Joyce Besch, bassoon
Joyce Besch teaches bassoon at Nebraska Wesleyan University and is currently third bassoon/contrabassoon in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Joyce also performs with Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Lincoln Municipal Band and is a member of Great Plais Chamber Winds.
Before coming to Lincoln, Joyce was an active freelance bassoonist in Toronto, Ontario, where she played with the Niagara Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony and Oshawa-Durham Symphony. Among her more notable bassoon performances includes playing “Happy Trails” on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Joyce has studied bassoon with Laine Bryce and Carole Mason-Smith in St. Paul, MN; Yoshi Tominaga in Salzburg, Austria; and Linda Harwell in Baltimore, MD. She has received degrees from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A. Music Ed.), and from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. Performance). While at the College of St. Catherine, Joyce was a two-time winner of the CSC Concerto competition, allowing her to perform as a soloist with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Franziska B. Brech, a native of Munich, Germany, has presented recitals in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Slovenia and across the United States. She holds a performance degree from the Robert-Schumann Institute for Music in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she studied with Michael Faust.
She has been a member of several symphony orchestras in Germany as well as in the United States. Currently, she teaches flute and German at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is a member of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Highfalutin flute group and The Trans-Nebraska Players, a five-member ensemble (flute, violin, viola, cello and piano) comprised of music faculty from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chadron State College and UNK. In August 2011 and 2013, she performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and New Orleans, respectively, and in June 2013 at the First Canadian National Flute Convention in Oakville, Canada. Since 2010, she has been a contributing author of the German flute magazine Flöte aktuell.
Lincoln native Donna Carnes enjoys teaching violinists and violists of all ages. She currently maintains a large studio and also teaches at Union College, Prairie Hill Learning Center and Child's View Montessori. For the past 20 years Donna has been on the faculty of SAIL music camp. She has been a clinician at numerous workshops in Nebraska and Iowa.
Donna can frequently be heard in performances with the Nebraska Chamber Players, the Summit String Quartet and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (in the position of principal second violinist). She is a former member of the Classic Quartet and the Omaha Symphony.
Ms. Carnes earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied with Robert Emile. She also studied with Bernhard Goldschmidt at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Donna and her husband, Dave Hughes, are kept busy with four (!) boys—Dylan, Evan, Liam and Rhys. Dave spins records and the boys provide live cello and violin music. Look for them on the soccer field, basketball court, tennis court, baseball diamond...
Joe Holmquist is a performer, music educator, and composer living in Lincoln since 2000. As a generalist in percussion, he plays everything from timpani and drumset to cymbals and xylophone. He received his Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with master teacher Vic Firth, timpanist of the Boston Symphony. Joe’s compositions have been played all over the U.S. and Europe, released on various CDs, and have received many public radio broadcasts. As an educator, Mr. Holmquist is known most broadly for his drumset and snare drum etude books published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co., a leading company in the field. Joe works in Lincoln as a freelance player for a number of music organizations. His career as a performer has included touring across the country and throughout western Europe. His favorite musical activity is playing in small groups.
M. Eugene Williams is in his 24th season as second clarinetist with the Lincoln Symphony. Gene was second clarinetist with the Omaha Symphony for six years, third/bass clarinetist for two years and continues with the Omaha Symphony as an extra. This past summer Gene enjoyed his 26th season as co-principal clarinetist with the Lakeside Symphony in Lakeside, Ohio. He has also performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Society, Boise Philharmonic, Grand Teton and Snowbird Music Festivals. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Michigan in Clarinet Performance and Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Houston and Bradley University. His principal teachers included Fred Ormand, Jeffrey Lerner, Clark Brody, Martin Zwick, and Dean Howard.
Gene is a former faculty member at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He currently teaches for Omaha Public Schools and has maintained a private studio in clarinet and saxophone for 43 years. In his spare time he enjoys golf, gym workouts, gardening and playing with his Cocker Spaniel, Lucy.
Deborah Bouffard earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently a member of the Lincoln Public Schools instrumental music faculty where she teaches beginning band at Pershing, Hartley, Saratoga and Eastridge Elementary Schools. Deborah performs with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln Municipal Band, the Plymouth Brass, and the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble.
Bob graduated from Lincoln High School and received a B.M.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After Army basic training, he attended Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston for an M.M.E. and taught for one year in Bannockburn, Ill.—K through 8, "Mr. Music."
Returning to Omaha to teach in District 66, Bob was hired by the Omaha Symphony and played principal oboe both there and in the 43rd Army Band of the Nebraska National Guard. His teaching positions in the Westside Community Schools ranged from K-6 general music, elementary instrumental, 8 years as Director of Bands at Westside High School, and 27 years teaching junior high/middle school (concert and jazz bands).
Although still performing with the Omaha Symphony and with Mannheim Steamroller, Bob retired from District 66 and the National Guard in 2010. He’s now a volunteer, working with kindergarteners and first-graders in reading at Florence Elementary.
Ed Love is a graduate of Omaha Central High School and of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, having earned a Bachelors degree in 1970 and a Master of Music degree in 1972. While at UN-L he studied clarinet with Wesley Reist. He also studied with George Silfies, Principal clarinet of the Saint Louis Orchestra. Although clarinet was his major instrument in college, Ed's first instrument was the alto saxophone. In 1972 he was selected to the All-Star Band at the American Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. He has performed with many of the greats in jazz, including Clark Terry, Henry Mancini, Don Menza, Victor Lewis, John Fedchock, Bobby Watson and Jay McShann. Ed played clarinet in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, with the Omaha Symphony for 12 years, and was Principal clarinet in the Opera/Omaha orchestra for 6 years.
Richard W Ricker, Jr (Ric), earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. Prior to moving to Lincoln, Ric was a career orchestral performer for over 20 years. Now, after more than 20 years in Lincoln, Ric manages Dietze Music at East Park, teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and is a member of Nebraska Brass, Nebraska Chamber Players and Lincoln Municipal Band. He performs often with the Lincoln and Omaha Symphonies. In his spare time he is sound editor for Nebraska Brass recording projects and enjoys gardening in his back yard.
Clark Potter is professor of viola at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and principal viola of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra.
Clark is especially noted for his interest in new works, having premiered dozens of pieces over the years. He has appeared as soloist or chamber musician in nearly half the states in the union. While primarily a normal human being, he doesn't mind the bizarre or the humorous every once in a while—some lucky people have witnessed his portrayals of Janet Jackson and Napoleon Dynamite in the annual faculty April Fool's Recital.
Tracy Sands is a frequent chamber player in the Lincoln area. She is a member of the Summit String Quartet, the Bachman Trio, and Nebraska Chamber Players. Sands has been a member of the Lincoln Symphony for many years and currently serves as Assistant Principal. An active teacher, she started the first Suzuki cello studio in Nebraska. She has worked as a clinician throughout Nebraska, Iowa and Texas. A Lincoln native, Sands has been on the faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan University and Doane College. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Dudley Powers, and her graduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Rebecca Van de Bogart, Artistic Director for Nebraska Chamber Players, was a founding member of Third Chair Chamber Players and has served as Artistic Director since 2001. Chamber music has been a passion all of her life, and Nebraska Chamber Players was the natural vehicle to feed this passion. In the late ’70s she was a founding member of the Bachman Trio, a flute, cello and piano ensemble. The trio stayed together for 20 years and then expanded to become TCCP. Becky is also piccolo chair with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, and flutist with the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Lincoln Municipal Band. Previously she played with Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.
Pianist/composer Jack Rinke earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University, with an emphasis in piano performance. While pursuing a Masters Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he was honored by being accepted as a composition student of Dr. Robert Beadell and also studied with Dr. Randall Snyder. During his graduate courses, Jack studied composition and worked closely with Dr. George B. Wilson, Libby Larson, Dmitri Mousulcous, and the American String Quartet. Jack's main piano instruction was with Beth Miller Harrod at Nebraska Wesleyan and Shirley Irek at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
As a pianist, Jack regularly appears in concerts and recitals and has performed with Abendmusik: Lincoln, The Nebraska Chamber Players, The Lincoln Symphony, Arts for the Soul, the Lincoln Civic Orchestra, and Lincoln Youth Symphony. He has composed pieces for soloists, chamber groups and large choral/instrumental ensembles, and released two CD's of original piano music. Jack is currently a member of the First-Plymouth Choir and Abendmusik Chorus where he previously served an honorary position of Composer-In-Residence for those ensembles. He is the Chief Information Officer at MacPractice, a medical software company.
Kathleen Wychulis, principal harp of the Lincoln Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Alice Chalifoux and Yolanda Kondonassis, and received her Master of Music degree from Rice University as a student of Paula Page. A Fulbright grant recipient in 2001, Ms. Wychulis traveled to Australia where she studied with Alice Giles at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Katie has performed nationwide as an orchestral soloist and harpist, chamber musician, and recitalist. Active as a supporter of arts nonprofits, Kathleen has served on the board of the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Great Plains Harp Chapter. She has given numerous master classes and teaches at the University of Nebraska-Omaha as well as maintaining a private studio in Omaha.
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