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July 12–26, 2015

2015 Biographies — Woodwinds

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.


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