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Fellows and Teaching Artists – Woodwinds

Meet the Teaching Artists Focused on Woodwinds

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Timothy Day

flute

ABOUT
Residency
Festival weeks 3-8

Timothy Day was appointed principal flute of the San Francisco Symphony in 2006 and occupies the symphony’s Caroline H. Hume Chair. Previously, he served as principal flute with the Baltimore Symphony for 12 seasons.

Mr. Day has served as acting principal flute for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. In addition to participating in festivals in Moab, Mohonk, and Montreal, he has been a featured soloist during San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and has appeared many times as part of the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Robert Willoughby. Mr. Day taught at the Peabody Conservatory for ten years, and since 1987, he has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also has served as a wind coach with the New World Symphony.

Mr. Day has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 1992.

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Richie Hawley

clarinet, orchestral studies & chamber music

ABOUT
Distinction
The Keston Chair in Clarinet supported in memory of Michael Keston
Residency
Festival weeks 1-8

Richie Hawley ranks among the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation. As principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he impressed audiences around the world with his virtuosity and the velvety, sonorous tone that has become his trademark. The Cincinnati Enquirer has praised him for the “seamless flowing tone so many clarinetists long for and few can achieve.”

In 2011, Mr. Hawley left the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and moved to Houston, Texas to become the Professor of Clarinet at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Hawley appears on stages around the world regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. During the summer he is in residence as the clarinet teaching and performing artists at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Highlights of this year’s season include the premiere of Georgina Derbez’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with the UNAM orchestra of Mexico and the debut duo album with Conor Hanick featuring the music of Higdon, Copland, Tower and Jalbert. Mr. Hawley made his debut at the Marlboro Music Festival in 1999 and toured with the legendary “Musicians from Marlboro” for the 50th anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Hawley has garnered awards as both performer and educator. He won the Coleman-Barstow prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 1988 with Trio con Brio, and that same year was one of five musicians to receive the Gold Medal as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts from Ronald Reagan in a ceremony at the White House. He has received the Léni Fé Bland Foundation Career Grant twice, and was awarded the 2009 Glover Award for outstanding teaching at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Hawley began his clarinet studies with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn School of Performing Arts at age 9. He made his orchestral solo debut at age 13 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at age 14 performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. While a student of Donald Montanaro at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Hawley appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As a D’Addario performing artist, Mr. Hawley performs exclusively on a reeds and mouthpieces that he helped to develop. He is also an artist for Buffet Crampon and performs on the Tosca model of clarinet.

He has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 2005.

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Eugene Izotov

oboe

ABOUT
Distinction
The David Weiss Faculty Chair in Oboe
Residency
Festival weeks 2-8

Eugene Izotov is one of the leading wind players of his generation. His playing continues to receive wide acclaim for its "luminous beauty” (San Francisco Chronicle), “lyrical gold” (Chicago Tribune), and “fiery Russian temperament” (Boston Globe). Appointed by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2014, Eugene Izotov is the principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony. He previously served as the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony, appointed by Daniel Barenboim, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera, appointed by James Levine, and as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Izotov is the first Russian-born musician in history to hold a principal wind position in any major American symphony orchestra. His numerous awards include top prizes at solo competitions in Saint Petersburg (1991), Moscow (1990), New York (1995), and at the Fernand Gillet International Competition (2001).

Izotov has appeared over 70 times as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and has collaborated with Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Nicholas McGegan, Edo De Waart, Ludovic Morlot, Ton Koopman, and Michael Tilson Thomas performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Marcello, Haydn, Martinu, Vivaldi, Carter, Hummel, Krommer and Bach. Eugene Izotov has recorded for Sony Classical, BMG, Boston Records, Elektra, SFSMedia, CSOResond, and was a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of John Williams on the Oscar-nominated recording for Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln. He has also recently been a guest soloist on NPR’s Live from Here with Chris Thile. A prolific chamber musician, Eugene Izotov has collaborated regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, as well as with Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, André Watts, and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Eugene Izotov teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at The Colburn School. He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, DePaul University, and Pacific Music Festival. He regularly presents master classes at conservatories across the nation and abroad, such as Aspen, Oberlin, New World Symphony, Boston University, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Vanderbilt, University of Michigan, Tanglewood, Verbier, Domaine Forget, and Interlochen. Eugene Izotov has served as an oboe mentor for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra during its residency at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, which included a live internet simulcast to over 30 million of worldwide viewers. In 2019 Eugene Izotov was invited by Valery Gergiev to serve on the first-ever woodwind jury of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Izotov’s former students are enjoying careers in symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Montreal, Kansas City, Buffalo, San Diego, Lexington, Ontario, Atlanta, Osaka, Fort Worth, Jerusalem, and others.

 

Born in Moscow, Russia, Izotov studied at the Gnesin School of Music with Ivan Pushechnikov, Sergey Velikanov, and Alexander Izotov (his father). After immigrating to the United States, he studied at Boston University with Ralph Gomberg.

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Benjamin Kamins

bassoon, alexander technique

ABOUT
Alumni
1968, 1969
Benjamin Kamins
Festival weeks 5-8

Since entering the world of professional music in 1972 as the associate principal bassoonist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Benjamin Kamins has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as an orchestral musician, chamber player, solo performer, and educator. In 1981 he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Houston Symphony, a position he held until 2003.  He is currently the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Bassoon at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  In addition, he has served as a guest principal with other major symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York.

Mr. Kamins’ interests have also taken him into the world of historical performance where he performs on baroque bassoon.  He can be heard playing with many fine period instrument ensembles, especially Ars Lyrica Houston. In addition to his musical activities, Ben Kamins is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International.

An alumnus of the Music Academy ('68, '69), he has been an Academy faculty member since 1999.

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Xiomara Mass

oboe

ABOUT
Residency
Festival week 1

Oboist Xiomara Mass was appointed to the position of Second Oboe of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2020 by Music Director Stéphane Denève. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ms. Mass began her musical training at the age of four and made her solo debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra when she was 13. Two years later Ms. Mass was accepted into the “Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico” where she studied with David Bourns, former Principal Oboe of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and Pedro Díaz, solo English Horn of the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Mass has also worked with such renowned oboists as Elaine Douvas, Hansjörg Schellenberger, and Scott Hostetler.

Xiomara Mass has been invited to participate in many prestigious music festivals, including the John Mack Oboe Camp, “Tercer Festival de Dobles Cañas” in Panama, The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Domaine Forget, St. Barth's Music Festival, The Sunflower Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, and The New Hampshire Music Festival. Ms. Mass was selected to participate in the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra during its residency at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, which included a live Internet simulcast to over 30 million viewers worldwide.

In 2014, Xiomara Mass won The Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship award at the Musicians Club of Women Competition in Chicago. Ms. Mass is also the first prizewinner of the Tuesday Musical State Scholarship Competition in Akron, Ohio, and the first Chamber Music Competition at the “Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico” as a member of her woodwind quintet. Most recently, Ms. Mass was a finalist and winner of the audience choice award in the inaugural Virtual Oboe Competition 2020, an entirely digital contest for oboe players formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Mass was the only oboist representing the United States in the finals of this global competition.

Xiomara Mass is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was a featured soloist with the Civic Orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin. During her years in Chicago Ms. Mass was an active freelancer in the area and often performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Winds as a substitute oboist as well as with many orchestras in the area, among them Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Mass also played as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony and has performed with them as assistant principal.

In addition to working as a performer, Ms. Mass taught as an adjunct professor at the DePaul University School of Music. Currently, she maintains a small private studio.

Xiomara Mass holds a bachelor's degree in Oboe Performance and an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, where she graduated with highest honors under the tutelage of Alex Klein and Robert Walters. After relocating to Chicago, Ms. Mass studied privately with Music Academy faculty artist Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony.

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Dennis Michel

bassoon

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Residency
Festival weeks 1-4

Dennis Michel is second bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and an ensemble artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He also serves as Artist Teacher of Bassoon and serves as Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Prior to establishing his career in Chicago, he served as principal bassoon of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, and was a founding member of the Arioso Wind Quintet, an ensemble that toured widely and recorded for Koch International Classics.

Mr. Michel has been a featured performer with the Da Camera Society of Houston and in the chamber music series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, among others. He has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, The Grand Teton Festival, The Bard College Festival, The San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and for 10 seasons performed with Summerfest LaJolla.  In 1996 Mr. Michel was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for advanced study with Milan Turkovic at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. During that time he also performed with the Vienna State Opera.

Mr. Michel is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a student of Arthur Weisberg. He previously served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University.

He has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 1988.

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Jim Walker

flute

ABOUT
Residency
Festival weeks 1-2

Few flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles. From jazz to pop to classical (orchestra, chamber, and solo) to television and film to the concert hall and his teaching studio, Jim Walker has enjoyed tremendous success.

In 1969 he was named associate principal flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. In 1977 he won the principal flute position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After seven successful seasons of performing, recording, and touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic — during which time the New York Philharmonic briefly borrowed him as principal flute for its 1982 South American tour — he left the orchestra to focus on jazz, studio recording, and teaching.

In 1980 he organized his jazz quartet Free Flight, playing jazz-classical fusion (including four appearances on The Tonight Show and 16 recordings). In the 1990s he was a first-call studio flutist prized for his bold, expressive playing; he can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks. Along the way he collaborated with everyone from John Williams and Paul McCartney to Leonard Bernstein, James Galway, and the LA Guitar Quartet.

Mr. Walker is professor of flute, chamber music, and music technology at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and professor of practice/coordinator of flute studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was awarded with the Mellon Mentoring Award. His summer masterclass, "Beyond the Masterclass," is now in its seventh year

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Flute

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Alejandro Lombo

flute

ABOUT
Pronouns
he/him
Fellow
2019, 2023
Age
25
Birthplace
Miramar, Florida
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore; Susan and Peter Tortorici
Scholarship Donor
Sima Mannick Endowed Scholarship in Flute / Jill Brandin and Durian Pingree Scholarship in Flute
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Alejandro graduated with his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jeffrey Khaner;
  • He was named winner of the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition in 2023;
  • He was the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition in 2019.

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Jarrett May

Flute

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Fort Worth, Texas
Current School
Yale School of Music
Compeers
Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore; Susan and Peter Tortorici
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Flute, anonymous donor

Jarret is currently earning his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ransom Wilson. He is an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Jarrett has also competed in Eastman’s Annual Tal Perkes Young Artist Competition, where he took home first prize in 2022.

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Arin Sarkissian

flute

ABOUT
Fellow
2020, 2021, 2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Position
Victoria Symphony
Compeers
Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore; Susan and Peter Tortorici
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Flute, anonymous donor

Arin is a returning Music Academy alum who currently serves as Principal Flutist of the Victoria Symphony. In 2022, the Toronto-born artist made guest appearances at Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s La Virée Classique, as the recipient of 1st Prize and Stingray Audience Choice at the 2020 OSM Competition. Recent orchestral appearances include concerts as Guest Principal Flute with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and substitute invitations with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony. Most recently, Arin was awarded the 2022 Michael Measures 2nd Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts. That same year, Arin was also named a Yamaha Young Artist Performance Competition Winner and won 1st Place at the Nancy Clew Eller, Music Teachers National Association, San Diego Flute Guild, and Naftzger Young Artist competitions. Although new to the professional sphere, he has performed under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Jamie Martín, Larry Rachleff, James Conlon, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Sir Andrew Davis, Christian Kluxen, Tania Miller, and Otto Tausk, alongside others.

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Tessa Vermeulen

Flute

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois
Current School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore; Susan and Peter Tortorici
Scholarship Donor
Dick and Ann Zylstra Scholarship in Flute in Memory of Dr. Meta Schraagen

Tessa is earning her master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert Langevin. She was awarded first place in the 2022 Kansas Flute Society Collegiate Competition, as well as the 2019 South Carolina Flute Society Collegiate Competition. She is a member of the Essengi Wind Quintet.

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Oboe

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Haley Hoffman

oboe

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
26
Birthplace
Fort Worth, Texas
School
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Haley is earning an Advanced Certificate at San Francisco Conservatory, and received her master’s degree at Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). At CIM, Haley served as Principal Oboe under the batons of Harry Davidson and JoAnn Falletta. She was named a finalist in the 2019 Moores School of Music Concerto Competition.

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Kara Poling

Oboe fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Area of Study
Oboe
Age
21
Birthplace
Towson, Maryland
YouTube Handle
@karapoling2912
Compeer
Bobby Tahouri
Scholarship Donor
William H. Kearns Foundation Scholarship in Oboe

Kara is currently earning her bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Elaine Douvas. She was named the winner of the 2022 International Double Reed Society Norma Hooks Young Artists International Competition. Kara is also a member of the Amity Winds Quintet.

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Eder Rivera

Oboe fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Oboe
Age
27
Birthplace
San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras
Current School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeers
Pam and John Johnston
Scholarship Donor
David Weiss Memorial Scholarship in Oboe
Compeers
Pam and John Johnston
Scholarship Donor
David Weiss Memorial Scholarship in Oboe

Eder is currently earning his artist diploma from The Colburn School, studying with Eugene Izotov. He has competed in the Yamaha Young Performing Artist where he was named the oboe winner in 2018. He also received a bronze medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2022.

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Evan Yonce

Oboe fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Oboe
Age
20
Birthplace
Missoula, Montana
Compeers
Bobby Tahouri
Scholarship Donors
Menk Family Trust Endowed Scholarship in Oboe

Evan is currently earning his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Nathan Hughes. Previously, he has attended the Berlin Opera Academy, Domaine Forget, and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. Evan is also a recipient of the Juilliard Kovner Fellowship.

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Clarinet

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Besnik Abrashi

Clarinet fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Clarinet
Age
23
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois
Compeers
Pat Yzurdiaga, Robin Rickershauser, and Ann Edmonston
Scholarship Donors
Emily Bernstein Memorial Scholarship in Clarinet

Besnik is currently earning his master’s degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Yehuda Gilad. He won first prize in the 2019 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, and honorable mention for 2022 Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competition. Besnik is a substitute musician for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Downey Symphony Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony.

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Max Arakaki

Clarinet fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Clarinet
Age
24
Birthplace
Kailua, Hawaii
YouTube Handle
https://www.youtube.com/@maxarakaki8943/featured
Compeers
Laurence Fechter and Thomas Stansbury; Myra and Spencer Nadler
Scholarship Donor
Jean Ogle Scholarship in Clarinet

Max earned his master’s degree from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Richie Hawley. Recently, he received honorable mention in the Shepherd School of Music 2022 Concerto Competition. Max has performed as principal clarinet with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.

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Juliyan Martinez

Clarinet fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Clarinet
Age
20
Birthplace
Tampa, Florida
Current School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Laurence Fechter and Thomas Stansbury; Myra and Spencer Nadler
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Clarinet, anonymous donor

Juliyan is currently earning his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Jon Manasse. He has performed with the Westcheter Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, and New World Symphony as a substitute musician. In addition, Juliyan received honorable mention at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. He is a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard.

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Triniti Rives

Clarinet fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Area of Study
Clarinet
Age
22
Birthplace
Smyrna, Georgia
Current School
University of Michigan
Facebook Handle
Triniti Rives
Compeers
Pat Yzurdiaga, Robin Rickershauser, and Ann Edmonston
Scholarship Donor
Lorna Hedges Scholarship in Clarinet

Triniti recently earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, studying with Daniel Gilbert. She was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and received honorable mention in the 2022 Briggs Chamber Music Competition. Triniti is a member of the Novus Reed Quintet.

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Bassoon

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Sarah Bobrow

bassoon

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
New Hartford, New York
Current School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Lois Phillips
Scholarship Donor
Jeanne C. Thayer Endowed Scholarship in Bassoon
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Sarah earned a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Kim Laskowski;
  • She was a finalist in the 2021 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition;
  • She has performed with the New York Philharmonic and as principal with the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under David Robertson.

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Xavion Patterson

bassoon

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Smyrna, Tennessee
School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeers
Edith Clark; Sima Morrison
Scholarship Donor
Colburn Foundation Scholarship in Bassoon

Xavion is currently earning his bachelor’s degree at Colburn Conservatory where he studies with Richard Beene. He is a returning Academy fellow, having previously attended in 2022.

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Samuel Watson

bassoon

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Irving, Texas
Position
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Compeers
Edith Clark; Sima Morrison
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Bassoon, anonymous donor

Sam will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2023 as contrabassoonist. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he held similar positions with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. His principal teachers were Barrick Stees and Jonathan Sherwin.

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Kahlan Yenney

bassoon

ABOUT
Pronouns
she/her
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Ashburn, Virginia
School
Curtis Institute of Music
Compeer
Suzan Garner
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Bassoon, anonymous donor

Kahlan is earning her bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Daniel Matsukawa. Kahlan was a semi-finalist in the 2023 Meg Quigley Competition and has appeared with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C.

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