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2017 Woodwind Weekend


Saxophone Day ~ Double Reed Rally ~ Clarinet Day ~ Flute Fest


Woodwind Players Unite. The Community Music School in conjunction with The University of Arkansas Music Department is proud to announce Woodwind Weekend!  Woodwind players in grades 7 through 12 are invited to attend this special event. Participants will have the opportunity to attend masterclasses focused on technique, tone, musicianship, audition preparation and other vital musical skills. Additionally, participants will take part in various expanded ensembles and perform a final concert for friends and family at the end of the workshop. Woodwind Weekend will encourage its participants to develop their musicality and build confidence through coaching sessions with the University of Arkansas woodwind faculty.

Participants are also eligible for drawings which include summer music camp scholarships, private lessons with expert faculty, and products from our vendor-sponsors. We can’t wait to see you there!

Eligibility Woodwind players in grades 7-12
Dates: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: U of A Fine Arts Building, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall (SBSCH)

Click here for maps and directions.

Fee: $40 includes instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch
Registration:  Click here to register online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards accepted.
Register by: September 11, 2017
Cancellation/Refunds: Refunds are not available; however, substitutions are welcome at any time.
For More Information: Rachael Small, Operations Coordinator – 479-575-6491 – music4u@uark.edu


8:30 – 9:00am                     Check-in (SBSCH Lobby)

9:00 – 9:30am                     Opening Concert/Meet & Greet

9:45 – 10:35am                   Breakout Session #1

10:45 – 11:35am                 Breakout Session #2

11:35am – 12:30pm            Lunch

12:30 – 1:20pm                   Breakout Session #3

1:30 – 2:20pm                     Breakout Session #4

2:20 – 3:00pm                     Rehearsals (SBSCH) / Vendors Available

3:00 – 4:00 P.M.                 Closing Concert & Prize Drawings (SBSCH)       Parents and families are welcome!



Ronda Mains, Professor of Flute, Music Department Chair

Ronda Mains is professor of flute/music education and chair of the department of music. She is principal flutist of the North Arkansas Symphony and performer with the Lyrique Quintette, Cholthichanta/Mains Duo and Zephyr Trio. Dr. Mains has appeared as a soloist with the North Arkansas Symphony, University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, Oregon Winds, Boise Summer Symphony, the Treasure Valley Wind Ensemble, and the Boise State University Symphony and Wind Ensemble. She has performed solo and chamber music nationally and abroad; in 1998, she performed at the National Flute Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Mains has been actively involved in commissioning and recording new works with her chamber groups. She can be heard with Novaria on a CD featuring new music for flute and guitar and with the Lyrique Quintette on a CD entitled Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. As a member of the quintet, she has been involved in editing transcriptions for quintets. Dr. Mains is the author of several articles.

In 2001 she was a recipient of the Arkansas Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching; in 2000 her teaching was recognized by a Fulbright College Master Teacher Award. She has been a member of the University Teaching Academy since 2002.

In 1997-1998 Dr. Mains spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College at Cambridge University, England where she pursued a research interest in performance practices of the Baroque era and studied modern flute in London. She is currently pursuing an interest in the performance techniques of ethnic flutes. Other research interests include learning theory and memory.

Dr. Theresa Delaplain, Professor of Oboe
Theresa Delaplain has taught oboe at the University of Arkansas since 1990, in addition to teaching music theory, coaching chamber music, and performing in the University’s resident faculty ensemble, The Lyrique Quintette. She also also manager of the Lyrique Quintette, performs as oboist with the Boston Mountain Chamber Players and Spectrum Trio, and is a founding member of the Northwest Arkansas Chamber Music Society. Dr. Delaplain is Music Director and founder of the annual Sequoyah Music Festival (formerly the Boston Mountain Woodwind and Horn Seminar), which is a one-week intensive summer chamber music festival. Dr. Delaplain is the author of a reedmaking book for beginning and intermediate reedmakers entitled My Kingdom for a Reed! As a performer, Dr. Delaplain performs and/or tours regularly as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.

Since coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Delaplain has developed the oboe studio to one of the finest in the region, offering regular master classes, reedmaking classes, performance opportunities, and chamber music coaching.

Dr. Lia Uribe, Professor of Bassoon

Lia Uribe, Moosmann artist, is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arkansas and Principal Bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. Her international work includes venues and festivals in Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, and multiple venues in the United States. Dr. Uribe performs on regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas, and the Diamante Trio, a clarinet, bassoon and piano chamber ensemble.

Originally from Cali, Colombia, Lia Uribe earned a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá as a student of Mr. Sigfried Miklin. While in Colombia, she played with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia, Orquesta de la Opera de Colombia, and Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle, and also taught bassoon at the Javeriana University. After graduation, Dr. Uribe attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, for a fall and winter residency. Lia Uribe earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Ramey, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kansas with Dr. Eric Stomberg.

An advocate of new music, Dr. Uribe has premiered and commissioned new works for the bassoon, including pieces by Jorge Humberto Pinzon, Johann Hasler, Robert Mueller, Joe Alexander, Miho Sasaki, Bill Douglas, John Steinmetz and Miguel del Aguila.

Eric Troiano, Professor of Saxophone

Eric Troiano joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016. He maintains an active teaching and performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a guest artist at numerous places including Ithaca College, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and many other high schools around Michigan and New York. As a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet, he performs regularly across the country. The Viridian Quartet has won top prizes in North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

An advocate for new music, Eric Troiano has premiered and commissioned many new pieces for the saxophone and saxophone quartet, including pieces by composers Andrew Francis, Peter Golub, Justin Rito, Curtis Smith, among others. As an accomplished baritone saxophonist, Troiano has pioneered many solo and chamber works for the instrument. He is in the process of creating a pedagogical method for the baritone saxophone that utilizes the work of J.S. Bach to teach techniques of playing the instrument.

A native of Connecticut, Troiano received a bachelor of music in music education and saxophone performance from Ithaca College, a master of music in saxophone performance from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in saxophone performance from Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff and Steven Mauk.

Nophachai Cholthitchanta, Professor of Clarinet

A native of Thailand, Nophachai Cholthitchanta joined the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2001, a member of The Lyrique Quintet, the Boston Mountain Chamber Players, and principal clarinetist of the North Arkansas Symphony. Previously, he taught at Graceland University and faculty at Continuing Education, The University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Cholthitchanta holds degrees from Chulalongkorn University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Indiana University, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Missouri-KansasCity, Conservatory of Music, where he was selected as a Liberace Scholar. His principal teachers include Eli Eban, Richard Lesser, Alfred Prinz, Bil Jackson, Jane Carl, Thomas Masse, Michael Campbell, Andrew Simon, and has studied chamber music under Alexander Schneider, Mathew Ruggiero, Abraham Skernick, Dorothy Dwyer, Anthony Camden, etc.

Formerly, Nophachai was the principal clarinetist of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Mondial Des Jeunesses Musicales, Asian Youth Orchestra, Asean Youth Orchestra and was a member of Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, New Ear Ensemble etc. He has performed at music festivals as a soloist, chamber music musician and orchestral member in the major concert halls in more than twelve countries including Concertgebouw Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed under the baton of Alexander Schneider, Lukas Foss, Günter Herbig, Eric Klas, David Alan Miller, Samuel Wong, En Shao and others. He was also a concerto competition winner at the Hong Kong Academy Concerto Competition, the Rocky Mountain Competition and twice at the University of Northern Colorado Symphony’s Solo Competition. He has performed concertos with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Thai National Orchestra, North Arkansas Symphony, UNC Symphony Orchestra, Kasetsart Wind Symphony, UA Symphony Orchestra and UA Wind Symphony. Nophachai has appeared at International Clarinet Association (ICA)-ClarinetFest, International Double Reed Society Convention, National Flute Association Convention.

In addition to modern clarinet, Nophachai is also a researcher and an avid collector of historical clarinets. He owns both originals and reproductions of  18th – 19th c. clarinets. His research paper entitled “Stubbin’s S-K Mechanism” will be published in a companion volume to the  Catalogue of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection by Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. In 2009, he will be performing a lecture-recital on period clarinet at the 38th American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) Meeting, University of Michigan.

Catalina Ortega, Professor of Flute

A native of Colombia, Catalina Ortega is a Flute instructor at the University of Arkansas and at the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas. She holds a Master Degree in Music and a Certificate in Advanced Instrumental Performance in Flute from the University of Arkansas, as well as a B.A in Flute Music Performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Ortega has performed in some of the major auditoriums in Colombia as a soloist and touring with chamber ensembles. She has served 2nd Flute/ Piccolo player for the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Flute player of the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia). She formerly taught at the University of Antioquia in Colombia for 5 years before she came to the United States.