Awea Duo is excited to host the inaugural Woodwind Duo Symposium at Sam Houston State University. This conference will provide performance, networking, and educational opportunities to professional woodwind duos, composers, and students while offering unique concert experience to the local residents. Recitals, lectures, masterclasses, panel discussions, and duo competition will be scheduled for Friday afternoon-evening and Saturday morning-afternoon.
Oboist Nancy Ambrose King and Bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman have performed together as the King-Lyman Duo since 2005. Both Professors at the University of Michigan, they have recorded, commissioned, and premiered numerous works since then. They commissioned John Steinmetz's 'Songs and Dances' for Oboe and Bassoon, as well as the world premiere of Chun-Wai Wong’s A Breath of Life. They were featured in one of the first performances of Dirk-Michael Kirsch's Concertino for Oboe, Bassoon and Orchestra in Tokyo at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society. Their YouTube channel, Katz-King-Lyman features Duos and Trios by Poulenc, Grandval, Planel, Jolivet, and Villa Lobos. They also appear in Duos by Steinmetz and Paganini on Youtube. They are featured in Jeffrey Lyman's CD 'El Basson Mexico' and Both Professors at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Drs. King and Lyman are widely respected soloists as well as chamber musicians, who bring their interest in expanding and promoting the repertoire for oboe and bassoon to the King-Lyman Duo.
Faculty colleagues at Georgia State University, saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and clarinetist Kenneth Long formed Citizens of Nowhere in 2011. They have commissioned numerous works for saxophone and clarinet, including Mischief (Goldstein), Citizens of Nowhere (Demos), Ragahoro Breakdown (Wanamaker) and have given performances across the US and Mexico of the works they have recorded on their debut CD Citizens of Nowhere (Albany). Baker has won top prizes in numerous competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Concerto Competition and the Johann Strauss Society competition. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with several orchestras in Canada and the United States and with the National Symphony of the Ukraine. An advocate of new music, Baker is Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with the Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency. Kenneth Long enjoys a multifaceted performing career including orchestral, chamber music and solo engagements. He is a member of the clarinet section of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and has performed with many of the Southeast’s preeminent ensembles including the Atlanta, Sarasota and Charleston symphonies. Principal clarinet of Bent Frequency, Long also is principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Chamber Winds.