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July 12–26, 2015

2014 Biographies — Woodwinds

Kathleen DeCorso

Kathleen DeCorso

Clarinet

Kay DeCorso is currently Principal Clarinet with the Suncoast Symphony in Clearwater. She has performed as Principal Clarinet and Concert Soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras in Spain, Switzerland, Scandanavia and in communities throughout Alaska. She has taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, at the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp and the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, where she directed the program of instrumental music for over 15 years. She has maintained a private studio for over 30 years in Fairbanks and Dunedin, Florida where she now resides with her husband, Ted.


Ted DeCorso

Ted DeCorso

Clarinet

Ted DeCorso has concertized internationally as chamber, orchestral and solo clarinetist. Over 30 concerto performances have been given with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestra throughout Alaska and in Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin, China. Recitals have been performed throughout Europe and at International Clarinet Congresses in London and Seattle. Ted was Professor of Music at the University of Alaska for 25 years and in Fairbanks directed the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp and the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra. He now lives in Dunedin, FL with his wife, Kay, where he teaches at the University of Tampa and conducts the Suncoast Symphony and the Clearwater Community Band.


Domenica Fossati

Domenica Fossati

Flute/African Dance

Domenica Fossati is an electrifying performer and front-woman of the afrobeat ensemble Underground System, one of the only groups in the scene to feature a female lead singer. Trilingual and well-acquainted with Yoruba and Ewe ethnic tongues, her original lyrics and knowledge of traditional African dance grant her work anecdotal authenticity. As a flutist, her spontaneous whistling rolls have found a home with modern composers’ pieces, including Harvey Sollberger, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Influenced by a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, and hip hop, her work oscillates gracefully between art music and pop. Fossati has performed at some of the most prestigious contemporary and classical venues, among them Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and John Zorn’s venue, The Stone.


Sharman Piper

Sharman Piper

Oboe

Sharman Piper has played principal oboe with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for almost 30 years, and will be performing a concerto with the symphony this coming season. She also has performed regularly with many other local musical organizations including the Alaska Chamber Singers, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Anchorage Opera, Arioso chamber ensemble and the Anchorage Fine Arts Society. For many years she has taught private lessons and been a coach to the high school oboists in the Anchorage Youth Symphony, an organization she performed with while growing up. She studied oboe at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with the late great principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra, John Mack. She has studied chamber music at the Sandpoint Chamber Music Festival and the Fairbanks Fine Arts Festival, and furthered her oboe studies at the John Mack oboe seminars in Carmel, California and at last summer's International Double Reed Society conference in Birmingham, England. Currently a teacher with the Anchorage School District, she is enjoying playing more chamber music now that her two sons are off to college.


Candy Rydlinski

Candy Rydlinski

Oboe

Born and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, Candy began her music studies on piano and oboe at an early age. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University. Over the years she has studied with Harvey McGuire of the Cleveland Orchestra, David McGuire, Jane Green, Peter Cooper, and Mark Fink. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance from Cleveland State University, she joined the US Army Bands and was appointed principal oboist with the 76th U.S. Army Band in Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Her Army Band experience included numerous tours to England, France, Belgium and The Netherlands as well as many woodwind quintet performances throughout Europe. In 1996 she became the principal Oboist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1996.


George Rydlinski

George Rydlinski

Bassoon

George Rydlinski is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He completed undergraduate studies in music performance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1980. He enlisted in the Army as a bassoonist in 1983 and retired as the First Sergeant and Enlisted Bandleader of the 9th Army Band at Ft. Wainwright in 2004. He currently works for the Fairbanks Symphony Association as the marketing director. He has performed as principal bassoonist with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras since the fall of 1996. He is also an adjunct lecturer at UAF in the Music Department and is on the UAF Summer Music Academy conducting staff.



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