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Salon Series March 22 concert to feature Atlantic Reed Consort

ISSUED: 5 March 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The final Shepherd University Department of Music Salon Series concert of the season, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, will take place Thursday, March 22, when the Atlantic Reed Consort performs at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center’s W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

Atlantic Reed Consort is a quintet made up of Jeremy Koch on saxophone, Emily Snyder on oboe, Brooke Emery on clarinet, Eddie Sanders on bassoon, and John Romano on bass clarinet. The group will perform contemporary literature for the reed quintet, exploring 20th- and 21st-century composers like Philip Glass, Ned McGowan, Jessie Montgomery, John Elmquist, and a new work by former Shepherd faculty member Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis.

Koch, a Shepherd adjunct music professor, has been a featured concert soloist on national tours and has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool and the Gang. Koch also performs with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate, and Great Noise Ensemble.

Snyder was the principal oboist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and toured with the orchestra in Brazil. In 2008, Snyder was the concerto competition winner with the Newark Symphony and Kennett Symphony orchestras. She has participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Texas Music Festival, and Banff Music Festival, and has performed in the National Repertory Orchestra.

Emery was a winner of the 1999 CMU Concerto Competition and a soloist at the 2000 Contemporary Clarinet Conference at Bowling Green State University. She has also played frequently with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra and the Midland Symphony 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 been featured as a bassoon and contrabassoon soloist on national tours.

Romano was 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 area groups including the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, and California Wind Orchestra. Since moving to the Washington, D.C., area, Romano has been a featured soloist with the Air Force Band and North Bay Symphony. He has also performed at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and FAME Music Festival in Lawrence, New Jersey.

Salon Series concerts are all free and open to the public. For more information about the concert series or other music department events, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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