Sunday Classics Series
Trio d’anches has selected 19th and early 20th century chamber music compositions for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon. Woodwind quintets were well known since the early 1800s, but the combination of a trio of reed instruments offered a new opportunity for composers to explore in the late 1800s. French, German, and English composers eagerly embraced this unique blend of tone colors in the bright oboe, the mellow clarinet, and deep bassoon voices.
David Duree (clarinet) studied at the Jordan Conservatory, the University of Maryland, and the Catholic University of America. For ten years, he was principal chair saxophone of the U.S. Naval Academy Band and for twenty-two years, principal chair clarinetist (and founding member) of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Duree is an adjunct lecturer in music at Hood College, Carroll Community College and McDaniel College, where he teaches clarinet and saxophone and conducts the clarinet and saxophone ensembles. He performs with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Hood Chamber Players, Mistral Woodwind Quintet, and the Dumale Trio.
Mindy Niles (oboe) received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Woodwind Quintet. Mrs. Niles is the Executive Director of the Encore Music program and is the Founder/Director of the Encore Academy. She has served as an adjudicator for the Maryland All-State Bands and Solo & Ensemble Festivals and performs frequently as a freelance oboist. Mrs. Niles is a member of the Mistral Woodwind Quintet and is adjunct faculty at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College.
Robert Sirois (bassoon) received his Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and his Master of Education from the Peabody Institute, where he studied bassoon with Phillip Kolker and instrumental conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker. Mr. Sirois continues to focus his career in the field of education, having recently completed a Masters in School Administration at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (Columbia, MD). He is currently teaching general music and chorus throughout the Howard County Public School System.