Winds (oboe/English horn, B-flat/A clarinet, bassoon). Composers can compose a quartet if they play the fourth part (e.g. piano, percussion part, etc). PDF scores and parts will be submitted by June 24, 2023 by composers; the scores will be shared here on this blog post.
This blog will document the exchange between composers and the ensemble. The exchange will be documented here in three stages:
- Questions & Feedback: the ensemble will post initial questions to the composers on their music between June 26-30. The scores will be linked from the blog post. Composers will respond with revisions.
- Rehearsal: the ensemble will record a rehearsal and July 1 in a zoom session which will be posted here by July 10.
- Reading: July 16 @ 10am-noon in Kleinpell Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The ensemble will read through all of the pieces and record the session on zoom which will also be posted here.
View reading scores here
Anthony Petruconis here.
Kevin Chen here.
William Feng here.
Tim Guillaume here.
Landon Zientara here.
The Riverside Winds
A graduate of Augsburg College, Merilee Klemp is a well-known recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. Her notable accomplishments include an impressive list of featured recordings as well as popular commercial recordings by Janet Jackson, Elton John, and Mariah Carey. Her performances have been broadcast on Public Radio International, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio, and she has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Centrum Festival in Seattle, the Bach Aria Institute and Festival, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. Along with her avid interest in Baroque music, she is a strong advocate of contemporary literature premiering dozens of works and commissioning compositions from Libby Larsen, Fritz Bergmann, Randall Davidson, Dan Kallman, and David Evan Thomas. In 1996 she gave the Midwest premiere of Joan Tower’s “Island Prelude.” Dr. Klemp is on the music faculty at Augsburg University and teaches oboe as an adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Carleton College.
In her 27th season as principal clarinet of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, she also appears with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence, Northrup Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater and a number of chamber chamber ensembles including the Riverside Winds. Jennifer has performed and toured with the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble and co-founded The Prospect Park Players, a chamber music group that enjoyed a 7-year residency at Hamline University. An avid lover of chamber music, she has played 20 seasons at the Festival of the Lakes Chamber music festival.
Ms. Gerth is also an avid teacher and clinician and has been teaching at the collegiate level for over three decades. She has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, St. Cloud State University and Augsburg College. She has performed masterclasses and concerts throughout the midwest and has appeared as a repeated guest clinician at Midwest Musical Imports’ Clarinet Day. She was teacher and faculty soloist at the Birch Creek Summer Performance Center in Door County, WI. Jennifer currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas, the College of St. Benedict and also maintains a private studio. She enjoys running, cooking, yoga, gardening and hatching butterflies.
For thirteen seasons, Matt Bertrand was a member of the South Dakota Symphony before stepping down to focus on performance opportunities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Currently, Matt is a member of Music Saint Croix, a professional chamber music group based out of Stillwater, MN. He has also been a substitute bassoonist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, as well as other various ensembles around the metropolitan area. Along with performing, Matt also maintains a small private teaching studio out of his home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. When not performing or making reeds, Bertrand enjoys hiking, climbing, snowboarding, and most other outdoor activities.