Update: We're Halfway There!

We're so excited to tell you that we are 53% of the way to our minimum target goal! We are so grateful to all of you for your financial, verbal, and social support. If you or someone you know has thought about making a donation, but held back because you weren't familiar with our crowd-funding platform, we wrote this post for you.

Open Auditions for the Bach Institute!

It’s hard to believe, but this is the fifth year that the Bach Institute, a collaboration between Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, and Oberlin College, has been in operation! Exciting enough that it’s our fifth anniversary, but even more exciting is the fact that we are holding competitive auditions for the first time this year! 

New Music, New Pathways: An Interview with James Baker

For the last two weeks, our Artistic Director Peggy Pearson has been at the Wellesley Composer’s Conference, one of the oldest and most prestigious conferences of its kind. James Baker is Music Director and Conductor of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and he very graciously took some time out of his jam-packed schedule this week to speak with us about his love of new music, his work at the conference, and his unique vantage point as a percussionist, conductor, and composer of electronic music.

An Interview with the Apple Hill String Quartet

Winsor Music is delighted to welcome the musicians of the Apple Hill Quartet — Elise Kuder and Colleen Jennings, violin; Mike Kelley, viola; and Rupert Johnson, cello — to the Concert Series. They spoke with us before the first of three concerts with Peggy Pearson; the third concert will take place at St. Paul's Church in Brookline on Sunday, April 26th at 7:00pm. 

Meet Composer James Primosch

Prize-winning composer James Primosch has written a lyrical, lively, and wonderfully expressive oboe quartet for Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music, which will be performed by Peggy and members of the Apple Hill String Quartet at Winsor Music's final concert of the 2014-15 season. Read our interview to learn more about the new piece, how the composer arrived at his unique compositional voice and philosophy, and why he enjoys writing for Peggy and Winsor Music. 

Announcing our final concert of 2014-15: The Apple Hill Quartet and Friends

We're delighted to introduce you to the musicians and composers featured on our final concert of the 2014-15 season: The Apple Hill String Quartet, Peggy Pearson, oboe, Lawrence Wolfe, bass, and James Primosch and Eric Nathan, composers of a new oboe quartet and a new Song for the Spirit, respectively. Stay tuned for their interviews as we approach the concert!

Meet the Arneis Quartet!

The Arneis Quartet celebrates their fifth anniversary this season with appearances on the Alcyon, Emmanuel Music, and Winsor Music Chamber Series, where they will perform on the March 23 concert. Heather, Rose, Daniel, and Agnes very generously gave some rehearsal time to speak with us about the origins of the quartet, their favorite moments in the music for the March 23 concert, and why they love performing on outreach concerts. 

Violobos: Did you know...?

Which Violobos member wants to play the bagpipe? Who performed in a bathroom once? Which composer would two out of three members go back in time to visit, and maybe even marry? Learn more about these fantastic and funny students if you missed our post on Facebook! 

Introducing VIOLOBOS

We are pleased to introduce you to the members of Winsor Music's newest quartet: Violobos! Mitsuru Yonezaki, violin, Njioma Grevious, viola, and Alma Bitran, cello, are outstanding high school students who were personally selected by Peggy Pearson, oboe, to participate in a long-term mentoring and performance program in the form of a regular oboe quartet. At a recent rehearsal, Mitsuru, Njioma, and Alma took fifteen minutes to give a group interview.

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We have a Wait List!

We're excited to say that we've already sold out for our March 23rd concert, but we hope you will make use of the wait list feature built in to our ticketing system. We anticipate that quite a few seats will open up in the weekend before the concert, and we will contact you promptly when these seats become available. 

The Bach Institute

As many of you know, this week, our Artistic Director Peggy Pearson is serving as a faculty member and the co-director of the Bach Institute, a collaboration between Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, and Oberlin College and Conservatory. Currently in their second week, the students are performing their arias in five outreach concerts hosted and facilitated by Winsor Music's outreach and education programs.

Interview with Rebecca Printz

Rebecca Printz is many things: a mezzo-soprano, a student in her fourth year at Oberlin Conservatory and College, a student of Kendra Colton's, an outstanding alumna of the Bach Institute (as well as its first-ever administrative intern), a Boston-area native, and the featured Young Artist for Winsor Music's annual Thanksgiving Concert, to name a few.