Amy Goeser Kolb is assistant professor of oboe and theory at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Prior to her appointment at Oregon, she was a faculty member at Wichita State University, a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, principal oboe of the Wichita Symphony, and director of development for Chamber Music at the Barn in Wichita, Kansas.
As an advocate of new music, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded more than 100 new works, collaborating with composers from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Central and South America, and the United States. She has been the recipient of commissioning grants from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, the German Government, and private donors. She spent nearly 10 years in Germany premiering new works written for her and Trio Akkobasso (oboe, accordion, double bass). She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone, WDR (West German Radio), Koch/Schwann/Aulos, Antes, and Equilibrium Labels. While in Europe, she freelanced with many orchestras and was a member of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Philharmonic, Ensemble Cologne, and Ensemble Avance in Germany. In 1993 she traveled extensively throughout Japan and Canada with the Takagaki Koto Ensemble of Japan.
Still relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys freelancing with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Symphony in Portland, and Portland Opera and Ballet, and is a member of the Eugene Opera Orchestra. During the summers she performs with the Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music at the Barn in Kansas and has appeared at the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California and the Cascade Summer Music Festival in Bend, Oregon. She has also become a guest lecturer for the Elderhostel program coordinated through the Oregon Bach Festival and has recently offered master classes and recitals at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berklee College, and Cal Arts.
Pianist Laura Kennedy has distinguished herself across the nation as a solo performer as well as accompanist and chamber musician. On National Public Radio’s Performance Today, she has been featured in all three capacities. Chamber music collaborations include performances with the Florida Symphony Chamber Players, the Fairmount String Quartet, Composers in Red Sneakers, and the Ibis Chamber Ensemble. Kennedy has performed in recitals with such performers as David Perry, Donald McInnes, Joseph Robinson, Steven Elisha, and Laszlo Varga. She has also performed throughout the United States with violinist Brian Lewis, with whom she has collaborated with for more than twenty years. Kennedy has performed in Avery Fisher Hall at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the MusiConnections series and the What Makes It Great? series in Kansas City for Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, the Monadnock Music Festival, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Kennedy has also performed live in recital with Brian Lewis on Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT, which was broadcast to more than 2 million people. As a member of the faculty at the Killington Music Festival and the Ottawa, Seattle, and Hartford Suzuki Institutes, she has accompanied in master classes for Dorothy DeLay, Margaret Pardee, William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Catherine Cho, Brian Lewis, and David Cerone. Coming from a long line of musicians, Kennedy enjoys concertizing with brother Joseph Scheer and daughter Clara Kennedy, cellist and recent graduate of the Juilliard School. Kennedy has recently recorded two CDs entitled New World and Pieces in Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with violinists Brian Lewis and composer/violinist Michael McLean. This past summer Kennedy played with Brian Lewis in the Starling-DeLay Symposium at the Juilliard School and assisted young violinists from around the world in the symposium master classes. Upcoming performances include concerts on the Ibis Chamber Music series in Washington, DC and Japan.