NELLIE DIXON, BASSOON
Nellie Dixon earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from Northwestern University, studying with Robert Barris. Her other teachers include Willard Elliot, Sydney Rosenberg, and Russ Bedford. As a freelance musician, she has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Suzuki and Friends and the Peoria Bach Festival among others. She and her husband have two children and are avid scuba divers.
Roger garrett, clarinet
Since the fall of 1988 Roger Garrett has been the full time clarinet professor at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where his duties include teaching the Clarinet Studio, Symphonic Winds, and teaching the Fundamentals of Conducting Classes.
Mr. Garrett began his clarinet performance career at the age of seventeen as a guest soloist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He has since performed within the ranks of several professional orchestras, and is currently Principal Clarinetist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in Peoria, Illinois.
Professor Garrett graduated With Distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with multiple degrees in Music Education with extensive study in the areas of clarinet performance and instrumental conducting. Prior to accepting his current position at Illinois Wesleyan University, Mr. Garrett taught instrumental music and general music in the public schools of Longview, Washington, and Bozeman, Montana. Professor Garrett has guest conducted throughout the state of Illinois as well as in Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, and Sweden.
David Gresham, Clarinet
Clarinetist David Gresham has appeared as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in over thirty countries and across the United States. In fall of 2011 he presented a solo recital at the American Music Week Festival on Gulangyu Island, Fujian Province, China. Dr. Gresham has also given six recitals in Japan, a nine-concert recital tour of South America as an Artistic Ambassador sponsored by the United States Information Agency, and given solo performances in England, Italy and Canada.
As a soloist with orchestra Dr. Gresham has appeared in Japan, Germany, Portugal, England, Ukraine and the United States. As a chamber musician, Dr. Gresham has collaborated with pianist Ursula Oppens, violist Donald McGinnis, pianist Mikola Suk, violinist Mark Steinberg, pianist Benjamin Loeb, the Parnassus Contemporary Music Ensemble, composer/conductor Oliver Knussen, the Almeda Trio, among many others. From 1992 to 2009 he performed with the New York based new music group, Continuum, with which he appeared frequently in New York City, and on tour throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Central Asia.
Dr. Gresham is Associate Professor of Music at Illinois State University. In addition to concertizing, he frequently gives master classes at colleges and music schools in the U. S. and abroad. He performs with the Sonneries woodwind quintet, the duo Difference Tones with flutist Kimberly Risinger, and is a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Dr. Gresham attended the University of South Carolina, the Manhattan School of Music, and earned his doctorate from The Juilliard School.
Roger Roe, Oboe
Roger Roe assumed his duties as English Horn/Assistant Principal Oboe of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1995. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University and Arts Magnet High School in Dallas and studied with John Mack and Eric Barr. Before coming to Indianapolis, he held oboe and English horn positions with the orchestras of Honolulu and Charleston, South Carolina.
Before joining the IU faculty, Mr. Roe served on the faculty of DePauw University for six years. In addition to solo appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on oboe, oboe d'amore, and English horn, Roger acts as narrator and creative consultant for children's programs. He is an active chamber musician and recitalist and is a past winner of the Fort Worth Young Artist Competition and of a Downbeat Magazine Award as Outstanding Young Classical Instrumentalist.
Bill West, Flute
William West joined the Illinois Wesleyan faculty in 1982. He holds degrees in woodwind performance from West Virginia University and the University of Michigan.
Mr. West teaches flute and saxophone and presents regular solo and chamber music recitals on both instruments. In addition to performances of the standard repertoire, he is very involved in the presentation of newly and recently composed music and has collaborated with numerous composers on performances of their works. Mr. West played principal flute with Opera Illinois from 1989 through 2006. Also active as a collaborating pianist, Mr. West has extensive experience with both instrumental and vocal solo literature and chamber music, again with emphasis on newly and recently composed works.
Other teaching responsibilities include work in the School of Music’s basic musicianship sequence of courses, in which he currently teaches sophomore level Music Theory, and in the series of pedagogy courses for music education students, in which he teaches Woodwind Techniques.
Mr. West’s research specialty involves performance on pre-Boehm flutes and the study of their literature. His collection of instruments includes replicas of flutes dating from the beginning to the end the 18th Century, including instruments after Hotteterre, Denner, Quantz, Lot, Rottenburgh, and Tromlitz.