Faculty reed trio accepted to residency

February 25, 2015
Driftless Winds Reed Trio

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty reed trio has been accepted to a residency at the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute in Boscowen, N.H., this summer. Avaloch is an intensive chamber music retreat that gives unlimited studio space to established, professional chamber ensembles.

The Driftless Winds Reed Trio, comprised of Dr. Galit Kaunitz, lecturer of oboe; Corey Mackey, lecturer of clarinet; and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, assistant professor of music; is an active chamber music ensemble based in the tri-state region. The trio performs recitals, clinics and master classes throughout the upper-Midwest.

To be accepted for the residency, the trio had to apply, submit recordings and letters of recommendation, and then be selected from a national pool of applicants. During the weeklong residency that begins at the end of June, the trio will prepare and plan its 2015-16 season.

“Most of the other ensembles accepted to Avaloch are highly active professional ensembles from the northeast, such as New York; Boston; and Washington, D.C.,” said Wilson. “We were very excited and proud to be accepted and are hoping to raise our profile beyond the immediate region. This is a great first step.”

The trio’s 2014-15 season boasts guest artist performances at UW-Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis.; Blackhawk College in Moline, Ill.; University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Highland College in Freeport, Ill.

Additionally, the trio frequently participates in community engagement by presenting master classes and recitals at area schools. This year, the trio will visit Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wis., and James Madison High School in Madison, Wis., to provide lessons and coaching to young musicians.

The group also founded an annual fundraiser, “Driftless Winds and Friends: Mozart and Marinara,” that pairs a spaghetti dinner with performances of chamber works by Mozart – this year, performing the Piano Quintet K. 452 and the C minor Serenade K. 388 – to raise money for the UW-Platteville Scholarship Fund. The trio has been featured at the Tri-State Honors Band Festival and the Noon Musicales chamber music series in Madison.

For more information about the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute, go to http://avalochfarmmusic.org.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities.

The residency at Avaloch Chamber Music Institute aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu, and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, 608-342-6114, wilsonjac@uwplatt.edu

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