Madera Wind Quintet to tour Texas Feb. 6-12

(Denton, TX) – The Madera Wind Quintet, one of the state’s premiere woodwind ensembles, is set to perform throughout Texas in February. The group will give concerts and master classes in Tyler, Denton, Nacogdoches, Kingsville and Corpus Christi before heading to San Antonio to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

The tour coincides with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Madera Wind Quintet’s next album. Titled Five Piece Combo, the recording features the previously unrecorded suites for wind quintet by Don Gillis (1912-1978), a delightfully quirky Texas composer best known for his Symphony No. 5 ½ (“A Symphony for Fun”), and his work as legendary producer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini.

The quintet’s touring program features selections from the forthcoming album of music by Gillis, as well as compositions by young composers Sean Friar and Daniel Nass from their previous album Five at Play. They will also play original arrangements of music by Aaron Copland and Beck, works by Arne Running, György Ligeti and Brazilian composer Oscar Fernandez, and a quintet by Franz Danzi, one of the earliest composers to write music in the genre.

Madera has performed frequently in the North Texas and Oklahoma regain, but this will be their first appearance in South Texas. At several schools, the quintet will work with students in master classes and Q&A sessions in addition to performing.

“Playing in a chamber group – especially a wind quintet – is unlike any other form of performance,” said Rachel Yoder, co-founder and clarinetist of the group. “We’re excited to help coach student chamber groups at these schools and share our experience as musical entrepreneurs.”

Madera oboist Jason Paschall, said, “I am thrilled at the thought of our upcoming tour! Our love for outreach, for each other and for the music itself will make every performance engaging and inspiring.”

2015 Tour Dates:

7:30 PM Friday, Feb. 6: University of Texas – Tyler (Tyler, TX)

8:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 7: Banter Bistro (Denton, TX)

4:00 PM Sunday, Feb. 8: Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)

2:00 PM Monday, Feb. 9: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)

7:30 PM Monday, Feb. 9: Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)

6:30 PM Tuesday, Feb. 10: Texas A&M University – Kingsville (Kingsville, TX)

9:30 AM Thursday, Feb. 12: TMEA Convention (San Antonio, TX)

About the Madera Wind Quintet:

The Madera Wind Quintet was formed in 2008 by students and alumni of the University of North Texas, and has quickly become known as one of today’s most exciting wind quintets.  Exploring the fringes of the quintet repertoire ­— new music, forgotten gems, original arrangements and music for children — Madera also engages audiences with the classic repertoire and beauty of the wind quintet sonority.

The musicians of the Madera Wind Quintet are Amy Thiemann (flute), Jason Paschall (oboe), Rachel Yoder (clarinet), Jorge Cruz, Jr. (bassoon) and Angela Winter (horn). Together they recently recorded the complete suites for wind quintet by Texas composer Don Gillis, for release on the upcoming album Five Piece Combo. Madera’s first recording, Five at Play (2012), featured new works for wind quintet chosen from a call for scores.

Madera premiered the International Joint Wind Quintet Commissioning Project’s winning composition at the 2012 International Double Reed Society and International Horn Society conferences, and was selected for a musical showcase at the 2015 TMEA conference. Educational outreach is also important to Madera, whose work includes workshops and clinics for students of all ages.

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Announcing the MWQ 2015 Texas Tour!

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Wind Quintets of Don Gillis

We are excited to announce our next recording project: the complete wind quintets of Don Gillis.  Previously unrecorded, Gillis’ three suites for wind quintet display his lighthearted mid-century style — inflected with jazz and a great sense of humor, and impeccably attuned to the colors and idioms of the wind quintet.

We’ll be recording in beautiful Voertman Hall at the University of North Texas this weekend with engineer Greg Dixon.  Look for some new group photos coming soon, and more details about the project and our fund-raising effort later this summer.  In the meantime, we’ll try to post photos from the session, and here are the work titles and movements:

Don Gillis – Suites for Wind Quintet

Suite No. 1 for Woodwind Quintet, “The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare” (11:00)
I. Bre’er Rabbit Dreams
II. They’re Off
III. Mr. Tortoise Wins the Race

Suite No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet, “Three Sketches” (13:00)
I. Self Portrait
II. Sermonette
III. Shadows

Suite No. 3 for Woodwind Quintet, “Gone with the Woodwinds” (13:00)
I. Take Five Blues
II. Five Piece Combo
III. Frolic in B-Bop Major

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Welcoming Jason and Amy

We are excited to welcome our new oboist Jason Paschall and flutist Amy Thiemann!

Jason is a Fort Worth native who was previously oboist in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he completed an Artist’s Certificate in oboe performance.

Amy comes to us from Nebraska where she taught at Concordia University and performed with the Omaha Symphony. She took the place of our longtime flutist Katrina Elsnick, who won a piccolo position with the West Point Band and is currently at basic training.

We’ve already performed together a few times and though it’s sad to see old friends go, we’re excited about this newest iteration of the Madera Wind Quintet.  Look for more news about our next recording project soon!

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Lansing McCloskey’s “Hardwood”

Back in summer 2012, we had the opportunity to premiere Lansing McCloskey’s Hardwood at the International Horn Society Conference in Denton, TX and the International Double Reed Society conference in Oxford, OH.

McCloskey was the winner of the International Joint Wind Quintet Project Competition, which resulted in a commission for him to write the piece. The competition was a collaboration between the International Horn Society, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association and National Flute Association, and Hardwood was performed at the conferences of all of these societies in 2012. All five movements are now on YouTube, check ‘em out!

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Five at Play video

Been wanting to check out the music from our album Five at Play?  Since we opted out of Spotify due to their dubious methods of musician compensation, we made this video so you can get a listen of excerpts from all of the tracks on the album:

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Five at Play on SoundNotion

The Madera Wind Quintet’s own Rachel Yoder was a guest on SoundNotion, the “weekly podcast for new music and music news,” on February 3 to talk about our new album Five at Play. Also joining the conversation was Sarah Summar who composed the piece Tó Neinilii’s Mischief in collaboration with us, along with hosts David MacDonald, Nate Bliton, and Patrick Gullo. Watch the program to hear us discuss the problems of writing for wind quintet, why horn players are such “weirdos” and which chamber ensemble has the most… um… testosterone.

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Five at Play CD Released November 15

Well, today’s the day… Our debut album, Five at Play, is now available for purchase either as a CD or digital download from Crescent Phase Records.  It is also available on Amazon and iTunes.


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Five at Play CD Release Extravaganza Nov.2

The Five at Play album is finally done, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We worked closely with recording engineer/producer Greg Dixon of Dixon Sound Services for many, many hours to get everything sounding just right. Then it went to Blair Liikala, head of recording services at the University of North Texas, for mastering. We can’t wait for everyone to hear this recording!

The album will be released digitally and on CD on Nov. 15. If you were one of our awesome Kickstarter backers, you should be receiving it around that time also!

If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we’d love to see you at our CD release event next Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm in Denton! Celebrate our new album with a short MW performance and food and drink on us! See the Facebook event page for more details.

One last thing…
We’re excited to announce that we have a new oboist! We welcome to Madera Wind Quintet Andrew Gresham from California, who just began his masters degree in oboe at the University of North Texas. Best of luck to our lovely oboist for the last two years Natalie Lorch, who has moved to New York to begin a doctorate at Stony Brook.

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