Wind Fest with Milwaukee Symphony Guests
Come join UW-Madison faculty members and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra guest artists for our first Wind Fest on March 9. Beginning at 1:30 PM, the afternoon will include master classes in flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon with MSO guests, followed by instrumental choir readings and chamber music master classes with members of the Wingra Wind Quintet, UW’s faculty quintet. There will also be time to visit with vendors and exhibitors before the day culminates in an 8:00 PM concert in Mills Concert Hall, featuring MSO guest artists, UW wind faculty, and the UW Wind Ensemble.
Heather Zinninger Yarmel, Assistant Principal Flute, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Katherine Young Steele, Principal Oboe, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
William Helmers, Clarinet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Catherine Chen, Principal Bassoon, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
With Timothy Hagen, UW-Madison Flute Faculty; Andreas Oeste, UW-Madison Oboe Faculty; Alicia Lee, UW-Madison Clarinet Faculty; Marc Vallon, UW-Madison Bassoon Faculty; Joanna Schultz, Horn, Wingra Wind Quintet; Daniel Fung, UW-Madison Piano Faculty.
Master classes in flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon: March 9, 1:30-3:00 PM.
Flute choir, clarinet choir, double reed choir readings: March 9, 3:00-4:00 PM
Chamber music master class: 4:00-5:30 PM.
Please check signs for specific rooms. All classes will take place in Morphy Hall and rooms 1321, 1341, and 1351.
8:00 PM, Mills Hall. David Gillingham’s rarely performed Concerto for Wind Quintet and Wind Ensemble.
As a postscript, Wingra will present their Faculty Concert Series recital on March 10 at 2:00 PM in Morphy Hall.
We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.
Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Assistant Principal Flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as Acting Assistant Principal Flute for the 2016-17 season. Before coming to Milwaukee, she performed for five seasons as Principal Flute of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. She was featured as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions, most recently performing Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto in April 2017.
Heather has performed as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition where she was awarded first prize.
A devoted educator, Heather strives to bring the joy and discipline of making music to her community. In Milwaukee, she performs with the MSO Colors of Music Ensemble in 2nd Grade classrooms as part of the Arts in Community Education (ACE) program and also maintains a private teaching studio. While in New Orleans, she was Artist Teacher of Woodwinds at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Xavier University of Louisiana. She also co-founded and directed NOLA Chamber Fest, an annual chamber music competition that serves teens through adults in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. She has served as performer, presenter, or adjudicator at events for young flutists with the National Flute Association, the Louisiana Flute Society, and the Rochester Flute Association.
Heather earned a Master’s Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree with highest distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. During her summers, she has performed at Lakes Area Music Festival, Midsummer’s Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. She grew up in Louisville, KY and spent her senior year of high school studying at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers include Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Tallon Perkes, and Donald Gottlieb.
Katherine Young Steele is the principal oboe of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2012. Of her recent performances of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with Music Director Edo de Waart, Steele was praised for her “engrossing performance…with a ringing, beautifully centered sound and elegant interpretive direction.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 2/15)
Steele was principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra from 2007-2012, where she appeared as soloist and collaborated on the orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with musicians in Havana, Cuba. She has also served as guest principal oboe in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. From 2003 to 2007, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, and toured with the orchestra to the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome and twice to Carnegie Hall. Since 2008, Ms. Steele has been co-principal oboe of the Eastern Music Festival. She frequently appears on the Milwaukee chamber music series Frankly Music and Chamber Music Milwaukee. She has also performed in the music festivals of Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Banff, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, and with the National Repertory Orchestra.
Ms. Steele currently serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has previously taught at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Steele holds a Bachelor of Music degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Robert Atherholt, and Donna Conaty.
William Helmers joined the Milwaukee Symphony in 1980. He has also been a member of the contemporary ensemble Present Music since the group’s inception. He has worked with many other orchestras, including Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cleveland, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Opera and Rochester. Mr. Helmers is active in commissioning, performance and recording of new music; he gave the North American premiere of John Adams’ clarinet concerto, Gnarly Buttons, with the composer conducting, and the world premiere of James Grant’s Concerto for Bass Clarinet. Mr. Helmers has made numerous premiere recordings of solo and chamber music, including compositions by Roberto Sierra, James Grant, Kamran Ince, Jerome Kitzke, and others.
Holding degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, Mr. Helmers’ primary teachers were Stanley Hasty and Joseph Allard. Other influential teachers included Anthony Gigliotti, Ronald Reuben, Harold Wright and Mitchell Lurie.
Mr. Helmers performs chamber music throughout the year in many different settings. He is a founding member of Musaik, a consortium of Milwaukee musicians, and in summers he attends the Washington Island Music Festival. He has been a member of the Portland-based Westwood Wind Quintet, participating in many of their recordings for Crystal Records. Recently, he has enjoyed regular engagements with the Little Lake Stompers, a traditional jazz group.
Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “assured and startlingly lyrical,” Catherine Chen joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoon in 2017. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved with her family to the United States at age six and began studying the bassoon at age fourteen. She started her musical education under the tutelage of Joyce Kelley, and went on to be a student in the Pre-College division of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Marc Goldberg. Catherine later received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Daniel Matsukawa. Prior to her appointment with the MSO, she was the associate principal bassoonist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, principal bassoonist with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Catherine has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Orchestra, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She was winner of the 2012 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition and a prizewinner at the 2014 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.
During her summers, Catherine has served on faculty at Curtis Summerfest teaching the Young Artist Summer Program. She has also participated at Marlboro Music School and Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music from Angel Fire Festival by invitation of violinist Ida Kavafian, Music Academy of the West, Castleton Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Britt Music & Arts Festival Orchestra and Lakes Area Music Festival to name a few.