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Holy Comforter Concert Series: Sunderman Wind Quintet

October 8 @ 4:00 pm

The Holy Comforter Concert Series will open its 2023–24 season on October 8 with a performance by the Sunderman Wind Quintet, an ensemble of faculty members from Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

The group consists of musicians playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, and is active in presenting concerts, clinics, and symposia up and down the East Coast, captivating audiences with their rich tone quality and innovative programming.

For us they will perform music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including a work by Reston-based composer Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, who will attend the concert and speak to the audience about her music.

Admission is free, with donations requested to support the church’s music program and concert series.

About the Quartet…

The Sunderman Wind Quintet has been the resident faculty ensemble at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College since 2005. The quintet performs an eclectic mix of repertoire and is eager to promote new compositions; their first CD, released in 2018 on the Bel Canto label, features premiere recordings of four new compositions for wind quintet. In addition to teaching and performing at Gettysburg College, the SWQ frequently gives performances and coachings at high schools and appears at regional and state conferences of the National Association for Music Education.

Sarah Eckman McIver performs and teaches in the Baltimore/Washington region on flute, piccolo, and baroque flute, including regular engagements with the Apollo Orchestra, the American Pops Orchestra, Opera Camerata, and Maryland Winds. For twelve years she toured nationally with the U.S. Army Field Band and was featured as a concerto soloist on five such tours. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland and can be heard on a wide variety of recordings.

Noelle Drewes is Principal Oboe with three chamber orchestras in the greater Washington area, and has appeared extensively as a subsitute with the National Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing with a wide range of other groups in the Mid-Atlantic region. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Maryland and in addition to playing the oboe is proprietor of her own business repairing oboes.

Clarinettist Aaron Scott performs throughout the Washington metro area and across the United States as a member of the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) and its Wind Quintet. As an active chamber musician he has also appeared with a multitude of ensembles at festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Formerly based in Ohio, he obtained his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Lynn Moncilovich is the second bassoonist with the Apollo Orchestra and contrabassoonist of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing frequently with the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony. She received her master’s degree from the University of North Texas, where she recorded Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon with the UNT Wind Symphony. She also holds an Artist’s Certificate from Southern Methodist University and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Ken Bell is Principal Horn with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and has played regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1997. Formerly a member of two premier military bands, he has also toured the U.S. and Europe as principal horn with several Broadway shows. He is also active as a teacher, an arranger and publisher of music for horn, and a brass-instrument repairman.

About the Featured Local Composer…

Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda attended George Mason University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and was awarded the Music Department’s Most Outstanding Musician award for 1998. While at GMU, Alexandra played first flute in all major ensembles and was an active participant in chamber groups. Since graduation, Alexandra has performed extensively in many different professional ensembles, and at such prestigious venues as the White House, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Helen Hayes Gallery, The Corcoran Museum of Art, Fairfax’s Old Town Hall, and the Cosmos Club. She maintains a private studio in Reston and teaches sectionals and flute choir for several local schools. Three Nature Walks was commissioned by the Patagonia Winds Woodwind Quintet and received its premiere at the 2015 National Flute Association convention in Washing


October 8
4:00 pm

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