Jennet Ingle, Oboe

oboe soloist | reimagined & reinvented | april 15, 2018

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Jennet Ingle loves the oboe. She has built an active career around performing, teaching, making reeds for and writing about it, and believes deeply that everyone else loves it, too. Perhaps they just don’t know it yet.

Ever since her first appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in high school, she has been addicted to concerto performances. She’ll play a concerto now at the drop of a hat – seriously, just drop a hat and she’ll play. In March 2007, she was honored to perform the world premiere of Doug Lofstrom’s Oboe Concertino, a work commissioned for her by the New Philharmonic Orchestra and the College of DuPage. Another recent favorite was the 2004 Oboe Concerto by Christopher Rouse, which she presented with the South Bend Symphony in 2016.

Like many 21st Century musicians, Jennet’s career is cobbled together from numerous sources. She has been Principal Oboist of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra since 2006, and serves as Instructor of Oboe at Valparaiso University. With the South Bend Symphony Wind Quintet she does frequent concerts and educational presentations throughout the community. She also performs as Principal Oboe with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and has a fleet of private students, all of whom actually practice. This might be luck, but she chooses to believe that it’s the magic of the oboe working on them.

Jennet’s passion for performance and outreach led her in 2013 to create Musicians for Michiana, a chamber music series dedicated to connecting musicians and audiences with local non-profit organizations to the benefit of all.

All professional oboists make their own reeds, but Jennet has taken this task to new levels. As the owner and operator of Jennet Ingle Reeds, she makes and sells over a hundred handmade reeds every month to oboists all over the country. For the past five summers she has run an Oboe Reed Boot Camp to teach the craft to others, and last year she began a series of monthly Reeding Circles, in which reedmakers of various abilities can come together to learn new tricks and techniques from each other as they work socially.

In her spare time, Jennet pours her energy into Prone Oboe, a blog about her active life and a behind-the-scenes look at the process of learning, teaching, and performing music at a high level.

Jennet is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer.

Joshua Brown, Violin

violin soloist | pipe dreams | june 2 and 3, 2018

 Photo by sebastian orr

Photo by sebastian orr

Joshua Brown received glowing reviews for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of fifteen.  “Had he played from behind a curtain, you wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown…was only 15,” wrote  “His interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first violin concerto was so maturely wrought that it might have come from a seasoned professional.  Brilliantly played and expertly paced, Brown’s performance checked into every emotional corner of [the] work … Brown was spellbinding throughout his entire time on stage.”  The Plain Dealer described Brown’s performance as “stunning” and "on an Olympian level…Brown played with such assurance that it was easy to forget he was a young teenager.”

A recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago since 2016, Joshua plays on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona.  Joshua has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, and he has made solo appearances on NPR’s nationally syndicated program From the Top and on WFMT’s Introductions.  In addition to performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, he performs regularly with other orchestras.  This past season Joshua had eight performances with orchestra for which he garnered continued praise from critics (Chicago Classical Review:  "...his lithe playing betrays a musical maturity beyond his 17 years……the young man played with great poise and a silken tone……and is clearly someone to watch in years to come.”)

In addition to winning First Prize in dozens of regional and national competitions, Joshua has been a top prize winner in many international competitions.  He was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition in Ohio.  Also in 2015, Joshua received more awards than any other participant at the 2015 IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians held in Novosibirsk, Russia, taking home the Audience Award, Special Prize, the Academy of Arts Golden Medal, and the Siberian Academy of Arts Talent Award.  He also had the honor of performing in the First Prize Winners Gala Concert, being formally invited to perform with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, and traveling to Moscow to perform as part of the Stars of the Tchaikovsky Competition’s First International Tchaikovsky Festival.

More recently, Joshua was a top prize winner in the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he was awarded the Grand Prize for Violin in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition, receiving the highest score in the history of the competition, across all ages and all divisions.  Joshua was also named the 2016/2017 American Prize Winner for Instrumental Performance, and he was a National YoungArts Winner in both 2016 and 2017.  

Joshua studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Academy, an elite training program for advanced pre-college musicians.  He has been the scholarship recipient of the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship for the past three years. Other scholarships include the North Shore Chamber Music Festival’s 2017 Haag/Galvin Young Artist and Arkady Fomin Scholarship, the American Opera Society of Chicago’s 2016 Eleanor Pearce Sherwin Scholarship, the Highland Park Music Club Scholarship,  the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago Scholarship, and the MIC Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship.  Joshua has had the privilege of taking lessons and master classes with Pinchas Zukerman, Donald Weilerstein, Aaron Rosand, Philippe Quint, Rachel Barton Pine, and Ilya Kaler, among others.