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Catharsis Quintet


Corbin Krebs is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH) as a student of Barrick Stees, Assistant Principal Bassoonist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Before CIM, Corbin studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg at the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI). During his years at Interlochen (2014-2016), he served as principal bassoonist of the National Youth Orchestra USA, performing across Europe and China. He attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2017 and 2018, where he studied with Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has worked under the baton of some of the world’s leading conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, JoAnn Falletta, and Carl Topilow. In 2018 he performed in a Masterclass at Carnegie Hall for Simon Von Holen, Principal Contrabassoonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Corbin was the founding bassoonist of Catharsis Woodwind Quintet, and has played with the ensemble since 2016. When he isn’t playing bassoon, Corbin enjoys playing the banjo, and spending time outdoors.

Shihao Zhu (Hugh) is a clarinetist originally from Zhengzhou, China, currently a sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying clarinet performance with Mr. Franklin Cohen who previously served as the principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra for 40 years. Hugh joined the Catharsis in September 2017. Starting from the age of 4, Hugh has had a long passion towards the clarinet and classical music. His previous private teachers include Chunxiao Tao, the former professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in China, Burt Hara, the current associate clarinet principal of the LA Philharmonic, and Emil Khudyev, who is now the associate clarinet principal of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Hugh is also a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (Class 2017), with the honors of winning the Young Artist Award and the concerto competition. In his free time, Hugh enjoys spending time with family and hanging out with friends, and he loves playing with his one-year-old sister, Mia!

Jessica Chancey is entering the last year of her undergraduate degree in Flute performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) studying with Mary Kay Fink, Principal Piccolo of The Cleveland Orchestra. She commenced her studies at the age of 15 with Colleen Blagov who is Principal Flute in The Orlando Philharmonic. Jessica thrived under her teaching methods and promptly began playing Principal Flute in orchestras such as the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and The New Score Chamber Orchestra, as well as playing Principal in Festivals including Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Michigan) and Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, Massachusetts) all while in High School. Since attending CIM, Jessica has continued to perform in orchestras including her recent appointment as 2nd Flute and Piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute and piccolo in the CIM Orchestra and Opera Theatre Orchestra, subbing Principal Flute with The Cleveland Philharmonic, and being a substitute for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, during the summers, she has attended Domaine Forget (Québec, Canada) and the Miami Summer Music Festival (Miami, Florida). Throughout these various organizations she’s been able to work with renowned conductors such as Brett Mitchell, Carl Topilow, Joann Falletta, David Effron, Michael Tilson Thomas, Caren Levine, Bradley Moore, Christopher Ocasek, Jahja Ling, Ludovic Morlot, and countless others.

As a soloist, Jessica Chancey has performed with orchestra in halls such as The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (Orlando, FL), The New World Center (Miami, FL), and the Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center (Miami, FL). A great deal of her ambition to perform as a soloist derives from those she’s collaborated with in the past including Emmanuel Pahud, Denis Bouriakov, Jeffrey Khaner, Nadine Asin, Aaron Goldman, Susan Hoeppner, John Thorne, Cynthia Meyers, Linda Toote, and many other internationally renowned flutists.

Jessica’s artistic passion doesn’t simply stand alone with orchestral and solo performance but with chamber music as well. Being a founding member of the Woodwind Quintet she plays in, Catharsis, has by far become one of her largest passions. Performing throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, Catharsis expeditiously expands their renown as they perform various concerts and recitals containing both works of standard repertoire and new commissions/arrangements.
Teaching seems to come instinctively for Jessica. During the school year in 2016, she jumped at the chance to initiate her teachings and then established herself as a teacher at the Cleveland School of the Arts within the first month of starting her undergraduate degree. Since then, she continues to teach Middle to High School level children by demonstrating and grounding well developed fundamental techniques while eliminating bad habits that can manifest from lack of private instruction.

Jessica, being born and raised in Longwood, Florida, detests hot weather and loves living in Cleveland’s snowy Winters. In her free time, she enjoys painting, exercising with her two dogs, kayaking, and is a passionate traveler.

Michael Isaac Ripple is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in oboe performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio) as a student of Mr. Frank Rosenwein, following graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Michigan), as a student of Mr. Daniel Stolper.  He performs regularly as the Oboist of Catharsis, the Principal Oboist of the CIM Opera Theater Orchestra, as well as an oboist and English Hornist in the CIM Orchestra.  During the summers of 2016 and 2017, he was the Principal Oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra, performing in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.  He has played under the batons of renowned conductors including Carl Topilow, Brett Mitchell, Joann Falletta, Andreas Delfs, Christopher Rountree, Elizabeth Schulze, Abel Pereira, Jahja Ling, Theodore Kuchar, and Christian Macelaru.

M. Isaac’s true passion is chamber music, most notably recognized in his concertizing with Catharsis (est. 2016).  As a founding member of the Cleveland, Ohio. based woodwind quintet known as Catharsis, he performs a wide variety of music for audiences spanning generations in recitals, outreach concerts, and children’s programs.  Catharsis has performed multiple full-length recitals in the Cleveland Museum of Art, sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Their diverse programs which juxtapose cornerstones of the woodwind quintet repertoire against new commissions and challenging arrangements have met widespread acclaim throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Looking forward in 2018, Isaac and Catharsis will be giving their Interlochen debut in a recital at Interlochen Center for the Arts, featuring the music of Danzi, Maslanka, and Stravinsky.  He was also a member of the DiVaS Woodwind Quintet and Foggy Bottom Winds, both sponsored by the NSO Summer Music Institute and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

As a teacher, M. Isaac Ripple has served as the Oboe Teaching Assistant at Interlochen Arts for the 2018 Camp Season.  He taught classes in reedmaking, coached chamber music, and led performance based classes with a focus on rehearsal skills.  He has developed an “Oboe Workout/Warm-up Methodology” which takes an athletic-training based approach to strengthening fundamental techniques, embouchure, tone, and musicality, all within the confines of a daily ‘warm-up’.
Isaac is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania where he lives on Lake Erie with his family and five dogs.  He is an amateur chef, avid photographer, traveler, and lover of all art forms and culture.

Willem Crone is an undergraduate student currently pursuing his degree in horn performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio) as a student of Richard King, former principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also studied under renowned horn teachers including Rick Solis, Gregory Miller, Wallace Easter, and Jeff Nelsen. He performs regularly as the hornist of Catharsis, Principal horn of both the CIM Orchestra and CIM Opera Theater Orchestra, and has also performed with the Canton Symphony. In the summer of 2018, he was principal horn of the Miami Music Festival Opera Orchestra. He has worked under many renowned conductors including Carl Topilow, Brett Mitchell, Jahja Ling, Joann Falletta, Bradley Moore, Christopher Ocasek, and Peter Grunberg.

Crone has a true passion for chamber music, which he pours into his work with his wind quintet Catharsis (est. 2016), of which he is a founding member. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Catharsis performs a wide array of works for audiences spanning all ages and backgrounds through recitals, outreach concerts, and children’s programs. Their diverse repertoire includes both wind quintet standards as well as unique arrangements and new commissions and their performances across northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania have been met with widespread acclaim. In the fall of 2018, Catharsis will be giving a recital at Interlochen Center for the Arts, featuring the music of Danzi, Maslanka, and Stravinsky.

Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, Crone was heavily influenced and inspired by his parents, who are both professional musicians; Crone’s father Jay plays the trombone and his mother Betsy plays the flute. Both teach their respective instruments at Virginia Tech. In his free time, Crone enjoys both playing and watching a variety of sports including football, basketball, and baseball.

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Video 2/20/2019: New England Conservatory & The Cleveland Institute of Music - The Conservatory Project

The Conservatory Project is an initiative designed to present young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera, and more from our nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges, and universities in performance at the Kennedy Center.

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