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Integrating Chamber Music Techniques Into Your Large Ensembles

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  • Professional woodwind quintet Pure Winds will present a live demonstration workshop covering chamber music rehearsal techniques. Topics will include intonation, technical fluency, and ensemble precision, as well as how directors can implement these tools into their large ensemble preparation.
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  • Pure Winds is an award-winning woodwind quintet based in Lansing, Michigan that promotes outside-of-the-concert-hall musical experiences. The group engages audiences of all ages through residencies, masterclasses, and performances. Pure Winds consistently brings music to non-traditional venues and strives to break down the barrier between performer and audience. Recent engagements have included concerts and clinics at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg KY, University of Michigan - Flint, as well as being the featured guest artist for the “Chamber Music Montana” series at the University of Montana in March 2019. While the group enjoys bringing a fresh perspective to standard quintet repertoire, Pure Winds also strives to perform new music for all audiences. Its members have placed in various competitions across the country, participated in music festivals in the U.S. and internationally, and perform and teach throughout mid-Michigan.
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  • Colton Wansitler
  • Colton Wansitler is working as a freelance musician throughout Michigan. He has performed with many symphonies such as the Chautauqua Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Lansing Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Canton Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist at the Chautauqua Institute and played with the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival Orchestra during the summers of 2015, 2014, and 2013. Additionally, he has performed on the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series in 2014 and 2012. He was the winner of the University of Michigan - Flint Concerto Competition, which led to solo performances with the Wind Symphony in 2012 and 2011. Colton is currently working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Michigan State University, where he plays with the MSU Symphony Orchestra, and the MSU Wind Symphony. With the MSU Wind Symphony, Colton performed at The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference in 2013. Additionally, in 2014 the MSU Wind Symphony went on a tour through the Midwest which led him to play at Carnegie Hall. Colton received his Bachelors from the University of Michigan - Flint in 2012, where he studied with Dr. Jessica Cech. He later received his Masters of Music in Flute Performance from Michigan State University in 2014, where he currently studies with Richard Sherman. He has also studied with Sharon Sparrow and Ervin Monroe.
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  • Natalie Law
  • Natalie Law is an active bassoonist and educator based in Mid-Michigan. As an orchestral musician, she has most recently performed with the West Michigan Symphony and Rochester (MI) Symphony. In the summer of 2019, Natalie was a performance fellow at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to moving to Michigan, she held numerous orchestral positions across the state of Montana, including second bassoonist for the Missoula, Helena, and Glacier Symphonies. As a member of the Pure Winds quintet, she has performed as a guest artist and clinician at multiple institutions and venues across the United States. In 2016, Natalie won the Montana MTNA Young Artist Competition. She was also a finalist in the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Competition for two consecutive years. As an avid educator, Natalie is particularly interested in beginning bassoon pedagogy. In 2018, she won the Grand Prize and “People’s Choice Award” in the Michigan State University Running Start Entrepreneurial Competition for her live pitch to create a beginning bassoon resource for students and band directors. As a result, she received funding to bring this project to life and is in the process of creating and making it accessible to the public. Natalie is also the bassoon instructor at Oakview Middle School and Scripps Middle School in Lake Orion, MI. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance at Michigan State University. She completed her undergraduate degrees in both performance and music education at the University of Montana. Her primary teachers have included Michael Kroth, Dorian Antipa, Elizabeth Ball Crawford, and Jennifer Cavanaugh.
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  • Kyndra Sisayaket
  • A native of the Pacific Northwest, Kyndra Sisayaket currently resides in East Lansing, MI, pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree at Michigan State University. She has performed with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Along with performing in regional orchestras, she has had summer opportunities at the Marrowstone Music Festival, Pacific Regional International Summer Music Academy, and Kent/Blossom Music Festival, working with renowned musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Netherlands Philharmonic. Kyndra has also performed in unique settings, including playing onstage with the band Kansas and with the Dallas Brass. In her graduate studies, she has received assistantships at the University of Akron and Michigan State University, teaching courses such as horn methods, music appreciation, and undergraduate lessons. As a private teacher, her students have competed in State Solo & Ensemble competitions and made placements in State Honors Bands in Washington. Her primary teachers include Corbin Wagner, Margaret Tung, and Matthew Aubin.
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  • Nick Schumacher
  • Nick Schumacher is currently working toward his DMA in Clarinet Performance and Master's in Theory at Michigan State University. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Nick’s performing career has given him the opportunity to perform in wind ensembles, orchestras, and a diverse array of chamber groups. In 2016, Nick was the winner of the University of Northern Iowa Performance Competition and was a three-time featured soloist with the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony. He is a National Presser Scholar and is an active member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. His principal teachers include Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Guy Yehuda, and Amanda McCandless; he has also worked in masterclasses with many other professional clarinetists, including Michael Lowenstern, Wonkak Kim, and David Krakauer. In addition to performing, Nick has a variety of musical interests ranging from composition and music theory to clarinet pedagogy.
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  • Andrea Silverio
  • Andrea Silverio, a native of Brazil, has performed in Brazil's main concert halls and acquired a vast experience playing in orchestras since the age of 17.  Ms. Silverio has won several competitions throughout her career including first place in the Sao Paulo Chamber Music Competition, second place in the MTNA Competition, and one of the winners in the USM Band Concerto Competition where she had the opportunity to perform the virtuosic Pasculli's "La Favorite."  Andrea holds a bachelor degree in oboe performance from The University of Southern Mississippi.  She pursued a masters degree at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Johanna Cox Pennington.  Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University and is a student of Jan Eberle.