Donita Bauer (bassoon) has enjoyed a varied musical background. A native of Iowa, her musical studies on bassoon and piano began in the second grade. She received her Bachelors degree from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, and a Master's degree in bassoon performance from the Saint Louis Conservatory studying with George Berry and Robert Wisneskey. Donita has taught high school band and orchestra and has been active as a church organist and choir director. Presently, Donita is principal bassoon with Webster University Orchestra, Bach Society, Union Avenue Opera and Masterworks Chorale. An extra player with the Saint Louis Symphony, other freelance engagements in the Saint Louis area include Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, A Perfect Fifth Woodwind Quintet, New Opera St. Louis and the American Cantorei. Donita is active in the teaching field through private instruction, serves on the faculties at the Community Music School of Webster University, OASIS, and is currently the Director of Music at Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves.
Ann Homann (oboe, English Horn, oboe d'amore) is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a student of Joseph Turner and co-principal oboist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. As a student of Peter Bowman and Marc Gordon, she received her Master of Music degree from the Saint Louis Conservatory. She has frequently performed as a substitute and replacement player with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Homann is the principal oboist of the Webster Symphony, the Saint Louis Philharmonic, Union Avenue Opera and the American Kantorei, a choral and instrumental ensemble that specializes in the music of J. S. Bach. She serves on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Principia College Webster University and the Community Music School of Webster University. She enjoys performing chamber music with Quintessence-St. Louis and as a founding member of the Equinox Chamber Players.
Paula Kasica (flute) received her Bachelor of Music from the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music. Her teachers have included Jacob Berg, Julius Baker and Gerald Carey. Paula plays as an extra with the Saint Louis Symphony and has performed with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Bach at the Seminary Series. Since 1997 Ms Kasica has been on the faculty of the Christian Performing Arts Festival. She also teaches flute at Webster University, Missouri Baptist University, and Dayspring School of the Arts. Paula, along with her husband John, acting Principal percussionist with the Saint Louis Symphony, perform around the country as WINDFIRE: Flute and Percussion Spectacular. She and John have three children.
Carole Lemire (horn) received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University, studying under David Ohanian, and a Performing Artist Certificate from the St. Louis Conservatory, studying under Roland Pandolfi. She is the former principal horn with the Opera de Colombia and Sinfonica de Antioquia in Colombia, S.A. and also a former member of the Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica Portuguesa and Opera Sao Carlos of Lisbon, Portugal. Ms. Lemire has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Symphony, Fox Theater Orchestra and Atlanta Ballet Company as well as the Bach Society, Masterworks Chorale, Kammergild Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera, Webster Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Horn Quartet and the Equinox Chamber Players and is a member of the Kim Portnoy Jazz Orchestra and St. Louis Brass Ensemble. A former faculty member of the Community Music School of Webster University, Carole is currently on the faculty of Washington University and Director of Small Wind Ensembles for OASIS.
Jeanine York Garesché (clarinet) holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Master of Music performance degree from the St Louis Conservatory of Music. Ms. Garesché plays professionally with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, the Equinox Chamber Players, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, the Webster University Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis. Former professional engagements include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Springfield), the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (Indiana), Quintessence-St Louis Woodwind Quintet, and Synchronia, a contemporary chamber music ensemble. She has served on the faculty of the Tidewater Music Festival (Maryland) and served as clarinetist-in-residence for the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (Maine). She is a member of ACME (Artists, Composers, Musicologists, Educators), a branch of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and performed at the 2008 International Clarinet Convention in Kansas City, MO. Jeanine is known throughout the Midwest as a private instructor, chamber music coach and clinician. Her students have won top honors in Missouri's District and State competitions. Ms. Garesché is currently a replacement player with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, pianist for The First Divine Church of St. Louis, a sought after chamber musician and recitalist and a faculty member at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Webster University, and the Community Music School of Webster University. Originally from northeast Nebraska, she resides in University City, Missouri with her husband, Tom.
The Equinox Chamber Players are grateful to Mary Bryant, Cathy Lane, Rebecca Meador and Dana Hotle for their former commitment to the Equinox Chamber Players.
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