About Antero

Known for their artistic sensitivity and exuberant stage presence, the award-winning Antero Winds have been attracting attention worldwide as a talented and engaging young international woodwind quintet. The Antero Winds began their work together as the Arundo Winds, the graduate woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While serving their Rocky Mountain community, the Antero Winds have also traveled internationally to perform in Venezuela and Canada. Prizes include first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition; silver medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and semi-finalists at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon, France.

The distinct cultural backgrounds and personalities creates the Antero Winds’ signature blend and performance style. The quintet strives to present performances that are as interesting and satisfying to music connoisseurs as they are to those with little prior experience with classical music.

Engaging the community

Educational outreach has brought the quintet to schools and communities throughout Colorado. The Antero Winds have had an ongoing relationship with the Aspen Music Festival and School, which has brought them to Western Colorado for a series of mini-residencies with the public schools in the Roaring Fork Valley. They have also played school programs and led band clinics throughout the Denver metropolitan area. In 2006, the quintet traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, where they worked with students at a local FESNOJIV (nationally sponsored youth orchestra) school. These educational programs play a central role in the Antero Winds’ mission, and the quintet is constantly seeking new opportunities and approaches to share their passion for music with students and community members of all ages.

 

Flute: Cobus du Toit 

South African native Dr. Cobus du Toit is praised for technical facility that makes everything look easy (Opus Colorado) and rich tone that is especially impressive (Herald Tribune). Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”

A strong advocate for the musical arts, Cobus is an avid soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Longy School of Music of Bard College. As an international soloist and chamber musician, Cobus has performed with orchestras in Russia, South Africa and the United States and on concert series in Taiwan, Japan, Germany and France. Cobus has been a prize winner at over a dozen competitions which include the 1st UNISA Southern African National Competition for Woodwinds and Brass, the Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Competition and the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition.

In addition to being the principal flute for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Cobus is also the flutist for the Antero Winds, a professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Cobus self-produced two recordings available through online platforms: Tríptico with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton and Mythavian with pianist Doreen Lee.

Cobus received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. His principal teachers include John Hinch and Christina Jennings.

 

Oboe: Sarah Bierhaus

Dr. Sarah Bierhaus is in high demand as an orchestral oboist in Colorado’s Front Range region. She is the principal oboist of the Opera Colorado and Boulder Philharmonic orchestras, associate principal oboist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and second oboist with the Central City Opera orchestra. Dr.Bierhaus also played principal oboe with the Fort Collins Symphony for six years and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Pro Musica Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic. She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where she has been a member of the oboe and chamber music faculty since 2011.

Prior to teaching at the Lamont School of Music, Dr. Bierhaus taught at the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University. She also maintains a selective private teaching studio and has presented master classes for high school and college students at Utah State University, Casper College, Carleton College, and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Dr. Bierhaus has been an oboe and English horn enthusiast since the age of five and loves to visit elementary and middle schools to inspire the next generation of double reed players.

Dr. Bierhaus received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, where she graduated with Honors in Music Performance and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. While at Carleton she traveled to Dresden, Germany for a study abroad program and enrolled at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik. Her major teachers have included Cynthia Watson, Laura Griffiths, Merilee Klemp, Andreas Lorenz, Richard Killmer, and Peter Cooper.

 

Clarinet: Brian Ebert

Brian Ebert (clarinet) joined Antero Winds in 2014. He has performed with many regional, national, and international artists and ensembles, such as Caroline Shaw, Roomful of Teeth, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, Robert Moran, Alex Highton, Evan Ziporyn, Morten Lauridsen, Ron Miles, the London Symphony Chorus, the MahlerFest Orchestra, the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Brian is also the clarinetist (and a composer) with the Playground Ensemble, Denver’s acclaimed new music collective.

A well-known educator in Colorado, Brian taught lecture courses in music at the Community College of Denver and courses in audio production at the Art Institute of Colorado. He has coached instrumental music ensembles in Colorado for twenty years, including a long tenure at Pomona High School from 1997-2012. Brian is currently the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colorado, and also the affiliate professor of clarinet at Regis University.

An avid composer, Brian has written works for orchestra, concert band, mixed chamber ensembles, and various solo instruments. In 2012 he was commissioned by The Playground Ensemble to compose a companion piece to Olivier Messiaen’s pivotal Quartet for the End of Time. The result was Fragments of Om, a septet which was premiered by the group later that year. His chamber trio Contradances (for bass clarinet/contra-alto clarinet, vibraphone, and violoncello) was also premiered by The Playground, and it appears on their debut recording Dreams Go Through Me. His most recent works include Nocturnes (woodwind quintet), Beneath a Solitary Sky (clarinet/bass clarinet and laptop), and ubuntu (jazz ensemble and laptop). The latter was premiered live on KUVO 89.3 FM.

A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Brian studied music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987-1989. He has performance degrees in clarinet from the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM), the University of Denver (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (DA).  While pursuing these performance degrees he studied composition with Paul Martin Zonn, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Bill Hill, and Robert Ehle.

 

Horn: Megan Rubin

Megan Rubin is an active chamber and orchestral horn player. Originally from San Francisco, Ms. Rubin received a B.M. in Horn performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and an M.M in Horn performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant. She also received her music teaching licensure from CU Boulder and has been teaching middle school band and orchestra in the Saint Vrain Valley School District for many years. Additionally, Megan coaches young wind musicians in the Denver Young Artist Orchestra.

Megan is Second Horn with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and served as Assistant Principal horn with the Fort Collins Symphony for nearly a decade. In addition to performing with the Antero Winds, Megan enjoys traveling, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, photography and hiking. She has hiked over 30 of Colorado’s “14ers”, and has a black belt in Muay Thai.

 

Bassoon: Kaori Uno-Jack

Kaori performs with Colorado Ballet and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She is the instructor of bassoon at the University of Wyoming since 2012. 

Kaori has performed nationally and internationally as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. She has earned many awards and much recognition. She won the Honor Competition at the University of Colorado twice (2004 and 2007), placed fifth of 137 bassoonists at the 24th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition in 2007, and was a finalist in the Tsuyama Japan International Double Reed Competition in 2003.

Kaori participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, Kyoto International Music Student Festival. She was the bassoon instructor at Rocky Ridge Music Center for nine years.

She performed the Japanese premiere of Trace III for Solo Bassoon by Dr. Rica Narimoto at the 2015 conference of the International Double Reed Society in Tokyo. She also preformed at the 2001 IDRS conference in West Virginia.  

Mrs. Uno-Jack graduated with her Artist Diploma in bassoon performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 after receiving her Master of Music degree at CU in 2008. Kaori graduated from the Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan as one of four outstanding graduating seniors in the class of 2003. Her principal teachers include Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Per Hannevold, Kim Laskowski, Ryohei Nakagawa, Yoshiaki Aotani and Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.

Kaori actively freelances with orchestra along the Front Range such as the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Colorado Music Festival.