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Our quintet is composed of members with diverse musical backgrounds who share a love of performing music of all genres. After meeting while playing in groups together on the Cape, primarily the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, it seemed only logical to get together to play and perform the varied and exciting repertoire for wind ensembles, both composed in the past century and arranged from more classical works, which we began with enthusiasm in 2010. We rehearse in Bourne and have performed at venues from Braintree to Falmouth, with occasional forays to New Bedford.

Lorrie A Hassan - Flute

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Lorrie earned a degree of Bachelor of Science in Music Performance at the University of Lowell (now known as University of Massachusetts at Lowell) in 1981. She has performed with locale ensembles, most notably Quincy Symphony, Melrose Symphony, Chaminade Opera Company, Norton Singers and recently with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, Falmouth Chorale, and Tri-County Symphonic Band. She has also taught flute, piano, clarinet, oboe and saxaphone in the local area. She lives in Easton with her husband and two children.

Melanie Hayn - Oboe

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Melanie began her musical pursuits on the flute, and has been playing oboe since high school. She has played in the pit orchestra for community theater events, and was a member of Cornell University's Wind Symphony prior to moving to the Cape. Since moving to Bourne in 2005, Melanie has played with the Falmouth Theater Guild, Cape Community Band, and Tri-County Symphonic Band. She has been playing with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra since its inception in 2008 and with the Brockton Symphony since its sixty-fifth season in 2012. She has also been playing chamber music in the Falmouth community with various chamber groups at churches and town events, most notably her own wedding!

Alison Heleen - Clarinet

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Alison is a Cape Cod born clarinetist and music educator. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in Music Pre-Teaching and studied with Dr. Andrew Boysen and Dr. Elizabeth Gunlogson. She now wears many hats while working in the Barnstable Public Schools, serving as an elementary music teacher, high school marching band assistant, and pit orchestra conductor. Alison currently performs with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, the Falmouth Town Band, local chamber groups, and as a soloist with her accompanist, Misao Koyama. In her free time, Alison enjoys gardening, playing ukulele, watching baseball, and traveling.

Emma O'Neil - Bassoon

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Emma recently moved to Falmouth, where she teaches music at Teaticket Elementary School. She's a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a degree in Bassoon Performance and Music Education. She recently joined the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, and enjoys playing chamber music of all sorts. In her free time she enjoys spending time with other people's pets.

David Prentiss - Bassoon

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Dave started playing clarinet in 4th grade and made the move to bassoon in 6th grade, having the biggest hands of all the clarinet players. Dave has played with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paul Madore Chorale, and the Worcester Consortium Orchestra. He recently participated in the New Bedford premiere performance of Toshiro Mayuzumi's Metamusic, a piece in which he did not have to play any notes. In addition to the Spinnaker Wind Quintet, Dave is a member of the Moorings Chamber Music Workshop and the New and Improved Piano Trio.

Kate Housman - Horn

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Kate Housman earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University concentrating in horn performance. Her principal teacher was Nona Gainsforth. Until recently, Kate played with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra and freelanced in the Boston area including groups such as the New England Philharmonic, Parkway Orchestra, Woods Hole Cantata Consort, and Falmouth Chorale & Orchestra. She is also an accomplished composer whose works have been premiered by the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, Concord High School Symphonic Band, and Lydian String Quartet.

Henry Duckham - Clarinet

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Henry Duckham is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and Northeastern University. His teachers include Rosario Mazzeo, Norman Carrel and Ketih Stein. He has been a member of the Phoenix and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras and concertized throughout the mid-west as a member of the Manderen Duckham Duo. He has appeared with pianist Cecil Taylor, Basie trombonist Al Grey and guitarist Gene Bertoncini and bassist Michael Moore. He is presently a member of the Squibnocket Trio and the Cape Cod Chamber Ensemble. He lives in Waquoit with his wife Alaine.

Cyndy De Bellis - Horn

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Cyndy has freelanced throughout southeastern Massachusetts and through 2016 was a member of the French horn section of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.