Members of the Paradise Winds started performing together in 2005 at Arizona State University while pursuing masters and doctoral studies in woodwind performance at the Herberger Institute School of Music. Since that time, they have appeared in a variety of classically- and unusually- oriented concerts at ASU and abroad, and with surrounding area ensembles, such as The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arizona, Symphony of the West Valley, West Valley Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, and the MusicaNova Orchestra. As chamber musicians, members of the Paradise Winds have assisted on countless graduate and faculty recitals at ASU School of Music and have appeared with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, Fountain Hills Chamber Players and the Mill Avenue Chamber Players as well as in the Second Sunday Concert Series, the King of Glory Concert Series and with Classical Revolution-PHX. (Photo: Jacques Barbey)
Nikolaus Flickinger, a sought after free-lance oboist in the Phoenix Metropolitan area has been playing and performing with MusicaNova Orchestra for the past 6 seasons. He also is a regular sub with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Nikolaus also plays with the Phoenix Opera, West Valley Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Mill Avenue Chamber Players, and the Paradise Winds. Before coming to Arizona, where he received his Master’s degree from Arizona State, he attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He enjoys teaching his wonderful private studio, and is the founder and owner of www.obonik.com where he specializes in handmade oboe and English horn reeds.
Joshua Gardner was appointed Lecturer of Music at Arizona State University in August 2011 and is Director of the Performance Physiology Research (PPR) Laboratory at ASU. Dr. Gardner received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He has recorded for Summit Records and has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In addition to performing and teaching, Gardner has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy and research. He is currently exploring the use of ultrasound for quantified research and performance diagnostics. As part of the PPR Lab, Gardner often mentors student research initiatives. Current student projects range from examining embouchure force dynamics using thin-film force transducers to investigating tongue movement during saxophone performance using ultrasound imaging.
Stefanie Harger Gardner is on the faculty at Glendale Community College and maintains a large private clarinet studio in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Previously, she served on the faculty at Northern Arizona University and GateWay and Mesa Community Colleges. Dr. Gardner completed Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University, studying with Robert Spring. She has an active performance career performing with several ensembles, including Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Paradise Winds, Mill Avenue Chamber Players, and the Fountain Hills Chamber Players. Gardner is a frequent soloist with many high school, college, and community bands and won the 2006 Concert of Soloists Concerto Competition at ASU. In addition to performing and teaching, she has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy. In 2012, Gardner won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition with her study, “An Investigation of Finger Motion and Hand Posture during Clarinet Performance,” where she collaborated with the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU to study hand posture and finger motion during clarinet performance using the CyberGloves® motion capture system. Recently, Gardner performed at the 2014 ClarinetFest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the 2013 ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy and the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference in Redlands, California.
A versatile performer, educator and concert curator, Joseph Kluesener maintains a diverse career. Kluesener is Second Bassoonist and Faculty at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival (VA), and has performed with the United States Air Force, The Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony. Kluesener is heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today with Paradise Winds. Abroad, Kluesener has performed at Aveiro International Music Festival (Portugal) and was Artist/Faculty at Saarburg Serenaden (Germany); nationally, in conferences of the International Viola Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Association and the International Double Reed Society. In 2014, Kluesener was appointed Artistic Director of Fountain Hills Chamber Players (Fountain Hills, AZ) and is co-founder and event curator for Classical Revolution PHX. An Adjunct Faculty in the Maricopa Community College District, Kluesener also maintains a private studio. Kluesener received Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Arizona State University, and two Bachelors of Music cum laude from University of Cincinnati. (Photo: Nicole Marino)
Patrick Murphy is currently Artist Coordinator at the groundbreaking Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. He has previously served on the faculty of the Crane School of Music and the State University of New York at Potsdam. He completed his doctorate from Arizona State University in 2013, and holds degrees from The University of Michigan, and the Crane School of Music where he studied saxophone with Timothy McAllister, Donald Sinta, and Eric Lau and composition with David Heinick. Performances throughout North and South America include tours spanning Ecuador, Peru, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, and Arizona. He was the last saxophonist to perform with the New World Symphony in The Lincoln Theater, and the first saxophonist to perform in the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami, Florida. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, The New World Symphony, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Trujillo, the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Brevard Symphony, and the Northern Symphonic Winds. 2015 is proving to be an exciting year; he was recently invited to perform as soloist with the Doha Wind Symphony in Doha, Qatar, and to give master classes at the American School of Doha. He will also premiere new works throughout the year including Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer’s work Slender Man, for saxophone and electronics.