Woodwinds

Ling-Fei Kang- Oboe, English Horn

A native of Taiwan, oboist Ling-Fei Kang has performed as chamber musician and soloist nationally and internationally, including recitals with Oboe Duo Agosto at the conferences of the Asian Double Reed Association in Bangkok, Thailand, and the International Double Reed Society in Redlands, California and Tokyo, Japan.  She served as Professor of Oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil and taught a masterclass at University of Southern Mississippi, Univeristy of South Alabama, Georgia State University and University of Alabama. She is also an experienced educator and teaches oboe at The Loomis Chaffee School, Miss Porter School, Renbrook School and Simsbury High School in Connecticut. Ms. Kang graduated with the Prix avec grande distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and also earned an Artist Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her principal teachers include Humbert Lucarelli and Bernard Jean.

Cheryl Six- Flute, Piccolo

Cheryl Six is an active performing flutist and instructor, specializing on piccolo.  Cheryl served as piccolo player in the US Coast Guard Band from 1977 until her retirement in 2007, and currently performs with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held for over 30 years.  In addition, she is often heard in the flute sections of the Hartford Festival Orchestra, the Waterbury Symphony, and other Connecticut ensembles.

Cheryl has been a member of the Musicians Association of Eastern Connecticut Local 285-402 since 2005 and has served as Vice-President of the Executive Board since 2010.

Cheryl teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Bruce Larkin- Recorder

Bruce holds an M.F.A. in Early Music Performance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s in Music History/Musicology from the University of Michigan. Continued studies with Eva Legêne focused on recorder pedagogy and technique.  A former orchestral percussionist, he has been a teacher and performer for more than four decades. He has taught at Amherst Early Music, Hudson Guild, and many American Recorder Society (ARS) chapter workshops. He is Music Director of the Eastern Connecticut Chapter of the ARS and has served chapters in New York and North Carolina. He directs the Richmond Consort of Recorders and sings with the New Haven Chorale and Center Church choir. “My extended family – young and old – played recorders when I was a child, and imparted a spirit of musical enjoyment that inspires my teaching and playing today. The recorder is a beautiful instrument for making music together, with sensitivity and understanding and expression.”

Andrew Sherwood- Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation

Andy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut. He studied classical applied music with saxophonist James Hill at Ohio State and clarinetist Curt Blood at the University of Connecticut and jazz improvisation with renowned clarinetist Eddie Daniels and saxophonist Walt Weiskopf. He has a wide range of experience as a performer, especially during his 25 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Band. He performed as clarinetist and saxophonist in multiple ensembles with the Coast Guard Band including the concert band, Dixieland jazz band, saxophone quartet, swing band and big band. He led the Coast Guard Dixieland band for 15 years and also performed on classical tenor saxophone on band tours and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Andy continues to perform locally and throughout the state with his own groups specializing in early jazz and swing, Dixieland, and jazz standards. He has released four recordings available on CD Baby with the “Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet.” www.andysherwoodclarinet.com

Andy teaches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.