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Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet
Nicolasa Kuster
Member of PAWQ
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet

The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet (PAWQ), artists-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music, carries on a long tradition of outstanding woodwind quintet performance at the Conservatory beginning in 1970. The ensemble has performed for school groups, community concert organizations, professional musician associations, teacher conventions, and music festivals including two recent tours to Panama. PAWQ members include:

Mathew Krejci, flute
Jesse Barrett and Kyle Bruckmann, oboes
Patricia Shands, clarinet
Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon
Sadie Glass, horn

The ensemble premiered John Steinmetz’s Three Pieces for Ten Winds (2013) on University of the Pacific's campus with the composer co-performing. View the concert here. To learn more about the piece, read the album notes from the commercial recording of the work completed later that year in Arizona in collaboration with Mill Ave Chamber players, a member of which is a graduate of Pacific.

To address the historical trend that music composed by women accounts for only a small percentage of pieces performed by most professional ensembles, PAWQ is committed to exploring and performing such works at every concert. Some of the composers included so far are: Claude Arrieu (1903-1990), Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Elsa Barraine (1910-1999), Ruth Crawford-Seeger (1901-1953), Yvonne Desportes (1907-1993), Barbara Harbach (b. 1946), Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962), HyeKyung Lee (b. 1959), Xinyan Li (b. 1978), Amy Riebs Mills (b. 1955), Geraldine Mucha (1917-2012), and Katherine Ann Murdock (b. 1949).

If you are interested in a performance and/or master class, PAWQ offers a wide range of programs to satisfy diverse audiences. For informal settings, selections representing numerous composers and styles are interspersed with discussions on performance problems (and solutions). Approximately 30-45 minutes in length, this format is ideal in a school setting and may be followed by group clinics on like-instruments. For formal occasions, the Quintet performs a full-length program of standard wind quintet repertoire.  

For information regarding fees and scheduling, please contact  Nicolasa Kuster or call 209.946.2708.