LINDSBORG— The Konza Wind Quintet will perform at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery on April 15, at 2 p.m. The quintet is composed of Karen McLaughlin Large on flute and piccolo, Alyssa Morris on oboe and English horn, Tod Kerstetter on clarinet, Susan Maxwell on bassoon, and Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter on horn. The concert is the final performance for the Sandzen Gallery's 2017-18 chamber music series.
The Konza Wind Quintet is the resident woodwind chamber ensemble at the school of music, theatre, and dance at Kansas State University. It was founded in 1999 as the Konza Prairie Chamber Players by flutist Mary Lee Cochran, clarinetist Tod Kerstetter, bassoonist Bruce Gbur, and hornist Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter. The group changed its name to the Konza Wind Quintet upon the addition of oboist Nora Lewis and bassoonist Susan Maxwell to the K-State music faculty in 2008. Since that time, different musicians rotated into the group. In addition to performing recitals each semester on campus at K-State, the quintet has performed throughout Kansas and at multiple music conventions.
Flutist Karen McLaughlin Large joined the K-State music faculty in 2011. She teaches flute, music theory, flute methods, world music, and directs the KSU flute ensemble. Dr. Large earned multiple degrees from Florida State University and, in the fall of 2018, she will return to her alma mater to teach.
New to the K-State music faculty in 2017-18, oboist Alyssa Morris has delighted audiences around the world with her musicianship. She has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Western Europe. She has also worked as a composer and has been commissioned to write for many groups.
A founding member of the Konza Wind Quintet, Dr. Tod Kerstetter has served on the faculty of K-State since 1999. A member of the International Clarinet Association, Kerstetter has been a frequent performer in the United States and Europe. As a highly experienced orchestral musician he has performed on clarinets and saxophones with a variety of symphonies and also performs frequently as a jazz artist on both clarinet and saxophone. An advocate of new music for clarinet, Kerstetter has been involved in many commissioning projects and is an active arranger, editor, and publisher.
Susan Gustavson Maxwell has dedicated her career to three dimensions of musicianship: teacher, performer, and reed maker/tool designer. Currently at K-State, she teaches bassoon studio and music theory. Maxwell is also the sole proprietor of Maxwell Bassoon Products and the internationally known Maxwell Bassoon Profiler.
Also a founding member of the Konza Wind Quartet, Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter has been a member of the music faculty at Kansas State University since 1999. Jacqueline has participated in residencies and performed for audiences of all ages throughout the state of Kansas. She has performed as horn soloist with the K-State orchestra, bands, and clarinet choir, and was featured as a soloist on the K-State Symphony Band’s South Pacific tour.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the concert, however, donations are appreciated. For further information, please call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email email@example.com.