North Winds is comprised of five of New England's best professional wind instrumentalists. Passionate about education as well as performance, this exciting quintet introduces students to an important family of orchestral instruments and demonstrates the ability of insturmental music to create characters and tell stories.
Jacqueline DeVoe, flutist, is an active freelancer in the New England area and performs regularly with the Cantata Singers, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Masterworks Chorale, Boston Ballet and many other ensembles. In addition to her degrees in Boston at New England Conservatory, she was a two time recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund grant and the Austrian Government’s Stipend for Foreigners, and completed a diploma at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. A Tanglewood Fellow, Ms. DeVoe is the former principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, has performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has been presented in solo and chamber music concerts in Europe, Mexico and the US. In addition to her private flute studio, she is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Extension Division.
Andrea Bonsignore, oboist, is a graduate of Oberlin College and New England Conservatory of Music. She was a fellow at Tanglewood and Yale Summer Music Program. Ms. Bonsignore has been principal oboist of the Alabama Symphony and Hartford Symphony as well as the North Carolina Opera Company and the Opera Company of Boston. Currently, she freelances throughout New England and has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music and touring Broadway musicals. Faculty positions have included Brown University and Mount Holyoke College and she coordinates and presents Monadnock Music’s outreach program “Lend An Ear” in schools throughout the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire.
Margo McGowan, clarinetist, performs regularly with National Lyric Opera Company and the New England Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with Boston Lyric Opera Company, BAM/Opera Boston, Opera New England, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and as a guest artist at the Newport Music Festival. She is a founding member of the North Winds quintet and also performs with the Northeast Quintet based in Rhode Island. Ms. McGowan has performed and recorded with the Kalman Opperman clarinet choir for the Sony/BMG label. She is a faculty member at the Longy School of Music, Phillips Academy/Andover, Brandeis University, and Eastern Nazarene College.
Gregory Newton, bassoonist, is one of New England’s most active musicians, having performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has performed as principal bassoon with the Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Musica Viva, New Hampshire Symphony, Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Granite State Symphony, Nashua Symphony, the Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has also performed with the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony. In addition to his orchestral duties, Mr. Newton maintains an active chamber music schedule as founding member of the North Winds quintet, the Prometheus Ensemble and the Ensemble Capolavoro. Mr. Newton has been featured soloist with the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, the Granite State Symphony, the Nashua Symphony, and can be heard on the A&M, Gasparo, North Eastern, Pickwick Masterworks and New World labels. Mr. Newton is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Sherman Walt, former principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Whitacre Hill, horn, began his studies of the instrument at the age of nine with Prowell Seitzinger in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. From Hummelstown Mr. Hill moved on to study at the Eastman School of Music Rochester, New York, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and Northwestern University in Chicago. A list of his most influential teachers would include Verne Reynolds, Eli Epstein, Randy Gardner, James Decker, and Dale Clevenger. Whitacre is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and freelances throughout New England.
Thank you for arranging the fabulous production of Peter and the Wolf by the North Winds Ensemble to be performed at our library. What’s great was they were able to work in every character of the story – Peter, the grandfather, the cat, the wolf, the duck and the bird. Everybody loved the show and were so enthralled by the instrumentation, they may have been inspired to play music themselves one day. Thanks again for livening up our entire Vacation Week with another great Young Audiences program.
I felt it very necessary and pertinent to send along another very heartfelt THANK YOU for your residency and concert this past week! It meant the world to our students and I know it is an experience that will stick with them! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for ALL you folks do each and every day for music education! I look forward to working with you again in the future!