Weddings and Special Events: Windology puts a unique touch on your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour with an arrangement of instruments not typical of a traditional wedding ensemble. We offer both traditional and non traditional music for your special day, and we are happy to custom arrange your favorite songs. Whether you want to walk down the aisle to Wagner, Pachelbel, The Beatles, or Queen, we can accommodate your wishes! Musicians are available for trios, quartets, and full quintet.
School Programs: Looking for an assembly to introduce classical music to your elementary school? Or a chamber music program for your middle or high school band? We offer both!
The Windology Chamber Music Ensemble will be happy to work with you in creating a program for your elementary school students to tell a story through music. Get your students up, moving, and loving music through tales such as Peter and the Wolf or The Carnival of the Animals. Our ensemble boasts two certified music educators, so you know that our presentation is high quality.
Are you a middle or high school instrumental teacher looking to create a chamber music opportunity for your wind students? We can help! Windology offers coaching to student chamber ensembles, including a chamber concert at your school with your students and members of Windology side-by-side! Members of Windology have experience teaching music both in the classroom and in the private and group lesson settings, and are comfortable working with your students to bring out their chamber music talents.
Allison Lacasse has been a music teacher in the Chelmsford Public Schools for eight years, and currently is a Band Director at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford. Allison is an active orchestral flutist and chamber musician in the Greater Boston area. She received Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Rhode Island (2007) and a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College (2009). Her website is www.allisonlacasse.com.
Melanie Hayn started her musical pursuits on the flute, transitioned to oboe at 16, and continued her musical studies while earning her BS and MS in Environmental Science at Cornell University. Since moving to Cape Cod in 2005 to study marine ecosystem science in Woods Hole, Melanie has performed with the Tri-County Symphonic Band, Cape Community Band, and the Falmouth Theatre Guild. She currently plays oboe and English horn with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, and can often be caught performing music of diverse styles with local chamber ensembles (when she's not scuba diving for mud samples, of course).
Katelain Tavares began learning clarinet at the age of eleven. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Literature from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. She received her Master of Arts in Historical Musicology from Tufts University in 2006. Along with Windology, Katelain performs with the American Band, the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra, and the occasional theatre ensemble. She teaches clarinet and saxophone privately in Providence, RI, where she lives with her husband, Jason, and mini schnauzer, Jack. Her website is www.riclarinet.com.
Sheri Fernandes is a Professor of Music Theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music and an active freelance horn player in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is currently the Associate Principal Horn in the American Band of Providence Rhode Island and will joining the Quincy Symphony Orchestra at the start of their 2015-2016 season. In addition, Sheri has performed with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra (including a solo performance), the Bel Canto Opera Company, the Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra, the Southcoast Summer Chamber Orchestra along with many area college ensembles and theater pit orchestras. Her website is sherifernandes.com.
Mark Thornton began private lessons on Piano at age 7, Saxophone at age 9 and Bassoon at age 13. He studied privately for 9 years with Cynthia Estill, principal Bassoonist with the Nashville Symphony. While in High School, Mark was selected for American Musical Ambassadors and McDonald's All American High School Band. While attending Middle Tennessee State University on a Bassoon Scholarship, he played in various ensembles including Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble. After college, Mark played with the Nashville Community Concert Band, Williamson County Community Concert Band, Moonlighters Big Band, and Radio Daze Big Band.
Upon moving to Rhode Island, Mark played with the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, the American Band and the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra. He is currently playing with the Warwick Symphony (bassoon and contrabassoon), the Metropolitan Wind Symphony (principal bass clarinet), the Sultans of Sax (baritone sax), the Ocean State Clarinet Choir (contra, alto, and contrabass clarinets), and with Windology (bassoon). Mark is also active playing in pit orchestras for local theater companies.