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Jill Pauls

Principal Flute

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Peter & Josephine von Hippel

Jill Pauls is principal flute of the Oregon Mozart Players and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, having also made numerous appearances as a soloist with these ensembles. She is also principal of the Eugene Opera Orchestra and has played flute and piccolo as a member the Eugene Symphony for nearly two decades. Jill is a member of several chamber ensembles including Mozart’s Magic Flutes and the Arrieu Wind Quintet, which toured China in 2000. She earned Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Richard Trombley. She has studied with Trevor Wye in England and has performed in masterclasses for Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Geoffery Gilbert, John Solum, Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Robert Dick, Harvey Sollberger, and many others. She twice performed at National Flute Association Conventions. Pauls has been the Instructor of Flute at Oregon State University for nearly 20 years. She also maintains a successful private studio out of which have come several students who have placed in the top five at the State Solo Competition. Previously, she taught college students at the University of Oregon as a graduate teaching fellow. She enjoys spending time and making music with her husband Rod, son Joshua (pianist, percussionist), and daughter Andrea (cellist, pianist).

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Cheryl Wefler

Principal Oboe

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Cheryl Wefler regularly performs with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera Orchestra and the Eugene Concert Choir, and other groups in Eugene and on the Oregon Coast. She has performed across the country in venues that have included Wolf Trap, Opera at John Jay, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Opera Saratoga, numerous IDRS conventions around the country, premiered a concerto written for her in Colorado, and also a sonata written for her in the UK. She is the owner/operator of Cascade Oboe Reeds and author of “Principles and Techniques of Oboe Reed Adjustment.”

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Carol Robe

Principal Clarinet

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Biography forthcoming.

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Helena K. Spencer

Principal Bassoon

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Diana Gardener & Judson Parsons

Helena Kopchick Spencer joined the Oregon Mozart Players in 2007 as principal bassoon. In 2014, she earned her PhD in musicology at the University of Oregon and accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is also Affiliated Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies. In her new coastal Carolina home, she plays in the Opera Wilmington Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony, and Brierwood Ensemble; however, she is delighted to return to the Pacific Northwest each season to perform with her OMP colleagues under Maestro Kelly Kuo.

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Alexis Evers

Flute

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Charles & Leslie Wright

Alexis Evers is currently performing and teaching in Eugene, Oregon, where she performs as principal flute with the Eugene Concert Orchestra and second flute with Oregon Mozart Players. She is also the third flutist/piccoloist with the Rogue Valley Symphony and has performed with Orchestra NEXT (Eugene Ballet Company), Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy, and Eugene Symphony Orchestra. An avid performer of new music, she was a 2018 Guest Artist for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and was recently a featured performer at the 2018 SEAMUS national conference. In her free time, Alexis enjoys long-distance running.

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Kris Klavik

Oboe

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Sandy Whitaker

Biography forthcoming.

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Sarah Brown

Clarinet

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Margaret Gontrum

Sarah Brown is a Southwest Washington native, and currently teaches and performs in Oregon and Washington. She obtained her BM from Washington State University and her MM from Arizona State University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Robert Spring, Jorge Montilla, Dr. James Schoepflin, and Dr. Anthony Taylor; she has also worked with David Weber, Thomas Martin, Frank Kowalsky, and Alexander Fiterstein. Sarah is a passionate educator and maintains full private studios in Salem and Corvallis. She has served as an adjudicator and given master classes for music festivals and camps throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sarah performs with the Oregon Mozart Players, Corvallis-OSU Orchestra, Platypus Clarinet Orchestra, and the Simcha Klezmer Duo, and is an active sub with the Eugene Symphony. She has also performed with the Spokane Symphony, Spokane Metropolitan Opera, and the Idaho-Washington Symphony, and was a featured soloist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Spokane Symphony.

Joseph Hartman

Bassoon

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Bassoonist Joseph Hartman joined Oregon Mozart Players as second bassoon in 2015. He is also the principal bassoonist of the Eugene Concert Choir and has performed with other orchestras in Oregon including the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Newport Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, and other groups. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Oregon in 2011 studying with Dr. Steve Vacchi and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from Indiana University Bloomington studying with William Ludwig in 2013. In 2011, Hartman attended The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine.


Brass

David Kruse

Principal Horn

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Biography forthcoming.

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DavE Bender

Principal Trumpet

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
David Guy

Dave Bender is a freelance trumpet player living in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to playing with Oregon Mozart Players, Dave performs regularly with the Eugene Symphony, the Girl Circus Orchestra, the Fighting Instruments of Karma, the new bohemians, and the Eugene Hard Bop Collective. He composes, arranges, orchestrates, leads bands, andrecords. He is the trumpet teacher at Lane Community College, the brass coach of the Eugene Springfield Youth Symphonies, and maintains his own studio of 20 trumpet students.


Percussion

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Ian Kerr

Principal Timpani

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Biography forthcoming.

 

Keyboards

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John Jantzi

Principal Keyboard

2019-2020 Season Sponsor:
Linda Korth

Dr. John Jantzi is now in his twenty-fifth season with Oregon Mozart Players as Principal Keyboardist, performing on piano, harpsichord, and organ. After a decade of performing and directing both church and music theatre in Switzerland and Germany, John returned to Oregon to complete graduate studies in conducting and theory at the University of Oregon where he is on the faculty teaching theory courses at the School of Music and Dance. He has served as Chorus Master for the Eugene Symphony’s MASS by Leonard Bernstein, Chorus Director of the first Oregon Festival of American Music musical Of Thee I Sing by Gershwin, Music Director of Eugene Opera’s Artist Mentor Program, and held the position of Chorus Master for the Eugene Opera Company for over 20 years. Dr. Jantzi continues as The Eugene Gleemen Music Director since 2002 and is currently the organist at the historic First Christian Church where he has performed organ recitals for the Oregon Bach Festival.