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Salon Series continues October 8 with Atlantic Reed Consort

ISSUED: 25 September 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Music presents the Atlantic Reed Consort on Thursday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. This is the third concert of the 2015-2016 Music Salon Series sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank. The performance is free and open to the public.

A quintet comprised of all reed instruments, the Atlantic Reed Consort embraces the experimental, as well as adding a new twist to the likes of Bach, Vivaldi, Debussy, Bartok, and even Frank Zappa. The group features Jeremy Koch on saxophone, Emily Snyder on oboe, Brooke Emery on clarinet, John Romano on bass clarinet, and Eddie Sanders on bassoon. All five are members of the Concert Band, the United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Koch, adjunct music professor at Shepherd, is an alto saxophonist with the Air Force Band and has been a featured concert soloist on national tours. Koch has performed with Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool & the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, Koch performs with the Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, and Great Noise Ensemble. He has premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium, and the American Composers Forum. He has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago.

Emily Snyder was the principal oboist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra from 2007 to 2009 and toured with the orchestra in Brazil. In 2008, Snyder was the concerto competition winner with the Newark Symphony and Kennett Symphony orchestras and performed Marcello’s Oboe Concerto with both orchestras. She has participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Texas Music Festival, the Banff Music Festival, and has performed in the National Repertory Orchestra.

Brooke Emery was the winner of the 1999 Central Michigan University Concerto Competition and a soloist at the 2000 Contemporary Clarinet Conference at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has played frequently with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. She has appeared with Doc Severinson, Richard Stoltzman, and the late Fred Mills.

John Romano has been a clarinetist and saxophonist with the Air Force Band of the Golden West near San Francisco from 1993-2000. During that time he performed in many Bay Area groups including the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, and California Wind Orchestra. Romano has performed at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and FAME Music Festival in Lawrence, New Jersey. Additionally, he has given recitals, clinics, and master classes in schools and universities across the country.

Eddie Sanders is the bassoonist in the Air Force Woodwind Quintet and in the Air Force Orchestra. Sanders performs regularly in the Washington, D.C., area and frequently gives master classes throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. He has on many occasions been featured as a bassoon and contrabassoon soloist with the Air Force Band.

For more information about the Shepherd Salon Series or other music department events, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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