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LAHS graduate to share music

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By Special to the Monitor

Dan Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, will present a recital of classical brass music from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. 

Nebel, a French hornist, will be joined by local pianist Cindy Little, trumpeter Erin Carrick and violinist Maeve O’Hara in a program that will feature music by Richard Strauss, Eugene Bozza, Georg Telemann and Johannes Brahms.

The program is free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch if they wish.

“I decided to put together this recital to help prepare for a horn competition later this summer,” Nebel said.

Nebel will travel to Brisbane, Australia in mid-July as a finalist in the International Horn Society’s Premiere Solo Competition.

Nebel was born and reared in Los Alamos and began playing the horn in fifth grade under the tutelage of Karole Felts.

Throughout high school Nebel performed regularly in LAHS ensembles, with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos Choral Society and Los Alamos Light Opera, and was a recipient of the Deborah Beene Scholarship in 2003 and 2004.  

Nebel earned a degree in music performance and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in 2008 where he studied with W. Peter Kurau.

He will finish a Master’s degree from Wichita State University in May 2011.  In Wichita, he performs third and associate principal horn for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, principal horn for the Wichita Grand Opera and is a member of the Wichita State faculty brass quintet.

Nebel has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, two seasons for Ohio Light Opera, and was a founding member of the A441 Wind Quintet. 

In addition to horn, Nebel plays organ for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby, Kan.  

Violinist Maeve O’Hara was born and reared in Rochester, N.Y. and graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2010 where she served as the concertmaster for the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

She spent a semester abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. Beginning in September, O’Hara will pursue a performer’s certificate at Purchase College outside of New York City under Calvin Wiersma’s instruction.

She has performed with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Ohio Light Opera. O’Hara is a Suzuki-certified teacher and enjoys Irish fiddling.

Trumpeter Erin Carrick, a native of El Paso, Texas, earned her degree in music from DePaul University in Chicago where she studied with Matt Lee and John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She recently completed her master’s degree in music performance from Wichita State University and will begin a new job performing principal trumpet with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in August. 

She has performed second and associate principal trumpet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, frequently freelanced in both Chicago and Wichita, and was a founding member of the Belden Brass Quintet.

“I’m so pleased to be working with such a fun and varied group of performers,” Nebel said.

“This is the first time all of us will be able to work together, and I know it will be a ton of fun. Fuller Lodge is a beautiful venue, and I look forward to performing some of my favorite pieces on home field again.”