Chione [kiōn] noun:
1. Goddess of winter winds
2. Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women.
Chione is a Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women. The unique and evolving medium provides an outlet to explore and create new sounds while redefining and rediscovering lesser known music. Chione is committed to collaborating with professionals of all genres and creative outlets, with particular interests in commissioning new pieces and performing works by women artists. Throughout each endeavor, Chione aims to reach a wide range of audiences with the hopes of inspiring contemporary and aspiring artists as well as supporters of the arts.
Since Chione’s inception, the ensemble has performed live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, they have performed as pop-up classical artists representing Classical MPR at the 2017 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler as well as the Current’s 2018 Rock the Cradle event. Chione will hold their 2nd annual quINTENS!VE Chamber Music Camp in August, working with middle and high school students through coaching and performing chamber music. Chione performs numerous self-presented performances throughout the year in venues such as the Schubert Club, Macphail Center for Music, Icehouse Minneapolis, Can Can Wonderland and the Woman’s Club. In March Chione made their debut as Courtroom Concert Artists at the Schubert Club, performing a concert of works written solely by women.
Currently the ensemble is in the middle of a tour to Minnesota libraries, Story time with Chione. The quintet will travel to 30 libraries throughout Greater Minnesota sharing children's stories with live music and narration such as Peter and the Wolf and Hansel and Gretel. This opportunity was made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Hannah Peterson Green, flute player, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Bradley Garner and Dr. Heather Verbeck Harrison. She is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities, having appeared with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the Mankato Symphony as well as solo and chamber performances at The Schubert Club and on Minnesota Public Radio. During the 2016-17 season, she appeared as part of The Cedarwood Duo with Leah Gallas and Blake Nellis through Minnesota Public Radio's Classnotes Artist program.
Susan Miranda, oboist, entrepreneur and founder of Chione Quintet, has a vast performance resumé which includes various countries across Europe, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Huron Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, heartwood duo and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Susan holds a Bachelors of Communications and Applied Music Degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Basil Reeve. Susan's strengths are many, including business owner, writer, founder of numerous ensembles and businesses as well as partner in the creation of Twin Cities Symphony, a new orchestra for emerging professionals.
Her Chromatic Fusion Oboe Studio is an established studio where she teaches a diverse group of students throughout the Twin Cities. Susan hopes to one day share her teaching knowledge at her alma mater, Interlochen Arts Academy.
Passionate and versatile performer, Weily Shay is a clarinetist currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has performed with several ensembles such as the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia, Mankato Symphony and Occasional Symphony. Weily's interest in contemporary music has led her to perform in ensembles such as the Peabody Modern Orchestra and the Contemporary Directions Ensemble -groups that both seek to perform unique presentations of contemporary works in intimate settings.
In addition to her love for performing, Weily enjoys teaching and spreading the joy of learning music. In the past, Weily served as a guest clinician for Centennial and Anoka High Schools. She also served as a guest clinician throughout the Fairfax County Public School district in Northern Virginia. She currently maintains a clarinet studio in Blaine and teaches at Maestoso Music Studio in St. Louis Park.
Weily received her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Music studying under Anthony McGill in May 2016 where she was awarded the Martha and William Bill Memorial Prize in Clarinet. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under Ixi Chen in December 2013.
Allison Akins, horn player, is an accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She holds a Master's degree in Horn Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in horn performance from The University of Kansas. An avid performer, she has worked with the Kansas City Symphony, Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland (ME) Symphony as well as the national tours of Tony Award-winning musicals Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins. Ms. Akins enjoys a rich freelance performance career in the Twin Cities, collaborating with such local ensembles as VocalEssence, Oratorio Society, Magnum Chorum, and as soloist with the Itasca Symphony Orchestra.
Thea Groth, bassoonist, has performed on stages throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Currently the Principal Bassoonist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Groth is a former member of Ensemble 212 and Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, and has made numerous freelance appearances with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Amore Opera, Savannah Philharmonic, Greater Newburgh, Bergen, St. Cloud, and South Dakota Symphony Orchestras. She has recorded with The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, and trombone soloist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, on Passaggi, released on the Naxos Wind Band Classics label. Groth hold a Bachelor of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Hartt School, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from The Manhattan School of Music. She has served as faculty at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and currently maintains a private teaching studio in Northfield, MN in addition to teaching at Luther College.
As a passionate educator, Groth is both a founder and the executive director of Whole Notes, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking through barriers to provide students access to instrumental music instruction, and bringing high-caliber professional music to small communities outside the metropolitan area.