Former President, International Double Reed Society
(B. M. University of Washington; Bassoon Performance, magna cum lauda; M. A. University of Washington, Music Theory; Ph.D. University of Washington, Music Theory)
Ewell is former Chairperson of the Department of Music and bassoon
seven years he served as Principal Bassoon of the Hong Kong
music director Kenneth Schermerhorn and visiting directors Gerard
Kenneth Jean, Maxim Shostakovich, and Jahja Ling. Later he was Principal Bassoon of the
Wheeling Symphony and Acting Principal Bassoon of the West Virginia
Symphony. He has
performed with the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.As
soloist he has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the
Philharmonic, the IDRS 2004 Conference Orchestra (
Ewell has gained a reputation for his innovative approaches to
teaching. He is a
pioneer in the application
His writings appear in over a dozen journals principally The Double Reed, the International Double Reed Journal, and Scrapes. In addition he is the author and editor of several publications at the International Double Reed Society World Wide Web Site: the Bassoon-Family Fingering Companion, the IDRS Reed Project, the IDRS MIDI site, IDRS Who’s Who, IDRS Podcast, and the IDRS Conference Program Archive.
How Dr. Ewell's life changed (web page)
How Dr. Ewell made a choice (video)
Mrs. Poling studied under the late Sara Watkins, receiving her M.M. in Oboe Performance from the Peabody Institute in 1993 (Phi Kappa Lambda). She did her undergraduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving B.S. degrees (summa cum laude) in both Music Education (1990) and Music Perfornance (1991). While in western Pennsylvania, she performed with the Johnstown and Altoona Symphony Orchestras, and was both a finalist (1990) and winner (1991) of the Frank Gorell competition. She continues to serve her alma mater as a member of the oft-recorded Keystone Winds, for which she is frequently called upon by the prolific contemporary composer and conductor Jack Stamp to perform as a soloist in debuting new works.
MaryAnn Poling first came into contact with the Greater Baltimore Youth Concert Orchestra, “GBYCO,” through her orchestra students, many of whom are currently members of the GBCYO and GBYO. A eight-year veteran of the Harford County Public Schools, Mrs. Poling led the orchestra program in her elementary and middle schools to four-fold growth during her tenure. She maintains an extensive private oboe studio, with students ranging in age from eleven to fifty-seven, and has served on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory, Goucher College, Georgetown University and Essex Community College.
An active freelance musician in the Baltimore-Washington area, Mrs. Poling has played with such area ensembles as the Goucher Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, the Annapolis Opera, the Hood College Orchestra, and the Maryland Lyric Opera among others. She has performed in 14 countries, most notably for Juan Carlo Menotti’s Spoleto Festival, both in South Carolina and in Spoleto, Italy.
Mrs. Poling lives in Reisterstown with her husband, Jason, and their daughters, Kara and Alicia.
Cynthia Watson is Principal Oboe of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, rotating Principal Oboe with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and a member of the Solaris.Â She joined the faculty of the University of Akron in 2003. Ms. Watson has also served as principal oboe of the Albany Symphony, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and as a member the Canton Symphony. From 1991-1994 she was a regular member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Virginia Opera Orchestra. Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She continued her studies with Ronald Roseman at Yale, where she earned a Master's degree. Her playing has been described as "creating a lasting impression with exquisite singing tone" (Times Union, Albany, N.Y.), "an evening of superlative work" and "[a performance] with soulful brilliance" (Schenectady Gazette). She has recorded on Telarc with the Akron Symphony, on Albany Records with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and CBS Masterworks with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Artwork by Terry B. Ewell
Copyright 2015-17 by Terry B. Ewell.