Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor, flute, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studied privately with Trudy Kane, who was principal flute for 32 years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Taylor performed in the Frost Symphonic Winds, where she also appeared as a soloist, and the Frost Flute Ensemble and other chamber groups at the Frost School of Music. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. While a student at Frost, she participated in a steady stream of master classes with flutists Jim Walker, Mary Karen Clardy and more, and received coaching from Joshua Smith, principal flutist of The Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she performed at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program and establishing a relationship with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. Becky graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. She studied at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) since fifth grade.

Instrument: Flute

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015


David Taylor

David Taylor

David Taylor, oboe, majored in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He also studied privately with Robert Weiner. He graduated in 2015 from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. David Taylor performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Wind Ensemble at the Frost School of Music. In its debut year, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet performed at numerous venues in South Florida, including Festival Miami 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. The National Band Association named David Taylor an Outstanding Musician. Originally from Miramar, Florida, Taylor attended the American Heritage High School. His solo work with the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo & Ensemble was rated “superior” three times at both the country and state level. David Taylor was also a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for five years and performed in the All-County High School Honors Band and All-Country Gold Orchestra.

Instrument: Oboe

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015


Julia Paine

Julia Paine

Julia Paine, bassoon, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where was is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studied privately with Luciano Magnanini and Gabriel Beavers. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Originally from Chicago, she participated as the principal bassoonist in a local youth symphony orchestra with Midwest Young Artists for three years. In addition, she participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association for three years making it to both All-State and Honors Orchestras. She was also the principal bassoonist in New Trier High School’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This past year, Julia participated in a bassoon, clarinet, oboe trio called No Strings Attached. With the trio, she won the Winds and Other Instruments Category in the 2012 Discover National Chamber Music Competition, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist in the 2012 Society of American Musicians Competition, and participated in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Instrument: Bassoon

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015


Larysa Pavelek

Larysa Pavelek

Larysa Pavelek, French horn, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studied horn privately with Richard Todd. She was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2015. Pavelek also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and other major ensembles at the Frost School. As a member of, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Larysa Pavelek was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She graduated as valedictorian of West Salem High School in June 2011 and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has played the piano for 13 years and the French horn for 8 years. She was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Oregon State Champion Wind Ensembles. Throughout high school, she participated in other music ensembles such as Symphony, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Pep Band, and was a piano accompanist in the Choir program. Outside of her music activities, she enjoys hiking, reading, running, watching sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

Instrument: French horn

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015


Spencer Stromquist

Spencer Stromquist

Spencer Stromquist, clarinet, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He studied privately with Margaret Donaghue and participated in master classes with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Spencer Stromquist performed in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other major ensembles at Frost. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, he performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and also at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Stromquist has been playing music since a very young age, first piano, then switching to the clarinet at the age of 13. He attended H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, and marched in the Plant’s Golden Panter Regiment and was clarinet section leader for three of his four years in the and the band captain for his senior year. Spencer made the Florida All-State Band in his junior and senior years. Throughout High School, he participated in Tampa’s Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, serving as principal clarinet for two years. In 2011, he was also principal clarinet in the Honor Band of America in Indianapolis.

Instrument: Clarinet

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2015