North Winds

An introduction to the woodwind family of orchestral instruments including instrument demonstrations and storytelling though classical music for school assemblies in Massachusetts.

Meet the Woodwind Family

North Winds performs woodwinds classical music instrument demonstrations for school assembliesFlute, Oboe and Bassoon voices are famously colorful and create a lively mix of sounds, songs and sights for the enrichment of very young students. Melodies, rhythms, movement and demonstrations are combined in this 30-minute program that introduces PreK – 1st graders to the woodwind family of instruments. Experienced performers and educators, North Winds musicians guide students through an exploration of range, tempo, pattern recognition, storyline, and other key ingredients that go into performing live music by composers of every sort. Three more instruments are added to surprise and delight: Piccolo, English horn and Accordion.

Target Grades: Pre-K – 1
Audience Limit:
Duration: 30 minutes

North Winds performs woodwinds classical music instrument demonstrations for school assembliesWind Works

Five of New England’s top woodwind professionals introduce students to woodwind instruments and musical concepts of composition such as melody, accompaniment, and style. Additionally, students hear a diverse selection of music from several countries and historical periods. Audience volunteers perform with the quintet in a rousing rendition of “Ragtime Dance” by the legendary Scott Joplin.

Target Grades: K-8
Audience Limit: 200
Duration: 45-60 minutes

Peter and the Wolf

North Winds performs woodwinds classical music instrument demonstrations for school assembliesNorth Winds brings the classic tale and musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev to life. In a fun-filled performance, they highlight the use of character portrayal through the distinct voices of oboe, clarinet, flute and bassoon.

Target Grades: K-8
Audience Limit: 200
Duration: 45-60 minutes

Post-Performance Workshop and
Master Class for Band Sectionals

North Winds performs woodwinds classical music instrument demonstrations for school assembliesTreat the entire school to North Winds’ Wind Works lecture performance. Then follow up with your choice of tailored master classes for individual instruments (including saxophone) or band sectionals. Instruction will focus on rhythm, breathing and phrasing, intonation, and practice routines.

Duration: 45-60 minutes
Participants: 25 students

PRICING (performance/day)
Meet the Woodwinds: Double: $520  Triple: $683
Wind Works & Peter and the Wolf: Single: $781 Double: $1,250 Triple: $1,641
Master Class with one artist: $125/class
Travel fee: $75

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Performance Requirements: Meet The Woodwind Family
Performance Requirements: Wind Works


Educational Materials: North Winds K-5
Educational Materials: North Winds 6-8

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.


“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!”Music teacher, Samuel Douglas Academy, Brookline, NH

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