UNF Faculty Woodwind Quintet

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:00pm
Concert is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 2:30pm


Rhonda Cassano, flute
Claudia Minch, oboe
Sunshine Simmons, clarinet
Brad Behr, bassoon
Kevin Reid, horn



Gavotte with Six Doubles
Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Three Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
- Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
- Andante con moto e poco rubato
- Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Wind Quintet
Anton Reicha (1763–1826)
- Lento-Allegro moderato
- Finale - Allegro molto


Polka from the "Golden Age"
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Partita for Wind Quintet
Irving Fine (1914-1962)
- Introduction and Theme
- Variation
- Interlude
- Gigue
- Coda

Aria and Quodlibet
Arne Running (1951-2014)


Rhonda Cassano
Rhonda Cassano has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979, and is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of North Florida. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, founder of Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players the St. Mark’s Bach Ensemble and Sound Effects: Music at MOCA. She has appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony on numerous occasions. She holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney. In subsequent years she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert and William Bennett. In 1987 and 2000, she was a winner of the National Flute Association’s newly published music performer’s competition, and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions. She was awarded an artist-fellow to the 1989 Bach Aria Festival and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.She is a licensed Andover Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated and effective movement.

Claudia Minch
Claudia Minch has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979, playing oboe, English horn and oboe d’amore. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying under Wayne Rapier and Al Genovese, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, graduating with honors.

While in Boston, Ms. Minch performed with the Portland (Maine) Symphony and toured extensively across the United States and Russia with the New England Ragtime Ensemble under the direction of Gunther Schuller. Her ensemble, Quintet de Legno, won the prestigious Young Artist’s Guild Competition in New York in 1977, and earned a Carnegie Hall recital debut.

Since moving to Jacksonville, Ms. Minch has appeared as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and the University of North Florida Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Minch has also performed with the Savannah Symphony, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto Music Festival, St. Augustine Music Festival and the Cullowhee Music Festival. An active performer in local chamber music concerts and churches, Claudia maintains a large private oboe studio and has served on the music faculty of the University of North Florida since 2004.

Sunshine Simmons
Committed to the advancement of the next generation of clarinetists, Sunshine Simmons has received accolades as a performer throughout the country. Comfortable with the entire range of instruments in the clarinet family, her positions include Principal Clarinet with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Bass Clarinet with the New Mexico Philharmonic, E-flat Clarinet with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Bass Clarinet with Chicago Philharmonic. She has also performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Milwaukee, Grant Park, and Detroit, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater.

Sunshine’s chamber music activities have included performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 8th blackbird, International Chamber Artists, Present Music, Santa Fe New Music, and Chatter. Festival involvement has included the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the Frutillar Music Festival in Chile. Sunshine has also performed at the Ravinia Music Festival and the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Chicago.

As a soloist, Sunshine was featured in the Chicago premier of Alan Shulman’s Rendevous for Clarinet and String Orchestra. She also performed the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland for a live radio broadcast in Cluj, Romania with the Cluj Camerata.

Dr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She received Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers were J. Lawrie Bloom, Steve Cohen, and Thomas Thompson.

Brad Behr
Brad Behr is the Adjunct Professor of bassoon at the University of North Florida, a freelance musician and professional reed maker. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Music in bassoon performance from Florida State University. Brad is currently a doctoral candidate at FSU writing his treatise on electro-acoustic bassoon performance. He has studied bassoon with Dr. Jason Worzbyt of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Jim Rodgers of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mr. Jeff Keesecker of Florida State University.

In summers, Brad has served as bassoon coordinator for FSU’s Summer Double Reed Camp, bassoon instructor for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Camp, and as an instructor at UNF’s Summer Music Camp. An active performer, Brad has appeared with numerous ensembles across Pennsylvania and the Southeastern United States. Currently he the principal contrabassoon and utility bassoonist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Jacksonville and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestras.

Kevin Reid
Kevin Reid is in his 16th season as Principal Horn of the Jacksonville Symphony. He is also the adjunct horn professor at the University of North Florida. He holds a Masters of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor's of Music from Florida State. He spends the summers in Greensboro, North Carolina as Principal Horn of the Eastern Music Festival.