About Syrinx Quintet
SYRINX REED QUINTET is bringing a new voice to the Southern California chamber music scene. Founded in 2018, Syrinx Quintet boasts a versatile and colorful combination of avid teaching artists with backgrounds from all across the nation. Experienced in a wide variety of styles and comfortable in any venue, the ensemble offers bold and innovative repertoire in an industry that demands fresh creativity. Syrinx Quintet effectively communicates all music - from the Renaissance to contemporary and popular genres. Built and driven by its homogeneous instrumentation, Syrinx Quintet is proud to inspire new perspectives and collaborations in sound.
VICTORIA LEE, oboe
Oboist VICTORIA HIROMI DOO LEE is a musician whose versatility has led to numerous performances in all types of venues, from appearing with chamber groups at aquariums and art museums in California and touring as a soloist in Europe, to performing in the New York Philharmonic’s innovative “Philharmonic 360” program at the Park Avenue Armory, which featured Karlheinz Stockhausen’s surround-sound masterpiece Gruppen.
Victoria began her studies with Lisa Patanella, Dr. Jonathan Davis, and Ariana Ghez while at the Orange County School of the Arts. After moving to New York for college, her career escalated quickly as both a classical and contemporary musician. A typical season would include early Renaissance double reed band music with the New York Kammermusiker, performing with the New York Youth Symphony as principal oboe, and premiering works such as Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song.
Her passion for teaching began in college when she was appointed as the Manhattan School of Music’s MSM Sundays oboe instructor, a program designed to provide private lessons to amateur musicians in New York City. In the same year, she was invited to teach with the MSM Distance Learning Center and maintained a small private studio via video calling for high school students in the cities of Norfolk and Stanton, Nebraska. Since sparking her career as an educator, Victoria has taught with Bocal Majority double reed summer camps in Northern and Southern California and represented the organization at several double reed and music education conferences. She is a regular guest speaker for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), presenting seminars on oboe pedagogy at their annual professional development convention.
Victoria is a member of the resident wind quintet with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, located in Branson, MO, whose mission is to re-popularize classical music by performing in unexpected and surprising locales. In addition to regular performances, the members of the Taneycomo Winds share a common passion for both collaboration and education, and often contribute to multi-media projects with the White River Artists Alliance or present programs for children at the local library.
Victoria holds a BM in Classical Oboe and MM in Orchestral Oboe Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Liang Wang. Currently in her fourth season serving as the principal chair of the Santa Monica Symphony, Victoria is also on the faculty of Orange Coast College, the French Art Studio of Pasadena, Irvine Valley College, Fullerton College, and the Orange County School of the Arts' prestigious Frederick Fennell Wind Studies program. She also coaches at many local middle and high schools. An active freelance oboist in four Southern California counties, she resides in Huntington Beach, maintaining her career as an in-demand performer, clinician, and private teacher.
MICAH WRIGHT, clarinet
Micah Wright received his degrees in clarinet performance from USC (D.M.A.), Rice University (M.M.), and Drake University (B.M.). Micah is an active musician in the Los Angeles area, performing in solo, chamber, studio, and orchestral settings. He maintains a private studio, teaches clinics and masterclasses throughout the Southwest, and is a D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist.
Micah has received many national and international musical honors throughout his career, most recently winning the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions, 2nd Prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, winning the 2016 Frances Walton Competition, and winning the 2016 MTNA California Young Artist Woodwind Competition. Micah has performed as a concerto soloist with several ensembles including Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony, Drake University’s Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Meyer Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Concert Band, and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. Micah has performed throughout the United States and can be heard on Seattle's KING FM 98.1 and Sarasota's WUSF 89.7.
Micah’s main clarinet teachers during his collegiate study were Michele Zukovsky (USC), Yehuda Gilad (USC), Richie Hawley (Rice University), Dr. Michael Webster (Rice University), Clarence Padilla (Drake University), and Joyce Wheeler (Drake University).
PATRICK OLMOS, saxophone
Patrick Olmos is a Southern California based saxophonist and music educator. He holds degrees from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University - Long Beach (BM Saxophone Performance) and University of Missouri - Kansas City (MM, AC Saxophone Performance). He enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Patrick made his concerto debut in 2014 with the Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the UMKC Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, and has performed in solo and chamber recitals and concerts throughout the United States. As an advocate for new music, Patrick has commissioned and collaborated on numerous new works for saxophone.
Patrick has received awards in many of the nation’s top chamber and solo competitions, placing first at the state and regional 2018 MTNA Young Artist’s Competition and winning Third Prize at the national level. As a member of the Southpaw Saxophone Quartet, Patrick won Second Prize at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and Third Prize in 2018. Patrick has also been a National Finalist in the 2013 and 2016 MTNA Chamber music competition and competed in the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
An active music educator, Patrick is a Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project where he teaches beginning band to elementary school students. In addition to teaching with Harmony Project, Patrick maintains a private studio and works as a clinician with several area middle schools and high schools, as well as universities throughout the country.
Patrick is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance. His primary teachers are Yi Chen, James Barrera, and Zach Shemon.
MATHIEU GIRARDET, bass clarinet
Born in Montpellier, France, Mathieu Girardet is a clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator. Mr. Girardet holds Bachelor of Music degrees in education and clarinet performance from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. As a graduate fellow at Michigan, he performed in the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, and the Instrumental Conducting Seminar. His clarinet quintet was awarded second prize at University of Michigan’s Briggs Chamber Music Competition, performing a series of his arrangements.
Mr. Girardet is the Coordinator of the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program at the Orange County School of the Arts where he teaches music theory, chamber music, clarinet masterclass, woodwind sectionals, and directs the Symphonic Band. He has served as an instructor and coordinator with the Dragon Kim Foundation After School Program at OCSA, which provides free music instruction to local elementary students. Mr. Girardet joined the faculty at Irvine Valley College in 2017 as the director of the Wind Symphony and applied clarinet instructor. Upon his arrival, he established a Friday morning brass and percussion ensemble, consisting mainly of music majors and highly motivated non-majors. Recently, Mr. Girardet was named Coordinator of Woodwinds and Brass with the Orange County Youth Symphony.
JEFFREY WASIK, bassoon
Jeffrey Wasik is a graduate student at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a native to the Bay Area and began studying bassoon at Las Positas College at the age of 20. He received his Bachelors degree from Long Beach State University, and studies with Michele Grego of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Jeffrey currently performs with the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, University Wind Quintet, Cal State Fullerton Symphony Orchestra, and subs with the American Youth Symphony and Santa Monica Symphony. In addition to his studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory, Jeffrey has attended Hidden Valley Music and studied with Judith LeClair of the New York Philharmonic, and has studied contrabassoon with Patricia Kindel. He currently serves on faculty at Long Beach City College.