CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Powers Woodwind Quintet
CMU music faculty members
Joanna Cowan White, Flute;
Lindabeth Bikley, Oboe;
Kennen White, Clarinet;
MaryBeth Minnis, Bassoon;
Bruce Bonnell, Horn; perform and gives clinics around Michigan and the midwest. The ensemble, formed in 1963, has also played in Japan. Members of the quintet play in many other groups including the Midland, Saginaw, and Grand Rapids Symphonies, Swannanoa Chamber Players, Crescent Duo, Central Michigan Reed Trio, and Concert d'amis. The quintet can be heard on The Brementown Musicians CD from Centaur Records.
The Members of the Powers Quintet take part in Central Michigan University's annual Instrumental Workshop, usually in November. Band Directors may register to bring 2 students on each instrument for a day of workshops and clinics. For fees and schedule information, contact the Central Michigan University School of Music in the fall at 989-772-3281.
Reviews (Brementown Musicians)
“Quintet aficionados will want to have this terrific disk” - The Clarinet
The Eclectic Trio features
Joanna Cowan White, flute;
Kennen White, clarinet; and
John Nichol, saxophone. The works they have commissioned for the ensemble can be heard on White Pine Music and Centaur Records. They also perform with percussionist, Andrew Spencer, on Woodwind Echoes.
White, Kennen; White, Joanna; Nichol, John, "Empfohlene Werke für die Besetzung Flöte/Klarinetter/Saxophon und für Flöte/Klarinette und Klarinette/Saxophon", White, Kennen; White, Joanna; and Nichol, John, Rohrblatt: Die Zeitschrift für Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott und Saxophon. 3 pp February, 2008.
Kennen; White, Joanna; Nichol, John, "The Eclectic Trio: Recommended Trios and Duos for Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone", The Clarinet, 5 pages, Journal of the International Clarinet Association, premier journal for clarinets vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 35-37 (2006)
The Crescent Duo, founded in 1985, can be heard on White Pine Music and Centaur Records. Members include
Joanna White, flute;
Kennen White, clarinet; The Duo performs frequently and have been featured at International Clarinet Association and the National Flute Association Conventions. The Crescent Duo is especially involved in commissioning new works for flute and clarinet, both as a duo and as a member of the Flute Clarinet Duos Consortium.
“Light effervescent music played with tremendous flair and vitality…The stylish, technically expert playing of all the musicians is captured perfectly by the sound engineers. This is far too good a disc to be confined to just a (relatively) few connoisseurs of wind chamber music.” Music Web (UK)
“This is top quality playing with impeccable ensemble and intonation and an immaculate sense of style and polish.” Pan Magazine (Great Britain)
“Ensemble precision and impeccable intonation are a hallmark, as well as beautiful tones and clean articulation…Balance, blend and timbral polish is beautiful. The intricate rhythmic content and technical challenges are played with aplomb…” The Clarinet
“The performances are excellent individually and as an ensemble. Good balance, compatible tone qualities, perfect intonation, and chamber music flexibility are demonstrated throughout. Devotees of woodwind chamber music would appreciate the expertise of the players and the interesting compositions.” The Instrumentalist
“This is an especially demanding program both tonally and rhythmically and the performers were stellar in their approach to the music.” NACWPI Journal
“The Crescent Duo plays the music flawlessly and with such virtuosic skill…” South Central Music Bulletin.
“It is for these three admirable contributions to the neoclassic wind chamber music repertoire that I will return with gratitude to this very nicely played and recorded anthology.” American Record Guide