Pushing The Performers: Canary Reeds

Canary Reeds is a Contemporary Classical Chamber Music ensemble consisting of five players: Miko Roman – oboe, Lauren LaFond – clarinet, Valeri Nowak – saxophone, Callahan Lieungh – bassoon and Clay Steiner – bass clarinet. They are all full time students in Milwaukee looking to engage with an audience online while performances are on hold.

How can we help you right now?
We are currently focused on continuing to grow our following during this time while we can’t perform as much as we’d like. The public can help us out by heading over to our social media pages and giving us a like and follow, and stay on the look out for new content! We are working on releasing a bunch of videos and some exciting new projects.Canary Reeds New Photo

Where are some of the places you’d normally be playing at, if this pandemic was not currently happening?
We would be playing primarily at UWM but also had performances and clinics at area schools and music stores in the works as well as community performances.

Where can we find you on social media?

More on Canary Reeds:
Canary Reeds is Milwaukee’s premier reed quintet dedicated to performing new music as well as standard repertoire. Canary Reeds has participated in masterclasses notably with Fischoff Grand Prize-winning saxophone quartet, Aruna, and opened for the award-winning ~Nois Quartet in their MKE Unplugged series performance. Canary Reeds has also enjoyed community performances in conjunction with Wisconsin Music Ventures and area school districts. The members of Canary Reeds are currently students at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and are coached by Dr. Nicki Roman.

Wisconsin Music Ventures is committed to “Pushing the Performers” during this Coronavirus crisis. More info, including how other musicians can be featured on this blog, found here.


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