Luis Alejandro 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, and she has performed various concertos with student and professional orchestras throughout the United States, including Weber’s Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622.
Outside of the performance hall, she is an accomplished teacher. She has taught on the clarinet faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 2019. In addition, she has presented clinics and masterclasses in Tennessee, and she has experience coaching chamber music, giving masterclasses, and teaching technique classes at Florida State University.
She is a coordinator of Classical Revolution - Tallahassee, an organization dedicated to presenting free classical music concerts in community and neighborhood venues, and she has been published in The Clarinet (Volume 45, Issue 1). Currently, she is on the planning committee for the American Single Reed Summit.
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 an avid performer and music educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a teaching assistant at Florida State, where she is pursuing her Doctor of Music in saxophone performance. Beth has a passion for chamber music and is thrilled to be a part of the Civitasolis Reed Quintet.
She frequently performs solo and chamber works at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and at events within the community. In 2016, she toured with the Iowa Saxophonists’ Workshop and performed at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
She plays soprano saxophone in the Ragusa Quartet, which was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 NASA Quartet Competition. Beth received her Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University, where she was awarded a Performance Certificate for excellence in performance, and she earned her Master’s from the University of Iowa. She is adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Chipola College.
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 Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from Florida State University, where she studies with Jeff Keesecker. At Florida State, she serves as one of the bassoon studio graduate assistants, teaching chamber music and lessons to undergraduates. Bridget graduated from the University of South Carolina in May of 2019 with her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education and a Bassoon Performance Certificate.
While at the University of South Carolina, she was the second prize winner of the 2019 Greatest Mozart Performance online competition and received the Robert Pruzin Music Leadership Award. At the 2019 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tampa, Bridget performed in a masterclass for the esteemed pedagogue and performer Frank Morelli. She has also attended the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD and Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.
Bridget has performed with Panama City Pops, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Aiken Symphony, and South Carolina Philharmonic. She is thrilled and honored to have joined the Civitasolis Reed Quintet and looks forward to what the future holds for the group!