Luis Gallo Quintero, Oboe
Colombian oboist Luis Alejandro Gallo Quintero began his musical studies at age eleven at the Escuela de Musica Comfenalco. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Luis is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Florida State University.
He has performed at and attended many music festivals and conferences in the US and abroad, including WASBE International Music Conference in Valencia, Spain, Aruba Symphony Festival in Oranjestad, Aruba, and Hidden Valley Music Seminar in Carmel, California.
A graduate of Northwestern State University, Luis was the winner of the 2018 Northwestern Symphony Concerto Competition and the woodwind winner of the Annual McCutcheon Honors Recital.
In addition to performing oboe and english horn in the Florida State University Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, Luis has performed with professional ensembles such as the Panama City Pops Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Marshall Symphony Orchestra.
A strong chamber musician and educator, he is the oboist of the Civitasolis Reed Quintet as well as a coach for the FSU Undergraduate Chamber Ensembles. Luis is currently a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University where he studies with Dr. Eric Ohlsson. He previously studied with oboist Leah Forsyth and has performed in masterclasses for professors such as Alex Klein, Elaine Douvas, and Robert Atherholt. In addition to his Bachelor of Music degree, Luis earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology
Amy Humberd, Clarinet
Amy Humberd has appeared throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. In November of 2017, she presented her Carnegie Hall debut as the second prize winner of the Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition.
Outside of the performance hall, Humberd is an accomplished teacher. Currently, she serves as the Artist Affiliate of Clarinet at Berry College and the Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Lee University. In 2019 she was appointed to the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she taught and performed with the faculty ensembles. In addition, she has presented clinics and masterclasses throughout Tennessee.
An advocate for the arts, Humberd is on the planning committee for the American Single Reed Summit, where she holds the social media coordinator position. Previously Humberd volunteered as a coordinator of Classical Revolution - Tallahassee, an organization dedicated to presenting free classical music concerts in community and neighborhood venues.
Her former teachers include Jonathan Holden, Deborah Bish., Howard Klug, Eric Hoeprich, Peter Cain, and David Shaffer.
Beth King- Bennett, Saxophone
Beth King-Bennett is a passionate performer, educator, and advocate for new music. She has presented performances across the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, including premiers and commissions for solo saxophone, mixed duos, saxophone quartet, reed quintet, and saxophone ensemble. In 2016 she was a guest artist at the Hong Kong International Saxophonist’s Symposium and at the Szechuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China. Beth currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds at Chipola College in Marianna, FL. She maintains an active teaching studio and serves as a clinician and adjudicator, and she has taught at summer camps and festivals including Florida State Band Camps and Great Plains Saxophone Workshop.
Beth is the saxophonist for the Civitasolis Quintet, which is dedicated to engaging audiences through interactive and innovative performance experiences. Civitasolis hosts an annual Composition Competition and Call for Scores, which has contributed a large body of work to the reed quintet repertoire, including over a dozen works with a focus on extended techniques, electronics, and choreography. The group hosts a Virtual Happy Hour series to engage conversations within the musical community on chamber music and composition, featuring discussions with guests including David Biedenbender, Calefax Reed Quintet, Three Reeds Duo, and Akropolis Reed Quintet. Civitasolis Quintet was awarded the 2021 Senior Mixed Instrumental Division Prize at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition.
Beth received her Doctor of Music at Florida State University, where she was a saxophone Teaching Assistant, her Master’s from the University of Iowa, and Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University, where she was awarded a Performance Certificate for excellence in performance.
Her former teachers include Geoffrey Deibel, Kenneth Tse, Scotty Stepp, and Adrianne Honnold.
Lewis Vaden, Bass Clarinet
A native of Midlothian, Virginia, Lewis Vaden is a vibrant, dedicated musician who is passionate about connecting with people through performance and teaching.
Over the past 3 years, Lewis has performed as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist with renowned orchestras and ensembles, including the Richmond Symphony and The Oratorio Society of Virginia, and as a freelance musician with other world-class musicians in the Richmond, Virginia, area. He has also performed internationally with the Sound of America Band in concerts in Germany, Italy, Austria, and Luxembourg.
He currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and teaches clarinet and flute at Mason’s School of Music, Dance, and Arts. An experienced teacher, Lewis taught private music lessons in Midlothian, Virginia, helped local public schools with instrumental instruction, and served as a volunteer piano teacher at the FRIENDS organization in Richmond, Virginia.
He is pursuing a master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University, where he has played with the FSU Chamber Winds, Wind Orchestra, and String Quintet. Lewis is a student of Deborah Bish, Jonathan Holden, Tiffany Valvo, David Lemelin, Charles West, and David Niethamer.
Bridget Piccirilli, Bassoon
Bridget Piccirilli is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in bassoon performance from Stony Brook University, studying with Frank Morelli. In 2021, she earned her Master’s in Woodwind Performance at Florida State University, where she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and studied with Jeff Keesecker. Bridget also holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education and a bassoon Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina, studying under Michael Harley.
In 2021, Bridget attended the Aspen Music Festival as a bassoon Fellow. She was a 2019 and 2020 recipient of the Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship. While at the University of South Carolina, she received the Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award and an Outstanding Senior Award from the university. In addition to Aspen, she has also attended the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (2018, 2019) and Brevard Music Center (2018), studying with Sue Barber and Bill Ludwig.
Bridget has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, and South Carolina Philharmonic. Bridget is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.