Brett A. Richardson | Conductor and Artistic Director
CONCERT SEASON 2021-2022
To Be Announced in August 2021
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Erin Webber | Principal Oboe
Erin Webber is an oboe and English horn specialist in San Antonio, TX. She is principal oboist with Symphony Viva, South Texas Symphonic Orchestra, and the San Antonio Sinfonietta, and is a founding member of SAHarmonie. She is the instructor of oboe at the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as teaching a full studio of middle and high school students. She operates a thriving small business, Erin’s Oboe Reeds. During the summer, Erin teaches reed making and coaches chamber music through the Bocal Majority summer camp program. She earned her Master’s in Music Performance at Arizona State University, studying with Martin Schuring and her Bachelor’s in Music Performance at Western Kentucky University, studying with Dr. Michele Fiala. Erin is a published composer and has two compositions available through TrevCo-Varner Music under her maiden name of Goad: Overheard on a Saltmarsh and The Journey. Erin lives in San Antonio with her husband, Chad, along with a bunny, three cats, a fish, and a bearded dragon.
Leo Benavides | Second Oboe
Leo Benavides is a registered nurse in San Antonio and graduate of the the UT Health Science Center. Although his career is in nursing, he has been an active musician throughout his studies and in recent years. He was a part of the Mezcolanza Reed Quintet which had the opportunity to attend the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His experience with the Mezcolanza Reed Quintet is what gave way to his enjoyment of chamber music, as it is collaborative and diverse. He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of SAHarmonie and share the joy of music with others.
Kathleen Jones | Principal Clarinet
Kathleen Jones, Principal Clarinet, has a passion for music and is excited to share it! She holds a Music Education Degree from the University of Oklahoma and has been performing and teaching for over forty years. Her teachers include: Larry Mentzer - San Antonio Symphony, David Etheridge - University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Philharmonic, and Arthur Johnson - Oklahoma City Symphony. Kathleen performs and has performed with many groups throughout South Texas such as: Alamo City Opera, Ballet San Antonio, Blasmusik Texas, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, George Winters Chamber Orchestra, Hermann Sons German Band, King William Winds, Kunstler Klarinetten, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Municipal Band, San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Her expertise on clarinets of all sizes makes her a sought after free-lancer. Besides her studio at UIW, she maintains a busy private lesson studio – Mrs. Jones Clarinet Studio. Kathleen has a deep desire to share her love of music and the clarinet with students and listeners of all ages and is thrilled to be part of SAHarmonie.
Don Bierschenk | Second Clarinet
Don Bierschenk has been an active performer for over forty years. He currently serves as principal Clarinet for the San Antonio Wind Symphony and has performed with numerous other South Texas musical groups, including the San Antonio Municipal Band, King William Winds, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Mozart Festival Texas Orchestra, and numerous other chamber groups. While obtaining a music education degree from the University of Texas, he was a four-year member of the UT Longhorn Band as well as the UT Wind Ensemble. He currently serves as Regional Manager for RBC-Pepper Sheet Music in San Antonio. In addition, Don has also arranged numerous selections for woodwinds, and has served as clinician and woodwind adjudicator throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain. Several of his arrangements for clarinet ensembles are currently on the UIL Prescribed Music List. Don is also co-author of the Essential Elements series of band method books and supplementary materials.
Sarah Wildey-Richmond | Principal Bassoon
Dr. Sarah Wildey-Richmond teaches bassoon at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Additionally, she maintains a large double reed studio of high school and middle school students in San Antonio. An avid orchestral musician, Dr. Wildey holds the contrabassoon chair with the Amarillo Symphony, a position she has held since 2013, and performs regularly with other orchestral groups throughout the state of Texas, including the San Antonio Symphony. Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Wildey received her DMA from The University of Iowa under the tutelage of Benjamin Coelho. She also holds degrees from Indiana University and York College of Pennsylvania. Outside of music, Dr. Wildey is passionate about animal rescue, baking and cooking, and knitting. She currently lives in San Antonio with her husband, Will, and far too many foster animals.
Meridith Wright | Second Bassoon
Meridith Wright is an educator, reed maker and freelance musician based in San Antonio, Texas. Meridith maintains a large private studio in the San Antonio area of bassoon students of all levels, beginner through high school. Originally from Houston, Meridith began playing bassoon in her sixth grade band program, and later joined the Houston Youth Symphony which inspired an interest in orchestral playing, chamber music and a serious pursuit in playing bassoon. She first studied bassoon with University of Houston faculty Cheryl Huddleston, and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. She then received the full tuition Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship to study with Kathleen McLean at Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree. After the completion of her undergraduate studies, Meridith continued on to pursue a graduate degree under fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin and completed a Master's Degree in performance under the direction of Kristin Wolfe Jensen. As an orchestral musician, Meridith has performed with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Round Rock Symphony and most recently the Mid Texas Symphony, San Antonio Sinfonietta, and Symphony Viva of San Antonio.
Justin Gonzales | Principal Horn
VACANT | Second Horn
Born and raised in San Antonio, Justin Gonzales started playing the horn at age 10. Throughout middle school and high school, he was active in statewide competitions and won a top spot in the highest All-State band in 2005. After receiving a music scholarship to attend the Baylor University School of Music, he pursued a degree in music performance (BM) and graduated in 2009. In 2010, he enrolled in a Masters of Music performance program at the University of North Texas and completed his degree in 2013. Justin has performed with groups throughout Texas including the San Antonio Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, and is currently 3rd horn with the Symphony of the Hills. He is currently finishing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at Trinity University. The faculty position includes teaching music majors, music minors, and non-major students in horn performance. In addition to his duties at Trinity University, Justin regularly teaches master classes and keeps an active studio throughout the greater San Antonio area.
Danielle Aicher | Flute
Danielle Aicher grew up in San Antonio and is a proud alumna of Bradley Middle School and Reagan High School. Inspired by her teachers and strong band programs, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Music Education degree with summa cum laude honors from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Danielle studied instrumental methods with John Benzer and served as Principal Flutist in the University of Houston Wind Ensemble under the direction of Tom Bennett. She studied flute with Dr. Kimberly Clark and performed in the university’s Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Ballet Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Graduate Woodwind Quintet, AURA: Contemporary Ensemble, and Flute Choir. Danielle began her career as a middle school band director in Lewisville ISD and is now the Assistant Band Director at Driscoll Middle School in North East ISD. She teaches the beginning woodwind and percussion classes and conducts the advanced bands, which consistently earn “Sweepstakes” at UIL contests. The Driscoll Honors Band was a 2016 TMEA State Honor Band finalist, and the Driscoll Middle School Band received the 2017 Exemplary Band Program Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association. Danielle also teaches young flute students and performs at the San Antonio Floot Fire summer workshops. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and two little boys.
Lisa Guile | Flute
Lisa Guile is a native of El Paso, Texas and a former student of Dr. Melissa Colgin-Abeln and Barbara Lambrecht. Lisa attended The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance in 2016. Throughout her education at UTEP, she performed with the Symphonic Winds under the direction of Dr. Ronald Hufstader, and the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Lowell Graham. After completing her undergraduate degree, she continued to perform with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and El Paso Opera. Lisa is currently serving in the United States Army as a musician in the 323rd “Fort Sam’s Own” Army Band in San Antonio, Texas. Lisa plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Performance during her tenure in San Antonio.