Collaborative Chamber Groups
The PEN Trio bridges performance and scholarship to explore and expand the repertoire for the traditional trio d’anches. The ensemble regularly tours throughout North America and abroad and has become known for the quality and energy of their performances. The PEN Trio has visited dozens of universities and has performed at numerous academic conferences, chamber music series, and private functions. Recent highlights include performances in China, Hong Kong, and Trinidad, as well as appearances at the annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society, College Music Society and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, as well as performances on Michigan and Alabama Public Radio.
Their 2016 season includes concerts at the Centro Nacional de Musica de Concierto and the Universidad de las Artes in Havana, Cuba; the Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo in Panama; tours in Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota; a featured performance at ClarinetFest; as well as featured performance with flutist Francesca Arnone at the 44th Annual National Flute Association Convention in San Diego. This season the trio will premiere works by distinguished Chinese composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee as well as by South Carolina Music Teachers Association composer of the year Jon Grier. The PEN Trio recently recorded their debut album, "Found Objects" in New York City with Boston-based Soundmirror. The album will include new works, written expressly for the ensemble, by William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn with an anticipated commercial release in 2017.
Nermis Mieses, oboe
Susan Nelson, bassoon
Xavier Suarez, piano