Blair Woodwind Quintet
Molly Barth, flute; Jared Hauser, oboe; Bil Jackson, clarinet; Leslie Norton, horn; Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Described as "refreshing, alive, and filled with the joy of making music," the Blair Woodwind Quintet, resident ensemble at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, was founded in 1971. Known for its extensive repertoire, the quintet has performed throughout the United States, released two recordings, and been broadcast on both radio and television. The Blair Woodwind Quintet was also recently featured as guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonie.
The quintet premiered Peter Schickele’s A Year in the Catskills in 2009 and subsequently recorded the work on a critically acclaimed disc released by Naxos. In addition, the Blair Woodwind Quintet has premiered compositions by Augusta Read Thomas, David Sartor, Daniel Baldwin, Tom Benjamin, John Elmquist, Eloy Fominaya, Irving Kane, Michael Kurek, Sterling Lanier, Joe Laird, John Marvin, Jonathan Saunders, Gay Spears, and Dan Welcher.
The quintet’s upcoming events include a recital at University of Memphis and a Naxos recording project featuring four seminal works of the wind quintet repertoire.Blair Woodwind Quintet members are: Molly Barth, flute; Jared Hauser, oboe; Bil Jackson, clarinet; Leslie Norton, horn; and Peter Kolkay, bassoon