Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet

Apr 22 1:00 PM


Holsclaw Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004



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(520) 621-1655

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The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, the flagship student chamber music ensemble at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, will present a free-admission concert on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall.

The 2015-2017 Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet are graduate students Miranda DeBretto, flute; Amy Shea, oboe; Chase Miller, clarinet; Philip Hill, bassoon and Jason Pfiester, horn.

Created in 2007 as the Arizona Graduate Winds, the ensemble is now endowed and was re-named the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet in recognition and appreciation of Fred Fox's contributions as an extraordinary master teacher. Members of the quintet are chosen by competitive auditions and have received their undergraduate degrees from institutions across the country. They are mentored by members of the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble.

While in residence at the University of Arizona, members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet pursue their careers as an ensemble and as individuals. The students are pursuing master’s degrees in their individual instruments at the University of Arizona and bring their rich and diverse backgrounds of educational and professional experiences to our program.

Past students in the program have achieved success in a variety of forums including numerous campus appearances, a concert tour in China, a recital in Alamos, Mexico, as part of the prestigious Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Music Festival, as guest artists of the Bisbee Women’s Club at their For the Love of Music series, and at the Arizona Senior Academy. Further achievements include appearances in Pasadena as finalists in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and in Atlanta as finalists in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition. In addition, the ensemble has been heard on Arizona Public Media radio broadcasts.


Anton Reicha 
Wind Quintet in E-flat Op. 88, No. 2

John Harbison 
Quintet for Winds

Francis Poulenc 
Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano
with Yi-Qing Tang, piano


About the Artists

Raised in Negaunee, Michigan, MIRANDA DEBRETTO began playing the flute at the age of eleven. Miranda graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University where she studied with Kimberly Risinger. Her degrees were in music education and flute performance. Currently the principal flutist of the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Miranda also served as principal flutist and piccoloist in multiple ensembles throughout her tenure at Illinois State University. One of the recordings she played on with the Illinois State Wind Symphony won the 2015 American Prize in Wind Ensemble Performance. Miranda is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arizona, where she studies with Brian Luce. Awarded the flutist position in the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, the University of Arizona’s premier student chamber ensemble, she is also the graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio and teaches privately.

AMY SHEA is a first-year master’s degree student at the University of Arizona. She received her bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, her hometown. During her studies there, she won the woodwind division of the university’s Concerto Competition performing the Strauss oboe concerto, played second oboe for the Sinfonia da Camera Orchestra, and substituted for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. This semester, she won the President’s Concerto Competition and will be performing the third movement of the Martinu oboe concerto with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra in February. She performed this piece among others at the Music Teacher’s National Association State Competition in Phoenix in November and received third place and honorable mention. Amy is preparing for several orchestral auditions this semester in hopes of playing in an orchestra professionally, and is thankful for the camaraderie and the learning experience of playing great chamber music in her first semester here. 

CHASE MILLER earned his bachelor’s in clarinet performance from the University of Kentucky under the instruction of Scott Wright. He received the School of Music’s McCracken award for exceptional achievement in music performance and was the winner of the concerto competition. While attending the University of Kentucky, Miller served as principal clarinetist and E-flat clarinetist in numerous ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, and The Kentucky Intercollegiate Band. He has been a dedicated chamber musician and a private clarinet instructor since high school. With a strong passion for music outreach and teaching, he organized and maintained a private clarinet studio of twenty-eight students during his time in Kentucky. Miller has participated in summer chamber music festivals such as Fresh Inc. and BayView. In addition, he has had the privilege of being a participant of the 2014 National Woodwind Competition of Arts and Letters. He has performed for renowned clarinetist such as Alan Kay, Jeremy Reynolds, Cecilia Kang, Robert Turizziani and Alexander Fiterstein. Miller is now pursuing a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Professor Jackie Glazier and is a current member of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, as well as the Arizona 
Symphony Orchestra.

PHILIP HILL is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in performance at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. William Dietz. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at East Carolina University and studied bassoon with Christopher Ulffers. During his time at East Carolina University, he served as principal bassoon of the ECU Symphony Orchestra. He also performed at times as principal bassoon of the East Carolina University Wind Ensemble and Opera, the latter known for performing a wide variety of works – from Mozart to 21st century premieres. As part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative, formerly known as New Music @ ECU, Hill participated in many premieres, recordings, and new music projects. Most notable is his performance in the world premiere and recording of Travis Alford’s “Loose Strands” for chamber wind ensemble. In addition to teaching beginning bassoon in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, and touring with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, he has also made an appearance with select members of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Hill is currently a member of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, as well as a member of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Saguaro Bassoon Quartet. After completing his master’s degree at the Fred Fox School of Music, he aspires to earn a position in a professional orchestra.

JASON PFIESTER is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in horn performance under the instruction of Daniel Katzen at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Raised in Indiana, he graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in music performance and philosophy. While at the University of New Hampshire, Pfiester studied under Kendall Betts, former principal hornist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Brass Choir and the Indiana Wind Symphony. He has many years of chamber music training, including six years at the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Indianapolis, four years in an undergraduate woodwind quintet and numerous small ensemble configurations. Other notable teachers he studied under include Kent Leslie, Darin Sorley and Jerry Montgomery. Pfiester is a current member of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet as well as the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and is a regular substitute in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.