Site maintained by Cathy Gerhart.
Last updated Aug. 11, 2007
Site maintained by Cathy Gerhart.
Last updated Aug. 11, 2007
Penny Bugni Penny is a freelance bassoonist born and raised in Washington State. Her bassoon teachers were Morgan Griffin and Leonard Sharrow. She has a strong background in symphony orchestra playing and also has done musicals, choral symphony masses and requiems, and chamber music groups large and small. She is a member of the IDRS (International Double Reed Society, and has participated in several conventions and bassoonists' symposiums.
Mike is a native of California and has lived in Washington State since 1968. He began playing clarinet in the fourth grade, and has performed in Army bands in New Jersey and Germany, the University of Washington Concert Band, and a couple of amateur woodwind quintets. He is currently active in the Bavarian Village Band and the Seattle Symphonic Band, as well as Chinook Winds.
When not playing clarinet or hiking in the Cascade Mountains, Mike works as a computer programmer for a health care organization. He and his wife live in Seattle a block from Green Lake. They have two grown children who used to play clarinet in school but have moved on to more fashionable pursuits like rock guitar and skateboarding. Mike’s greatest musical accomplishment is the fact that his wife says she enjoys listening to him practice.
In addition to contributing more than her fair share to the upkeep of a household including two teen-aged males and an ever-perplexed husband, Cathy Gerhart toils as a librarian at the University of Washington. A flutist since birth, she works-out daily with thick flute-etude books the way some people exercise with a treadmill. Her plan is to perfect her performance technique gradually yet consistently; then upon retirement at age 65 from an exemplary career as a librarian, she will tour the world as a flute-virtuoso, performing as a soloist with top-shelf groups and making landmark recordings of all the standard flute repertoire. Cathy loves searching for new music for Chinook Winds to play, and this quest has led to the acquaintance of many interesting people both in the United States and abroad. Obscure music publishing firms are especially glad when she calls: Cathy's extensive investments in music for wind decet have kept several publishers in business long past times they were due for bankruptcy.
Cathy currently is the Principal Flutist for the Seattle Symphonic Band, Flutist and alto singer in the 10:30 Contemporary Choir at St. John Catholic Church, and routinely abandons her family for 5 days every year to attend the Midsummer Musical Retreat (music camp for adults) where she makes up for any lapses in her practice schedule by playing day and night for the entire camp.
|Amos, Keith||Theme and variations|
|Bailey, Judith||Concerto for ten wind instruments|
|Bernard, Emile||Don Stewart||Divertissement for wind instruments op. 36|
|Bird, Arthur||Suite in D|
|Brahms, Johannes||Mark Popkin||Sextet in B flat, op. 18|
|Caplet, André||Suite Persane|
|Casadeus, Francis||London sketches|
|Debussy, Claude||Michael Axtell||Golliwogs cake walk|
|Dodgson, Stephen||Partita for ten wind instruments|
|Donizetti, Gaetano||Robert J. Garofalo||Sinfonia in G minor|
|Françaix, Jean||9 pièces caractéristiques|
|Gerhart, Ned||Voyage of the onion people|
|Gounod, Charles||Petite symphonie in B flat major*|
|Grieg, Edvard||Mark A. Popkin||Holberg suite|
|Gryspeerdt, Michael||Cloister music|
|Handel||Michael Axtell||Arrival of the Queen of Sheba|
|Harrold, Ian||Three American folk songs|
|Haydn, Joseph||Derek Smith||Serenade no. 2 in F|
|Haydn, Joseph||Derek Smith||Serenade no. 3 in C|
|Järnefelt, Armas||Ian Harrold||Praeludium|
|Lane, Liz||Why cats sit on doorsteps in the sun|
|McGuire, Edward||Kaleidoscope fanfare|
|Mendelssohn, Felix||Notturno, op. 24*|
|Mladenov, Sasho||An easy piece for winds|
|Mozart||Michael Axtell||Rondo alla turko|
|Orff, Carl||Friedrich K. Wanek||Carmina burana|
|Rameau, Jean-Philippe||Clark McAlister||Dance suite|
|Reger, Max||Serenade for wind ensemble**|
|Saint-Saens, Camille||Patrick Clements||Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah|
|Schubert, Franz||Verne Reynolds||Little symphony for winds|
|Soler, Antonio||Guy Woolfenden||Andantino from Concierto III|
|Spittal, Robert||Consort I|
|Spittal, Robert||Sketches on themes by Ned|
|Strauss, Richard||Frederick Fennell||Serenade in E flat, op. 7**|
|Stravinsky, Igor||Thomas Stone||Carnevale|
|Stravinsky, Igor||John Bolcer||Four Norwegian moods|
|Woolfenden, Guy||Serenade for Sophia|
June 24, 2006 Saturday, 7:30, Bethany Lutheran Church, 7400 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle.
March 5th, 4:30 Sunday, University of Washington, School of Music, Brecheman Hall. To hear the pieces we played, just click on the selection you'd like to hear.
November 13th, 7:00 Sunday, Tahoma Terrace, Tacoma, Washington
We sounded great a lot of the time today!!!!
Cathy Gerhart (rehearsal, February 1, 2004)
Bravi, tutti! I thought the concert went swimmingly. I came away feeling pretty good about it--the solo bits all went great, the blend seemed good from where I was sitting, good audience response--couldn't ask for more.
- John Bolcer (Tahoma Terrace concert, February 8, 2004)
The praise keeps coming in! Many thanks from my extended family and friends.
- Larry Lee (Port Townsend performance, March 22, 2004)
Great event! I think everyone had a good time--I heard lots of glowing comments and requests for invites to the "next one." I hope everyone got a chance to say hi to Bob Spittal, I know he enjoyed hearing us play his work.
- John Bolcer (Molly's Backyard Summer Concert, August 15, 2004)
Responses to North Seattle Community College Concert, February 13, 2005:
I got so many good reviews of our concert. People really liked it and it was a good crowd… I think that crowd was bigger than some of the crowds for the whole Seattle Symphonic Band.
- Cathy Gerhart
I too got a lot of raves about our concert. We had several in-laws visiting from Minnesota and Florida, plus Claire's mother and several friends. They all really enjoyed it and sounded quite impressed. We were listed in both daily papers; in the Times we were not only in the regular concert calendar but even made the "Cheap Dates" section"!
- Mike Dole
GOOD JOB everyone! All of my friends seemed to enjoy it...especially the Bird and Bernard.
- Erin McKevitt
Good job yesterday, everyone! The crowd really seemed to enjoy it, and I thought having a director really added stability for the group.
- Ben Schmitke
Yes, I wanted to add that it was awesome having Shawn direct us!! I think it added immeasurably to the performance. I also wanted to pass on compliments for his conducting from audience members.
- Ilsa Coleman
Nice job, Mike! The Chinook Winds should be proud of their (amateur) selves! That was a pretty ambitious
program. Well done.
- Gren Bjork
I also received enthusiastic praise from all ten of my friends - and 'When is your next concert'. Skill, energy, commitment & Shawn made it happen.
- Larry Lee
We really enjoyed the concert yesterday. The conductor did a great job and was a real asset. He kept the tempi going when there would have been danger of dragging, he also greatly improved expression with his drawing out crescendos and made for a real ensemble sound during the rubato passages. Ten players definitely need a conductor. The ensemble sound was superb. The individual playing is really excellent and the group certainly sounds more mature than it is. A great concert and you certainly had a large and appreciative audience.
- Charles Lambert
I also want to let you guys know that I thought the concert turned out very well. It was really a good show, and I think I am your toughest critic. I really enjoyed the concert. May I have a ham sandwich please?
- Ned Gerhart
I thought we played really well on Sunday! My friends enjoyed it a lot.
- Molly Sandvick
Seattle Symphonic Band Ensemble Night, NSCC, April 24, 2005:
Homies, great work last night! from ensemble dynamics to tempo changes, this group was very musical (what a treat for the jr. high band director!) ... this is one fine ensemble!
- Shawn McGinn