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 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.
Ryan Pereira, Bass Clarinet
Ryan Pereira is a clarinetist, technician, and educator based in the Philadelphia, PA area. He is Principal Clarinetist with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and founder of Pereira 3D Clarinet Services, a company that manufactures custom clarinet accessories, offers artisan repair services, and is a licensed dealer of hand-selected Buffet Crampon clarinets. He also is an active pit musician for various productions, performing for the Arden Theatre company and the Little Theatre of Fall River company. Ryan has also performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Elmira Cantata Singers Orchestra.
Some of his accolades include winning the 2019 GLORY International Solo Competition and the 2015 Ithaca College School of Music Concerto Competition. He placed 2nd in the 2015 ENKOR International Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Solo Competition based in London. He was also the featured soloist in a performance of Oscar Navarro's "II Concerto" for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the 2018 Brookline Concerto Competition.
Ryan received his Master’s in Clarinet Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music. His past teachers have included Michael Galván, Michael Norsworthy, Joseph Eller, and Alan Kay.
Robert Alexander, Bassoon
Robert Alexander is the Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Troy University's John M. Long School of Music. His duties include teaching applied lessons and weekly studio/reed making classes. He is also the Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Chipola College in Marianna, FL, where he teaches applied lessons.
Robert currently serves on faculty at Florida State University’s Summer Band Camps, where he teaches applied lessons and daily double reed masterclasses. Robert currently resides in Tallahassee, FL, where he holds the 3rd /Contrabassoon position with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Prior to TSO, he held positions with Camerata South, Northwest Florida Symphony, Loveland Symphony Orchestra, and was a Bassoon Fellow with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
Before moving to Florida, Robert received his Bachelor of Music – Bassoon Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Tristan Rennie of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Alexander received his Master of Music – Bassoon Performance from Florida State University, where he studied with Jeff Keesecker. Robert is currently working on his Doctor of Music – Bassoon Performance at Florida State University.