Woodwind ensemble lends experience to classical pieces

Lauren Funtanilla

On May 4, musical fans will have the privilege of enjoying the performance of a professional woodwind ensemble. 

The dynamic group consists of Denise Westby on flute, Karen Strand on oboe, Mark Casperson on clarinet, Ann Crandall on bassoon and Bill Stalnaker on horn. Members of the 5tet Woodwind Ensemble were previously acquainted and had worked with one another in different orchestras in the Portland area. They have been performing together for more than five years.

“We liked meeting and playing together so much that we kept on performing as a group,” Strand said.

Westby describes the ensemble as performing a variety of different pieces from the 20th century ranging from classical, orchestra, operas and pop. Sunday’s performance is an attractive variety, Strand said.

“Each piece is very well crafted by composers and they make use the five wind instruments very well,”  Strand said, which is why she is excited for the

All members are professional freelancers and some are music teachers on the side. Westby is an adjunct professor at Linfield. She teaches private instruction in flute and works with the Chamber Ensemble as well. She has been a flautist with the Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra and freelances with other ensembles ranging from classical to rock and roll. Casperson has performed as principal clarinet with the Portland Opera as well as in other Portland area orchestras.

A professor at Portland State University, Strand has played the oboe and English horn in the Portland Opera Orchestra, with other Northwest ensembles and at other musical festivals.

Crandall is also a professor who teaches bassoon at PSU and performs with the Portland Opera and the Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras.

 Stalnaker has played the French horn with the Oregon Symphony during the 1970s and 1980s and is a brass and hornist teacher.

The performance is sponsored by Local #99, Music Performance Fund of New York City and the American Federation of Musicians, and is open to the public. It will be held in Delkin Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at 2 p.m. 

1 Comment on Woodwind ensemble lends experience to classical pieces

  1. M. Martinez // May 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm //

    Lauren Funtanilla wrote an amazing column regarding the woodwind ensemble and brought life to anotherwise mundane story. Way to go Lauren.

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