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.

Lara Mitofsky Neuss, Bass Clarinet

Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist, educator, and administrator currently based in Tallahassee, Florida. A strong new music advocate, Lara is an active performer and commissioner of today's composers. Recent performances include appearances at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME), Americans for the Arts, SPLICE Electroacoustic Festival, American Single Reed Summit, Bang on a Can Music Festival, and Banff Center for the Arts.

 

Passionate about chamber music, she is the proud bass clarinetist of the Civitasolis Reed Quintet and recently completed an educational and performance tour in Sweden with the Orford Improvisation Ensemble.

 

As a performer equally of the classical repertoire, Lara has been named the winner of the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards Competition, NolesinNYC Chamber Music Competition (Civitasolis Reed Quintet), and a semi-finalist in the William C. Byrd International Competition. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, and New York Youth Symphony, among others. Lara is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University.

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!

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