Monica is a sophomore at the University of Maryland studying bassoon performance under Joseph Grimmer in addition to business management. She started playing bassoon in high school under Lynn Moncilovich and played in the Atholton High School Wind Ensemble and Howard County Gifted and Talented Band. She was part of her high school’s marching band and, after being named the drum major her senior year, decided to pursue a career is arts administration. On campus, she is involved in the University Honors program and is president of the Maryland Music Business Society. She aspires to work in arts management and development post-graduation.
Brian Kennedy is a junior at the University of Maryland studying bassoon performance under Erich Heckscher, and in addition he is majoring in computer science. Brian has been playing bassoon for nine years, previously studying under Eddie Sanders, principal of the United States Air Force Band. At UMD he is in the undergraduate P5 woodwind quintet and plays in the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra / Wind Orchestra. He graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he was heavily involved in the music program and pit orchestra. Some of Brian’s musical accomplishments include winning principal bassoon for the Maryland All-State Band, being a member of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and playing in the All-County Band. In his free time, Brian enjoys sailing and going to raves.
Master of Music
Qun (Jimmy) Ren, a native of Zhengzhou, China, began taking bassoon lessons with the local Opera Theatre’s principal bassoonist, Haiquan Yan, at the age of 8. Mr. Ren started his education at the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of China in the fall of 2007 with the school bassoon teacher as well as the principal secretary of the China Bassoon Association, Jun Zhu. Qun moved to Oberlin, Ohio in 2011 and completed the rest of high school study, then a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory with Professor George Sakakeeny. Qun is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree with Joseph Grimmer at the University of Maryland School of Music, which has awarded him a Woodwind Quintet Fellowship. Qun has been placed 2nd in the Seventh International Winds Competition in Memory of Mravinsky in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has performed with the China Youth Wind Orchestra, the China Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, and at festivals including the Interlochen Summer Music Camp and the Eastern Music Festival. Qun is now a member of Wavelength Winds.