Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet
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Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet

2023-2025 Performers

The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet of 2021-2023 is comprised of musicians from the California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. All five members share a passion for chamber music and strive to cultivate their own unique chamber sound. Along with competing in national chamber group competitions, the group engages in community outreach throughout Arizona. In their spare time, the group enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful Sonoran Desert that surrounds the University of Arizona. Their close friendships mirror their collaboration as musicians.

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Clarissa Tracy recently graduated with her Masters degree in Music Performance and a Film Certificate at Arizona State University studying flute under Dr. Elizabeth Buck and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at The University of Arizona studying under Dr. Brian Luce. Clarissa also graduated with a Bachelor in Music Performance at Brigham Young University- Idaho studying under Dr. Nadine Watson Luke in which she has enjoyed many musical opportunities. Continuing her professional development, in 2023, Clarissa has been an adjudicator for the AMEA Regional Honor band and was also involved in Arizona’s featured flute choir DEF Project performing at Arizona Flute fest and gave a performance at NFA’s 2023 flute convention in Phoenix. In recent years, Clarissa has subbed for the Idaho Falls Symphony and enjoys orchestral repertoire as well as other contemporary genres such as flute beatboxing. Clarissa is considered an interdisciplinary artist as she combines film with electronic composition, flute, beatboxing and other forms to create new art. She was awarded in the Flutacious Digital Content Contest for her arrangement of Karg Elert’s 6th etude for flute beatboxing entitled “DAUNTLESS” which highlighted both her compositional and videography skills. Orchestrally, she was also chosen as the Concerto competition winner for the BYU-I Department of Music performing with the BYU-I Symphony Orchestra. As the winner of the 2018 Musicfest Northwest Young Artist competition, she has soloed with the Spokane Symphony. Clarissa has also participated in many organizations and masterclasses nationwide as first chair in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the Young Adult Honors Wind Ensemble, a performer at The Consummate Flutist with guest artist Marianne Gedigian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a performer at Jim Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass in Los Angeles with guest artist Denis Bouriakov. Clarissa has also enjoyed study abroad opportunities during her undergraduate degree as she traveled to Germany, Italy, Austria, and France studying music history. During Clarissa’s senior year of high school, she had the opportunity to travel with the Pacific Honors Ensemble Program to the Queensland Conservatory in Australia. Clarissa looks forward to helping others through the art of flute playing. When not practicing her instrument, she enjoys hobbies such as singing, yoga, skiing, and ballroom dancing.

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Eric Heatherley is a Masters student at The University of Arizona studying Music Performance. Eric is a Texas native and received his Bachelors in Music Education from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. During that time he was a student of Dr. Rachel Messing and previously under Dr. Evelyn McCarty. Growing up in a musical family, he started learning instruments at a young age and found his love for the oboe while in high school. While originally playing the saxophone and piano, he decided on a whim to give the oboe a try because his director needed one for their high school band and from then on it was decided that the oboe was his. During  his undergraduate he performed with the Islander Winds Wind Quintet and toured in Texas, and was also a part of an outreach program giving music lessons to middle school students. Eric has a passion for performing and teaching music and has hopes of teaching oboe at the collegiate level and one day performing with a symphony orchestra. He wants to continue to expand his musical knowledge and performance ability so he can fulfill his dreams as a professional musician. He is extremely grateful and excited to be here and continue his education in Tucson with Dr. Sara Fraker.

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Cameron Galvin is a clarinetist from Grand Junction, Colorado. He began playing music when he was 11 years old, playing trumpet in his middle school band. Eventually, wanting to change instrument, he began playing clarinet a year later in 7th grade and stuck with it. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of Arizona School of Music under the direction of Dr. Jackie Glazier. He got his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Colorado Mesa University in the spring of 2022 under the direction of Dr. Jun Watabe. Cameron is currently the clarinetist for the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet and the principal clarinet of  the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Cameron has also served as the principal clarinet for the Colorado Mesa University Wind Symphony, and the bass clarinet for the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble. He also spends much of his time playing with various chamber groups including: the Arizona Contemporary Ensemble, the “Tumblereeds” reed quintet, and various clarinet chamber ensembles in his time at University of Arizona and Colorado Mesa. He won his first professional position in 2021, winning the second clarinet position with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. This was one of the most important positions he has served as Cameron gained valuable experience and knowledge of how to perform at a professional level from his instructor Dr. Jun Watabe who was the principal clarinetist of the orchestra. He continues to work on achieving his goal of having a career playing in professional orchestras. When he is not performing or practicing, Cameron enjoys watching sports, particularly football and his home state team the Broncos. He also enjoys using his free time playing games online with his childhood friends from Colorado.   

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Jason Frogget grew up in the Northern Nevada area. He has played horn in the Reno area for over a decade, performing regularly with the Reno Pops Orchestra and Toccata Tahoe Symphony and Chorus as well as making appearances with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Municipal Band, Reno Wind Symphony, Carson City Symphony, and Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. Jason has also performed for Good Luck Macbeth’s performance of Young Frankenstein as well as Pinkerton Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Jason’s performances have taken him all over the country including performances at Disney Concert Hall in Las Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Jason recently received his Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno under the guidance of Dr. Natalie Higgins. During his studies at UNR, Jason participated with the Woodwind Quintet for four years and regularly held leadership positions in the Symphony Orchestra and Nevada Wind Ensemble. Jason is currently pursuing his Masters in Horn Performance with Johanna Lundy. Jason recently won the 4th horn position with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. Additionally Jason is a TikTok creator where he regularly posts covers of popular tunes as well as providing informational videos about topics related to the horn. When he is not busy performing on the stage, he can be seen backstage as a sound technician and stagehand. Jason is happily married to his wife, Melina, and enjoys spending time with their orange cat, Pancake. 

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Christopher Werner (he/they), is a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance student at the University of Arizona, Tucson, studying with Dr. Marissa Olegario. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Cal Poly Humboldt University, where he studied bassoon with Virgina Ryder. They received a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Idaho, Moscow, where they studied with Dr. Javier Rodriguez. A native of the East Bay Area in California, they have performed as a freelance artist in wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber groups, and even pep bands all over California, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Missouri, Kansas, and now Arizona. They have been a featured  soloist with Kansas City’s Mid-America Freedom Band. They have a passion for music education and champion equity, diversity, and access in music spaces and classrooms. Chris has taught middle school choir and band, elementary instrumental music, and coached high school marching band woodwind sections. Chris performs a variety of repertoire, focusing on music by non-white and non-male composers whenever possible. In the future, Chris wants to continue their pedagogy practice from a feminist perspective, working to decentralize white supremacy in academia and music making. Chris also does whatever they can to make music from an eco-conscious standpoint. Chris has a project in the works to commission new works featuring the bassoon by queer artists, in the hopes of performing, championing, and recording them to raise awareness of the injustices against the LGBTQIA+ community around the world. In their free time, Chris enjoys community building, outdoor activities like hiking and camping, cooking, attending drag shows, a cold beer with friends, and exploring wherever they are currently living.

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