Banda de los Muertos, with experimental pop artist GABI, in her experimental duo Feral Children, and as part of the Broadway show Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Mara is also founder and curator of a monthly performance series in Brooklyn called Home Audio that features experimental music, dance, and visual art. Recent residencies include Avaloch Farms New Music Initiative (2016) and E|Merge interdisciplinary collaborative residency (2014, 2015).


Dorli McWayne

Dorli McWayne

Flute

Dorli McWayne is principal flutist for the Fairbanks Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. She is an adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. McWayne is the founder and director of the Fairbanks Flutists and has performed across the country with the Professional Flute Choir.


Jay Million

Jay Million

Bassoon

Jay Million is currently studying bassoon and saxophone at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He started his musical training with his mother at the age of 5 because, to quote his mother, “he needed a hobby.” Having participated in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival since 2012, he’s excited to come back again as a performing artist.


Sharman Piper

Sharman Piper

Oboe

Sharman Piper has played principal oboe with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years and has also has performed regularly with many other Anchorage musical organizations including the Alaska Chamber Singers, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Anchorage Opera, Arioso chamber ensemble and the Anchorage Fine Arts Society. For many years she has taught private lessons and been a coach to the high school oboists in the Anchorage Youth Symphony. She studied oboe at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with the late great principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra, John Mack. She has studied chamber music at the Sandpoint Chamber Music Festival and the Fairbanks Fine Arts Festival, and furthered her oboe studies at the John Mack oboe seminars in Carmel, California and at the International Double Reed Society conference in Birmingham, England.


Candy Rydlinski

Candy Rydlinski

Oboe

Born and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, Candy began her music studies on piano and oboe at an early age. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University. Over the years she has studied with Harvey McGuire of the Cleveland Orchestra, David McGuire, Jane Green, Peter Cooper, and Mark Fink. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance from Cleveland State University, she joined the US Army Bands and was appointed principal oboist with the 76th U.S. Army Band in Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Her Army Band experience included numerous tours to England, France, Belgium and The Netherlands as well as many woodwind quintet performances throughout Europe. In 1996 she became the principal Oboist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1996.


George Rydlinski

George Rydlinski

Bassoon

George Rydlinski is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He completed undergraduate studies in music performance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1980. He enlisted in the Army as a bassoonist in 1983 and retired as the First Sergeant and Enlisted Bandleader of the 9th Army Band at Ft. Wainwright in 2004. He currently works for the Fairbanks Symphony Association as the marketing director. He has performed as principal bassoonist with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras since the fall of 1996. He is also an adjunct lecturer at UAF in the Music Department and is on the UAF Summer Music Academy conducting staff.


Therese Schneider

Therese Schneider

Flute

Therese is a member of the chamber group Anam Cara, the Opera Fairbanks Orchestra and is Music Director at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. She earned her M.A. in flute performance at the Longy Conservatory. In addition to flute performance and teaching, she sings and plays piano. Her teachers were Robert Willoughby, Carol Wincenc and Eleanor Lawrence. Camping and enjoying the Alaskan wilderness are some of her hobbies.


Mary Tesch

Mary Tesch

Oboe/ English Horn

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Oboe Performance from Colorado State University, Mary Tesch has performed with the following organizations: Denver Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Basically Bach Festival, Alaska Festival of Music, Anchorage Concert Chorus and the Alaska Chamber Singers. She is the Sr. Vice President of Administration for The Tatitlek Corporation an Alaska Native Village Corporation located in Anchorage, AK.


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