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Quintets with the DSO Principal Winds

Tuesday, April 16, 2024—7:00pm

Tuesday, April 16, 2024—7:00pm
In Your Community
1 hour and 30 minutes

At Ferndale First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

The Principal Winds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra assemble for an adventurous evening of works by American composers. 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.”

Program

JOHN HARBISON
Quintet for Winds

Artists

Hannah Hammel Maser

Principal

Hannah Hammel Maser joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in January 2020. She also plays 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 2017-2019. 

As an orchestral musician, Hammel Maser has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Richmond Symphony, and 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, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, University of Alabama, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University and was a coach for Sphinx's 2022 Audition Intensive at New World Symphony. Hammel Maser has an active private studio in Detroit and also enjoys coaching flutists virtually.

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

A native of Richmond, VA, Hammel Maser began studying the flute with her mother, Alice Hammel. She holds a BM in flute performance and a minor in music theory from The Oberlin Conservatory (2015) where she studied with Alexa Still. She graduated with her MM 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

Principal

Alex Kinmonth has recently been appointed Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin and can be heard on the DSO’s most recent recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 2, 4, and 6. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera.

Kinmonth has substituted in the Metropolitan Opera on both oboe and English horn and in the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2022, Kinmonth participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego CA, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. In previous summers he has attended the Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Festival, where he received a fellowship in 2014. He also participated in the prestigious 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 New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Jaap Van Zweden.

Kinmonth grew up in a musical household in Carlisle, MA, choosing to play violin at age 5 and oboe at age 9. From a young age, he has pursued orchestral, solo, and chamber music interests, playing with the Boston Youth Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, and winning awards from the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Concord (MA) Orchestra. His former teachers include John Ferrillo and Laura Ahlbeck.

Although music is the main focus of Kinmonth’s life, he also enjoys a balance of 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

Principal

Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 after having served in the same position in the Richmond Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinetist 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 he 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 Detroit 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 BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

Conrad Cornelison

Principal

Conrad Cornelison joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoon in 2022 at the appointment of Music Director Jader Bignamini. Since 2017, Cornelison has served with the Jacksonville Symphony in the same position. While living in Florida, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at the University of North Florida from 20172022. Prior to his work in Jacksonville, he held positions with the Houston Grand Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. He has also appeared as a guest musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, and others.

During his summers, Cornelison regularly performs at Festival Mozaic, a chamber music and orchestra festival in San Luis Obispo, California, under the direction of Scott Yoo. He has also performed with the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Saint Augustine Music Festival and has served on the bassoon faculty of Interlochen Bassoon Institute. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on numerous occasions with the San Marco Chamber Music Society and has appeared as a performer on the PBS series “Now Hear This” by Great Performances. Many of his performances with the Jacksonville Symphony and Festival Mozaic have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today.

Cornelison holds degrees from The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music) and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (Master of Music), where he studied with Patricia Rogers and Benjamin Kamins, respectively. He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Eric Stomberg, and his early bassoon studies were with Matthew Schuler and Dan Duncan. He is a proud father and lives in Michigan with his wife, Xiaodi, his daughter, Theia, and their dog, Toby.

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