Jean Pace, Clarinet
Jean Pace has performed with many local orchestras and other musical groups in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Virginia, recently including the New England Philharmonic, Boston Civic Symphony, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Quincy Symphony, the Newton Symphony, the Metropolitan Wind Ensemble, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble. Her clarinet teachers have included Michael Norsworthy, Thomas Hill, J. Lawrie Bloom, Gene Collerd, and John Colbert. She has taught in the private lesson programs of the Scituate, Braintree, and Randolph school systems, as well as in her private studio. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and has an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Ryan Noe, Trumpet, High Brass Specialist
Doctor Ryan Noe is an in demand trumpeter in Metropolitan Boston. Currently he holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Glens Falls Symphony. In 2014, Maestro Lorin Maazel invited him to perform as a member of the Castleton Festival Orchestra in Castleton, Virginia. He has performed throughout New England with groups such as the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Alea III: Contemporary Music Ensemble, New England Brass Band, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, MetroWest Opera Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, Atlantic Symphony, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Monadnock Wind Ensemble, and the New Bedford Symphony. In 2014 Dr. Noe was a Semi-Finalist for the National Trumpet Competition Graduate Solo Division and in 2012 he was apart of the Boston University Trumpet Octet who performed as SemiFinalists at the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA. In the summer of 2011 he played as a pit orchestra musician for the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH.
Dr. Noe moved to Boston, MA in 2009 when he began his Master of Music degree from Boston University. He continued with his Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University and is currently ABD for his degree. While at Boston University he has studied with Terry Everson, Thomas Siders, and Peter Chapman. Prior to moving to Boston, Dr. Noe lived in Kalamazoo, MI where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. At WMU he studied with Professor Scott Thornburg and double majored in Trumpet Performance and Music Education. While living in Kalamazoo he was Principal Trumpet of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia. Also in the summers of 2007 and 2008 his Brass Quintet was selected to be the student artists in residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, MI. While at Bay View he also performed with the faculty brass quintet of the festival the Bay View Brass and the Bay View Symphony. Dr. Noe is originally from Plymouth, MI.
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Michael Gruender, Woodwind Specialist
Michael Gruender is a clarinetist and music educator in the Boston area. Mr. Gruender has performed with members of the Northern Lights Music Festival, New York Summer Music Festival and the Fresh Inc. Festival. In addition, he served as Eflat clarinetist for the Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey from 2015-2016. Currently, Mr. Gruender works as a freelance clarinetist in Boston. As an educator, Mr. Gruender has taught instrumental and classroom music to over three hundred students through Northeastern Music Programs and currently teaches over thirty private clarinet, saxophone, and flute students in Westborough, MA. Mr. Gruender holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Rowan University as well as a Master of Music in Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. His primary teachers include Barbara Benedett, Dr. Rié Suzuki, and Michael Norsworthy.