Stamps Woodwind Quintet

  1. Alyssa Mena

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    Alyssa Mena, flute, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies flute privately with Trudy Kane. A native of Miami, Florida she graduated high school from the New World School of the Arts (NWSA). Mena began playing the flute at age 11. While at NWSA, she served as the principal chair from freshman year on. In the summer of 2013 she participated in the World Youth Wind Symphony at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2014, Alyssa Mena was one of the featured laureate soloists for the NWSA Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners’ concert. In 2015 she received national recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation where she was selected as a YoungArts merit winner in classical flute. She also participated in the Florida All-State Band and Wind Symphony, as well as the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra where she was principal flute and piccolo for three years.

    Instrument: Flute

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019

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  2. Dominick Metro

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    Dominick Metro, clarinet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He studies privately with Dr. Margaret Donaghue. Metro started playing piano at the age of four, adding clarinet at age eight. He attended Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida where he was first chair clarinet in Wind Ensemble all four years, under the direction of Trey Harris and Jose Eslava. Outside of school, Metro participated in the Florida Youth Artist Orchestra for seven years as principle clarinet and for five years in the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy, both under the direction of Dr. Alvaro Gomez. Dominick placed as first chair at Tri-State and earned distinct recognition and accolades at All-State for five years, including serving as principal in the All-State Orchestra during his senior year of high school. Dominick Metro was named a Stetson Young Artist via the Stetson Young Artist Soloist Competition from 2012 to 2014 and has also performed with the University of Central Florida’s top jazz ensemble. He also participated in the Seminole County All County Band for seven consecutive years and has studied primarily under Lynn Musco, professor of clarinet at Stetson University, for four years.

    Instrument: Clarinet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019

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  3. Natalie Miller

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    Natalie Miller, French horn, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Miller attended Keller High School in Texas where she studied privately with Karen Houghton. During her time in high school she was a four-year member of Keller High School’s varsity marching band and was the French horn section leader for two years. Natalie made the Texas All-State band her junior and senior year, and placed in the highest orchestra both years. In 2014, her horn quartet placed 1st at the Texas Christian University Hornfest High School Horn Quartet Competition and in 2015 she received an honorable mention in the TCU Hornfest High School Solo Competition. She was also a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras for 3 years.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019

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  4. Marissa Takaki

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    Marissa Takaki, bassoon, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies bassoon privately with Gabriel Beavers. From Glenview, Illinois, Marissa Takaki has been playing the bassoon since 2008, and also plays clarinet. Takaki accredits many of her musical opportunities to her youth orchestra of five years, Midwest Young Artists (MYA), where she served as principal of their Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Honors Wind Symphony. She was also a member of the MYA Summer Festival Orchestra and Wind Symphony from 2010-2012 and served as principal for four years in the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra, Glenbrook South Symphonic Winds and in 2014 with the ILMEA All-State Honors Band. She also participated in the Chicago Youth in Music Festival in 2013 and 2015. At Interlochen, she served as principal of the Interlochen Philharmonic in 2014 and studied primarily with Jeff Keesecker. Her woodwind quintet, Quintet Finale, was accepted to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and she has worked with notable conductors including Carlos Miguel Prieto, Cliff Colnot, Riccardo Muti, Ken Lam, Keith Lockhart, Dr. Carolyn Watson, Octavio Mas-Arocas, Dr. Allan Dennis and more.

    Instrument: Bassoon

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019

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  5. Antonio Urrutia

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    Antonio Urrutia, oboe, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019. He studies privately with Robert Weiner. Antonio Urrutia hails from Miami, Florida. While attending Ransom Everglades School, Urrutia participated in All-State solo and ensemble competitions where for four consecutive years he received “superior” and “superior with distinction” ratings. In 2015 he was selected to perform on the nationally broadcast radio show NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, which highlights the country’s most talented young musicians. He also performed with the New World Symphony in their side-by-side concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also been a member of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra, which performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and studied with Robert Sheena and John Ferrillo, principal English hornist and principal oboist respectively of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and renowned international soloist Nancy Ambrose King.

    Instrument: Oboe

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019

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Stamps Woodwind Quintet