School of Music

The Camerata Woodwind Quintet

Camerata Woodwind Quintet

Eric Ginsberg, Clarinet; Randall Faust, Horn;
Doug Huff, Bassoon; John McMurtery, Flute;
Emily Hart, Oboe.

The Camerata Woodwind Quintet was the very first Chamber Music Ensemble in residence at Western Illinois University when it was founded in 1966. During the past half century it has presented performances and clinics on the Western Illinois University campus, throughout the region, the nation, and the world. The current members of the Camerata are John McMurtery–flute, Emily Hart–oboe, Eric Ginsberg–Clarinet, Randall Faust–Horn, and Douglas Huff–bassoon.

Service  

Every year the Camerata Woodwind Quintet visits schools throughout the Tri-States region of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. The Camerata not only performs for the students, but also interacts with them in clinics and workshops. Some of the accompanying photos are taken from some of these school visits. To schedule a visit by the Camerata Woodwind Quintet contact Dr. McMurtery via email: j-mcmurtery@wiu.edu

National and International Outreach

The Camerata Woodwind Quintet has appeared in Festivals and performances throughout the United States and abroad. Its recent performances include performances and at the Conference of the National Flute Association and The Symposium of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. The international profile of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet also includes performances in collaboration with members of the famed Reykjavik Woodwind Quintet on the Western Illinois University Campus at the International Horn Symposium in 2009 and the Summer Music Institute in 2011.

This international work is not new. The Camerata has had a history of international outreach–and its performances in countries such as Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, and China were notably significant.

Recordings

The Camerata Woodwind Quintet has received critical acclaim for its many recordings – most recently its compact disc on CRYSTAL Records featuring the premiere recording of the Quintet no. 2 of Anthony Iannaccone, as well as Quintets by Hetú and Steinmetz.  Some of the early recordings of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet were groundbreaking in the area of chamber music education. These include the famous recordings on the Music Minus One, Coronet Records, and Pinebrook labels.


History of The Camerata Woodwind Quintet