Burning River Winds performs at Hayner


TROY — The Drawing Room Chamber concert series is an intimate series of concerts that take place in the Hayner’s East Room on the last Tuesday of most months in the school year. The Nov. 29 concert will present Burning River Winds, with oboe, bassoon and clarinet.

The Drawing Room Chamber Concert series is hosted by composer and pianist, Steven Aldredge of Wright State University. Chamber concerts, unlike larger philharmonic experiences, allow these talented musicians the opportunity to choose their favorite pieces and share their thoughts and feelings about what they play. Music students are welcome and have a unique opportunity to hear both the music and the musician’s inspirations. The members of the Burning River Winds are professional musicians and music educators. The trio has been performing together for over a decade. It is a project born of the love of their craft and friendship.

Katherine deGruchy will be on oboe. She received her Master’s of Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the renowned oboist John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra. She was in Mexico City for 17 years where she played oboe and English horn with the Mexico City Philharmonic and other orchestras. She returned to the Dayton area in 2005 and has continued her performing career subbing with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and others. In 2006 she helped create the Burning River Winds with her husband John. They were featured as guest artists at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Annual Conference and performed the debut of a piece commissioned for them at the 2022 Conference. deGruchy is the adjunct instructor of applied oboe at Wright State University and teaches oboe to younger students in several local schools.

John deGruchy, on bassoon, earned his Master’s of Music degree from Rice University, studying under Benjamin Kamins. John is a native of Long Island, N.Y. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied under Cleveland Orchestra principal bassoonist George Goslee. John served as second bassoon in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra from 1988-1996. He has also performed extensively throughout southwest Ohio and the Midwest, including with the Cincinnati Opera and Ballet, the Springfield Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony and the Whitewater Opera Company. Most recently, John has performed as principal bassoon with the Lima Symphony, the Middletown Symphony and the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony.

Barbara Siler, on clarinet is a multi-award-winning band and choir director at Bellbrook High School and Bellbrook Middle School. Siler is the director of the high school concert bands and the high school choir, and assists with marching band, is co-director of jazz band and pep band and is also the director of the pit orchestra for musicals. Siler also teaches AP Music Theory at Bellbrook High School. She has been a music teacher at Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools since 1988. During this time, she has also taught elementary general music and high school and middle school choir. She received her Master’s of Music degree from Wright State University with an emphasis on clarinet and music education. In addition to performing with Burning River Winds, Siler also performs on clarinet with the Springboro Wind Symphony.

This concert will present Burning River Winds at the Hayner on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. The Drawing Room Chamber Concert series is presented free to the public because of the generosity of the citizens of Troy and our loyal sponsors. Learn more about Hayner’s cultural events and the good folks who support them at www.TroyHayner.org.

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