Silent Voices Project is a large-scale project formed to help create opportunities for womxn composers engaging in compositional pursuits of writing, publishing, performing, and recording western art music for chamber woodwinds. Initially funded through a Bemidji State University New Faculty Scholarship and Innovation Fund grant, we believe strongly in the need for a more diverse representation of composers in the current classical repertoire. As a collective of professionals, we are committed to fostering a project culture of respect, collaboration, and encouragement.
Recent and upcoming opportunities for Silent Voices Project include recording a chamber music album and performances at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest, Mississippi University for Women’s annual Music By Women Festival, and a Fall 2022 tour and artist residency in Kansas. For the past two years, Silent Voices Project has premiered new works by women composers at the IDRS annual conference, including last year’s Virtual Symposium.
Jeremy Wohletz, Clarinet
Dr. Jeremy Wohletz currently serves as Associate Professor of Woodwinds at Dickinson State University, where he teaches woodwind lessons, coaches chamber groups, and directs the DSU Jazz Ensemble. He enjoys a diverse musical life as both a performer and educator. As a performer, he maintains a very active performance schedule and is a large advocate for new music, both performing and commissioning new compositions. One of these commissions was recently premiered at the 2021 International Clarinet Association convention, involving solo bass clarinet with electronics. Another piece was commissioned and premiered at the 2012 ICA convention by his guitar and clarinet duo, Pararo. This performance was described by The Clarinet Journal as “a soothing blend of guitar and clarinet that washed through the ears to the soul.” As a solo recitalist, he presented performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Portugal. For links to audio/video please visit: www.jeremywohletz.com
Madelyn Moore, Clarinet
Dr. Madelyn Moore is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at New Mexico State University, where in addition to clarinet, she teaches music education courses. She is a member of both the Las Cruces and El Paso Symphony Orchestras. Before coming to NMSU, Dr. Moore held positions at Kilgore College and Tarrant County College, and was an active free-lancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has taught, lectured and performed throughout the US, and in Belgium, Spain and China. As a founding member of the Violetta Duo, Dr. Moore has commissioned several works for flute and clarinet alone and has performed in several states, as well as at National and International conferences. Dr. Moore’s research on the compositions of clarinetist Heinrich Baermann has been published in The Clarinet. Carl Fischer Music publishes three of Baermann’s works edited by Dr. Moore in a volume, titled “Heinrich Baermann: Lesser Known Works for the Clarinet.”
Miriam Brack Webber, Bassoon
Dr. Miriam Brack Webber is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bemidji State University. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Ball State University in Bassoon Performance, and Master’s of Music from McGill University and the University of Kansas in Bassoon Performance and Music Theory, respectively, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Music Theory. Her research interests include pedagogy and performance studies. Currently principal bassoonist of the Bemidji Symphony and Heartland Symphony Orchestras, Webber is an active bassoonist and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and St. Joseph Symphony, Fort Hays Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Muncie Symphony, and Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestras. She is a founding member of Silent Voices Project and has also published an article in the International Double Reed Society’s The Double Reed.
Lindsey Wiehl, Bassoon
Dr. Lindsey Wiehl teaches woodwinds, music theory, and composition at Valley City State University. She had formerly been teaching music classes at Indiana University Kokomo. Dr. Wiehl holds several degrees in music including a B.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose, an M.M. and a D.A. in Bassoon Performance from Ball State University, and a Professional Certificate in Advanced Music Production from Berklee College of Music. Among her favorite performance experiences include performing with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival, and the Arizona Opera. As a musician, Dr. Wiehl encourages others to unapologetically pursue their interests while ignoring stereotypes and preconceived notions of what it means to be a musician. Her research includes digging into musical analysis, composition, and creating opportunities to bring typical classical instruments into varying genres. You can learn more about her work at www.lindseywiehl.com
Brook, Lisa Neher (b. 1985) Aeolian Muses, Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) Na Mgbo (In the Beginning), Grace Bernard Oforka Jeremy Wohletz, Clarinet Madelyn Moore, Clarinet Miriam Brack Webber, Bassoon Lindsey Wiehl, Bassoon Suyeon Kim, Piano