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2015-16 Season Artists

Deborah Boldin, flute
Robyn Bollinger, violin
Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Vivian Chang-Freiheit, piano
Gloria Chien, piano
Vivian Choi, piano
Nancy Dimock, oboe
Eli Epstein, French horn
Gary Gorczyca, clarinet
Joshua Gordon, cello
Susan Hagen, double bass
Whitacre Hill, French horn
Mark Holloway, viola
Balint Karosi, harpsichord
Karen Kim, violin
Eunae Koh, violin
Tessa Lark, violin
Jessica Lee, violin
Kristin Lee, violin
Mary Mackenzie, soprano
William Manley, percussion
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Kelli O'Connor, clarinet
Margaret Phillips, bassoon
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Rhonda Rider, cello
Sergey Schepkin, piano
Elizabeth Schumann, piano
Grace Shryock, oboe
Jennifer Slowik, oboe
Aaron Trant, percussion
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Randall Zigler, double bass

Gabriel Langfur,
managing director

Hans Spencer,
education program

 
 
more about Kelli

Kelli O'Connor

clarinet

Clarinetist Kelli O’Connor enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, educator and chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Radiance Woodwind Quintet, Ms. O’Connor is principal clarinet of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Connecticut Orchestra, and appears frequently with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and as acting principal clarinet of the New Haven Symphony.  She served previously as principal clarinet with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Salt Marsh Opera, and was clarinet soloist on the 2004-2005 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. As a member of the United States Coast Guard Band she had the honor of performing at the Inauguration of President Clinton and with such eminent soloists as Placido Domingo, Martha Reeves and Lorrie Morgan.

Ms. O’Connor has been featured on numerous occasions as a soloist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Her performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in 2012 earned her praise in the New London Day as “the star of the evening…playing with the rich timbre and unhurried phrasing that are her trademarks.” Following a 2000 performance of Weber’s first Clarinet Concerto, the Day described her as “an individualistic player with plenty of head and heart...gorgeous tone and liquid line.” She performed the rarely-heard Clarinet Concerto of Charles Stanford at Summer Music at Harkness, and was also featured as a soloist with the United States Coast Guard Band. In April 2016 she is scheduled to perform the West Coast premiere of Oscar Navarro’s “Il Concerto” with the Downey Symphony (CA).

In addition to her performing career, Ms. O’Connor is an active and enthusiastic educator. She serves on the faculties of the University of Rhode Island and the Calvary School of Music, and on the faculty roster for the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy. She has presented masterclasses at Baldwin-Wallace College, Northeastern University, and Salem State College, and is the founder and director of the Waterford High School Clarinet Choir, which has won many distinctions and been featured on numerous occasions as an honor ensemble at the Connecticut All-State Music Educator’s Convention.

A native of Newburgh, New York, Ms. O’Connor received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory, and was a scholarship recipient and concerto competition winner at both schools. She served as principal clarinet with the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under conductor Jahja Ling, and had the opportunity to work with Leonard Slatkin and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Her principal teachers were Dave Newton, Dr. Alan P. Squire, Tom Martin, and Yehuda
Gilad.

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