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NU Quintet was formed to establish a NU tradition that celebrates and expands the wind quintet by reimagining repertoire, performance, and the classical music culture.
Kim Lewis is a New York-based flutist with immense passion as a performer and teacher. Kim has received first place in the New Jersey Flute Society Concerto Competition, as well as the Central Ohio Flute Association Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Central NJ Symphony and The Chelsea Symphony in NYC. Chamber ensembles that Kim has collaborated with have received honors in the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition and the Douglas Wayland Chamber Competition. Kim is a founding member of NU, a NYC based woodwind quintet that celebrates and expands the wind quintet by reimagining repertoire, performance, and the classical music culture. As a freelance musician in NYC, Kim frequently performs with the Chelsea Symphony. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Conor Nelson, and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Linda Chesis.
MICHAEL DWINELL is an oboist based in New York City. Recent performances include concerts with the Chelsea Symphony, Adelphi Orchestra, Roosevelt Island Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, New England Symphonic Ensemble, New Amsterdam Opera, the Riverside Orchestra, and as part of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2019 Young Artist Series. Previous credits include Broadway reviews at the Madison Theatre featuring Liz Calloway, Annie Golden, Howard McGillin, and many more, the South Shore Symphony’s concert production of Hit the Deck, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Nokia Live and Honda Center, and the Hollywood Symphony’s Music in the Life of a Great City. His playing can be heard on NAXOS and Toccata Classic Records labels in the award-winning recordings of Much Ado About Nothing, The Nutcracker, and Oklahoma!. He holds degrees in Oboe and Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music and is the founding oboist of Nu.
Dr. Kathryn Vetter is the founding clarinetist of Nu. Kathryn is a music professor at Five Towns College and Mannes Prep–The New School and was the Spring 2022 Visiting Clarinet Professor at University of Oklahoma. Kathryn was selected as one of four musicians to perform works by Georges Aperghis at Biennale Musica 2022 in Venice, Italy. In 2018, she won the Contemporary Performance Competition at the Cortona Sessions in Cortona, Italy. Most recently, she has performed at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Reno, Nevada, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. As an orchestral musician, Kathryn has performed with the Painted Sky Opera, Norman Philharmonic, Ohio Light Opera, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, and Juilliard Lab Orchestra. Kathryn regularly performs contemporary music and has premiered over sixty solo and chamber works for clarinet and bass clarinet.
Tylor Thomas started his musical journey as a bassoonist from Anchorage, Alaska. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Boston Conservatory and his Master’s and Professional Studies Diploma in Performance at the Mannes School of Music. An active performer and educator in New York, Tylor was a fellow with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Mentorship Program for three years, where he now is Manager of Youth Programs, running the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, an afterschool music program in Hell's Kitchen, NYC. As a freelance bassoonist, Tylor plays with orchestras like the American Composers Orchestra, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and Martha Graham's Dance Company.
From 2018-19, Tylor was accepted as a fellow in the Global Leaders Program, an international teaching artistry program. During this time he taught, performed, and advocated for music education and performance in Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Singapore. This experience reinforced Tylor’s desire to be a strong advocate for the importance of music accessibility to children on a global scale, as well as the greater public. Tylor will be continuing the Global Leaders Program to earn an MBA in Arts Innovatio, Fall 2022-2023.
Blair Hamrick, an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music Professional Studies degree, is a freelance horn performer in New York City. While teaching and pursuing her Doctorate at Stony Brook University, she performs with groups including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, and School of American Ballet Orchestra. Blair has performed at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival with eGALitarian Brass and taught in educational residencies at Rutgers University and the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival. Blair premiered the solo horn piece, Fólkvangr by Jason Mulligan at the International Horn Society conference in Belgium , Variations on a Chromatic Line for horn and piano at the University of New Mexico Composer Symposium and plans to bring more solo horn repertoire to the forefront. Before moving to New York, she performed at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with the Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic for ballets, piano concerto competitions, and pops concerts."