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.


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).


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.


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