Ann Choomack currently plays piccolo with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to inviting 21st century audiences into the concert experience. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music she went on to complete her masters degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Before arriving in St. Louis, Ms. Choomack played with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, VA and participated in numerous music festivals including Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Derek Fenstermacher is a Buffet Group Performing Artist and is currently principal tubist with both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra. In addition he is on faculty at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music, and is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University. Mr. Fenstermacher has performed with many orchestras across the United States, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, and is a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Derek is honored to be joining the Sotto Voce Quartet for their 2016-2017 season, the premiere tuba and euphonium quartet, and will be touring with them across the United States. An acclaimed soloist, he will be soloing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in April of 2017, and has won numerous competitions, including grand prize at the Leonard Falcone Artist Solo Tuba Competition in 2008.
Mr. Fenstermacher is a graduate of the University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and pursued advanced studies at the University of Houston. For more information please visit Derek’s website at www.dftuba.com
San Antonio Symphony
Saxophonist, Christopher “Hunter” Bockes is currently in his first year of Graduate studies at Northwestern University in pursuit of his Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance. He has been a member of their Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Ensemble and is a Graduate Assistant in their chamber music program. Hunter earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC. During his studies he has collaborated with dancers, actors, and other musicians in various ensembles and venues. Among those collaborations was a performance with Olympian, Jeremy Abbott, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with the group, “uncsaX.”
Hunter has been a member of award-winning saxophone quartets including ~Nois, Atchara Saxophone Quartet, Half and Half Saxophone Quartet, and Minerva Saxophone Quartet. Among his awards as a chamber musician are First Prize at the Chicago Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Southeastern Regional Conference, and multiple First Prize awards at the North Carolina State MTNA conference. Among his awards as a soloist he most recently received First Place at the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition in Boone, NC. He has also been a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 UNCSA concerto competitions. Outside of his current and past school music groups he has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and Twin City Stage Theater in Winston-Salem, NC.
He has performed in masterclasses held by world-renowned saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury and Kenneth Tse. He has also worked with saxophonists Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Carrie Koffman, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Zachary Shemon, Susan Fancher, Robert Young, and Jonathan Yanik, among others.
His primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Steven Stusek, and Dennis Brown.
2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition Winner
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