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DSO Wind Quintet

Tuesday, April 16, 2024—7:00pm

Tuesday, April 16, 2024—7:00pm
In Your Community
1 hour and 30 minutes
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At Ferndale First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220

A DSO wind quintet brings an adventurous evening of works by American composers to an intimate venue. The Quintet for Winds by Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison is featured, a piece Harbison describes as “extremely challenging to play,” and born from a collaboration with “resourceful, inquisitive, and fearless wind players.”


Quintet for Winds
Valerie Coleman
Marc Mellits


Hannah Hammel Maser


Hannah Hammel Maser joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in January 2020. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and New Music Detroit. Before joining the DSO, Hammel Maser held the position of Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 20172019.  

As an orchestral musician, Hammel Maser has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, the Richmond Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Hammel Maser has attended summer festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Round Top Music Festival. 

Hammel Maser is a sought-after teacher and orchestral excerpt coach and has been invited to teach for the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of North Texas, the University of Alabama, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, and was a coach for the Sphinx Organization's 2022 Audition Intensive with the New World Symphony. Hammel Maser maintains an active private studio in Detroit and also enjoys coaching flutists virtually. 

As a soloist, Hammel Maser won first prize in the 2016 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2016 Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Competition, the 2015 Atlanta Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2014 National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpt & Masterclass Competition, the 2013 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Division Competition and second prize in the 2013 Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. Hammel Maser now serves as the Competition Coordinator for the NFA's Orchestral Excerpt & Masterclass Competition.  

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Hammel Maser began studying the flute with her mother, Alice Hammel. She holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and a minor in music theory from the Oberlin Conservatory (2015) where she studied with Alexa Still. She graduated with a Master of Music in flute performance in 2017 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Leone Buyse. 

Hammel Maser plays on an 18K gold Muramatsu flute and a Keefe piccolo. She lives in Detroit with her husband, trombonist Ian Maser and their two labradoodles, Evelyn and Cooper.

Alexander Kinmonth


Alexander Kinmonth has served as Principal Oboe (Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Chair) of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since his 2015 appointment by Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin. He can be heard on the DSO’s recordings of Tchaikovsky’s first, second, fourth, and sixth symphonies. Kinmonth is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera.

Kinmonth has performed as a guest musician with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on both oboe and english horn and with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. In the summer of 2022, Kinmonth participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. In previous summers, he has attended prestigious music festivals including Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival where he received a fellowship in 2014. He also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Kinmonth is a winner of the Professional Musicians Club of Boston’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. During his time in New York, Kinmonth performed operas, orchestral works, and new music with the Juilliard Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors including James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Jaap van Zweden.

Aside from music, Kinmonth has also pursued athletic, social, and academic interests. He participated in the 2010 National Junior Olympics for fencing and enjoys soccer and downhill mountain biking. He is also the winner of a National Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Short Story category.

Ralph Skiano


Ralph Skiano was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 after serving in the same position in the Richmond Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also appeared as guest Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Skiano has been involved in numerous music festivals including the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, and the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, he has been featured with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2010, Skiano was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and was a featured soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony at the 2014 International Clarinet Association Convention. Skiano appeared as a soloist several times with the Richmond Symphony, most notably performing concerti by Mozart, Weber, and Copland. He made his solo debut with the DSO in March of 2015, performing Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet.

Skiano has served on the faculty of the schools of music at James Madison University and the College of William and Mary and has presented masterclasses at UVA, Towson University, Louisiana State University, California State University Northridge, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland.

Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Skiano completed his Bachelor of Music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

Scott Strong

Scott Strong was appointed Third Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He was born into a family of musicians in Iowa and was raised in the Dallas, Texas area. Strong received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and completed his graduate studies at Rice University before joining the Louisiana Philharmonic horn section. He is an active participant in many festivals and has held horn positions in the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony. Strong has studied with Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Ryan Reynolds


Ryan Reynolds is the bassoonist of the Akropolis Reed Quintet and Lecturer of Bassoon at Eastern Michigan University. An award-winning chamber musician, Reynolds has won prizes at six national chamber music competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He tours internationally as a member of Akropolis and has released five studio albums with the ensemble.

Reynolds has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. As an educator, Reynolds has served on the summer faculties of the Renova Music Festival and the Akropolis Chamber Music Institute. He has given masterclasses and lectures in Germany, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and at many top American universities, including Yale University, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University.

A native of Michigan, Reynolds received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan and received his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Eric Stomberg, Jeffrey Lyman, and Jeff Keesecker.



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