Alex Conway – Flute/Piccolo

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Flutist Alex Conway is a freelance artist and educator in the Boston metropolitan area.  She plays regulary with the Commonwealth Lyric Theatre and the Bangor Symphony and has been a substitute musician for the Boston PopsNeponset Valley Orchestra (now called Symphony Nova), Cape Cod Symphony, Boston Civic Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, as well as the  Chicago Civic OrchestraBoston Opera CollaborativeOrlando Philharmonic and Marsh Chapel Collegium players. She is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University studying the flute music of early 20th century French composers.

Alex Conway is a graduate of Boston University and Oberlin Conservatory where she studied performance and pedagogy with Elizabeth Ostling, Michel Debost and Kathleen Chastain. Other teachers include Joshua Smith, Martha Aarons, Cindy Meyers, Bonita Boyd, Marco Granados and Laura Gilbert. She has also had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with Jeffrey Khaner, Emmanuel Pahud, Fenwick Smith, and Leone Buyse. Ms. Conway has performed with Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Oberlin Conservatory Orchestras, Aspen and Kent/ Blossom music festivals, and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. Ms. Conway has enjoyed working under such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, David Robertson, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Raphael Frübeck de Burgos and Fredrico Cortese. She has been a semi-finalist with the New World Symphony in Miami, an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

A dedicated teacher Ms. Conway was the graduate assistant to the flute studio at Boston University and a faculty member at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts , and the Youth & Muse Festival.  She has taught students from beginners to college students for the last 10 years. She is currently teaching at 77 Arts AcademyOak Meadow Montessori School,and Holy Name High School.

As a soloist Ms. Conway enjoys exploring the flute solo and chamber repertoire, and performing recitals for various occasions. She has given solo recitals at Boston University, Oberlin Conservatory, the spotlight recital series at Aspen Music Festival, and at the Museum of Modern art in Nice, France. Alex is the Founder and Artistic/ Executive director of New England Chamber Players which specializes in using interactive performances to bring emerging professional artists into communities across New England. Please visit www.newenglandchamberplayers.org for more information.

Ms. Conway was honored to be a finalist in the 33rd and 34th Annual Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, and recently received an Honorable Mention in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. She  was previously invited to participate in the National Flute Association Young Artist competition in 2008. She has also been the 1st prize holder in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s young musicians competition and received  ASCAP’s Ira Gershwin award for excellence in orchestral playing.


Gabriela Ruiz – Flute/Piccolo

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Gabriela Ruíz, a native of Texas, grew up in Houston where she first discovered her love for music. While attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Gabriela performed with the HSPVA Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony and the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra and studied privately with Jennifer Keeney. Gabriela received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Marianne Gedigian. She received her Master of Music degree from the Boston University College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Renée Krimsier. Gabriela has been a winner of the HSPVA and Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competitions and the Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Artist competition. She has also been a semi-finalist of the New World Symphony.

Gabriela has a passion for teaching students of all ages. In addition to her work at 77 Arts Academy, she has taught students of the Houston and Leander Independent School Districts, Longhorn Music Camp, Ip Piano School and the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest. She currently resides in Newton and continues to be an active performer, Chamber coach and teacher in Boston and surrounding areas. Gabriela has recently begun to explore the world of professional flute making, further expanding her knowledge of the flute.


 Robert Pettipaw – Sr.Trumpet

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      B.M. (Boston University); M.M. (NEC);  trumpet studies with Roger Voisin and Armando Ghitalla; conducting with Attilio Poto; former principal trumpet with Portland Maine Symphony; founder and leader of Cantabrigia Brass Quintet; performances with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera; former adjunct faculty MIT, University of Lowell and Brown University; Former Brass Dept. Co-ordinator, trumpet teacher and chamber music coach at Boston Conservatory.  Brass Chair of NEC Preparatory School.

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Andrew Knight – Sr.Trombone/Low Brass

Andrew Knight has been teaching low brass for nearly 20 years while playing solo, chamber, and orchestral engagements around the country. Andrew continues to perform while maintaining an active studio. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic de Acapulco, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplande Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and various pit orchestras in theaters around the Greater Boston area.

Andrewʼs studies include a Bachelor of Music Performance at Miami University, Ohio under John Seidel, a Master of Music Performance at Southern Methodist University under John Kitzman (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and Doctoral studies in Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University under Edwin Anderson (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Scott Hartman (Empire Brass, Proteus 7), and Pete Ellefson (Seattle Symphony Orchestra). While at Indiana University he spent extensive study and performance time in the Jazz department with the legendary jazz educator David Baker.

Andrew began teaching his first student while an undergraduate at Miami University and has continued teaching since then in Texas, Indiana, and Massachusetts. He currently maintains a studio of students from beginner through high school studying trombone, euphonium, and tuba.


Matthew Dykeman – Clarinet

Matt Dykeman headshotMatt Dykeman is a nationally recognized clarinetist on the performing and teaching scene. A native of Annapolis Maryland, he began playing music at the age of 4 as a pianist before adopting the clarinet years later.

Mr. Dykeman has performed frequently as a symphony, band and solo musician, most notably as a soloist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist on National Public Radio’s From The Top. In 2008, he was selected as a Merit Award winner by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, one of five clarinetists in the United States to be honored with distinction. Recent professional opportunities include guest bass clarinetist with the Mid-Atlantic and Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestras. An enthusiast of chamber music literature, Mr. Dykeman was a performer in the 2014 season of the Riversdale Chamber Series as a member of the F11NE Quintet, and was a semi-finalist in the Junior Division of the 2008 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Skittle Alley Trio.

As an instructor, Mr. Dykeman has taught clarinet and piano, both privately and as part of festivals and schools. He was brought on in 2009 as an instructor at the Potomac Wind Academy, and continued as clarinet teacher at Colerain (OH) High School. His musical education began at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the tutelage of David Drosinos, and later at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Jonathan Gunn. Mr. Dykeman is currently an Admissions & Alumni Relations Assistant with National Public Radio’s From The Top.