The Mirror Brass Quartet (three French horns plusTuba) will perform a concert at the TPAC “On the Green” on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7pm. Joining them will be French hornist Norm Schweikert, a resident of Washington Island and former second horn with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will be performing an entertaining variety of pieces; rousing hunting horn fanfares, toe tapping marches, and lyrical songs.
Two members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra French horn section, Dan Gingrich and Susanna Gaunt will be joined by hornist Mary Gingrich and tubist Matt Gaunt. Dan is Associate Principal horn in the CSO and has been a member since 1975. He may be heard as the solo horn on the recently released soundtrack from the new movie, Lincoln. Susanna is a member of the CSO as assistant and utility French hornist, joining the orchestra in 2006. Prior to her appointment with the CSO, she held positions in other orchestras across the country, including the San Diego Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony. She also joined with the CSO on the Lincoln soundtrack. Mary is a free lance hornist and a member of the Lake Forest Symphony and Ars Viva Orchestra and has performed as a guest musician for the last several years at the Washington Island Music Festival. Dan and Mary have a daughter, Dawn, a professional violinist who performed at the “Winterfest” concert last December. Matt performs and records as a member of the Burning River Brass and Proteus 7. As an orchestral and free lance musician, Matt has played with many orchestras throughout the Chicago and Boston areas. He is a frequent soloist and is a faculty member at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Susanna and Matt also keep very busy with their two young children.
This ensemble often performs in Chicago for the Citizen Musician initiative, which was created to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life.
Tubist Matthew Gaunt currently performs and records as a member of Burning River Brass and Proteus 7. An active chamber musician, he has also performed with Chicago Chamber Musicians, Millar Brass Ensemble, Rhythm & Brass, Center City Brass Quintet, Empire Brass, and is a former member of Majestic Brass, Boston Brass, Paramount Brass, and Epic Brass Quintets. As an orchestral musician Mr. Gaunt has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Sarasota Opera. Mr. Gaunt has also held principal positions with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, and Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with groups such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble, Harvard University Wind Ensemble, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra as well as solo recitals. Currently on the faculty of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, he was formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and also has served on the faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, South Shore Conservatory, and Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as presented master classes for every age and ability level all across the country. He received the Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Boston University and has studied with J. Samuel Pilafian, Gary Ofenloch, and Chester Schmitz. Mr. Gaunt also served as the Massachusetts State Representative of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
Susanna Gaunt joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant/utility horn in January 2006.
Just prior to joining the CSO, Susanna performed regularly as a freelancer in San Francisco with the San Francisco Symphony, LucasArts Productions (recording movie soundtracks), the California Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She also has held various positions in other orchestras across the country, including third horn in the San Diego Symphony, third/associate principal horn in the San Antonio Symphony, and both third and fourth horn in the North Carolina Symphony. Susanna also has been a member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Susanna Gaunt has performed at various music festivals including Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival. A native of New England, Susanna completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where her principal teachers were Richard Sebring, Norman Bolter and Richard Mackey. Her primary mentor and inspiration is former teacher Nedo Pandolfi.
Outside of music, Susanna has a variety of other interests including cooking, hiking, gardening and running. She lives in Oak Park with her tubist husband, Matthew Gaunt, and their two young children.
Daniel Gingrich has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1975. He grew up in Stickney, Illinois and was a member of the Chicago Youth Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while studying with the Chicago Symphony’s Richard Oldberg. He subsequently studied at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. He joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra of New York at the age of nineteen, then played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. for one season before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he was named associate principal horn of the CSO. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Gingrich is a member of the Grammy award-winning Chicago Pro Musica chamber ensemble. He coaches the horn section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Gingrich has also served as guest principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the China National Symphony in Beijing. Dan may be heard as the solo horn on the soundtrack from the movie, Lincoln, released in 2012.
Mary Gingrich, Horn
Mary Barnes Gingrich, hornist, is a resident of Wilmette, Illinois. She has performed on tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in over 10 countries as an extra player and may be heard playing horn and Wagner tuba on CSO recordings of large scale Bruckner and Mahler symphonies with Solti and Barenboim conducting. Mary also played extra horn and Wagner tuba for the Chicago Lyric Opera during its four year production of Wagner’s “Ring” with Zubin Mehta conducting. Currently in Chicago, she plays with Ars Viva, and has subbed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Grant Park Symphony, The Chicago Sinfonietta, The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Lake Forest Symphony. This year Mary also performed with the Joffrey and American Ballet Theater orchestras. An active chamber musician, she plays with The Edens Brass Trio and helps organize the Chicago Horn Consort, a group of professional hornists with a roster of over thirty players devoted to playing ensemble music for the horn. For a change of pace, she performs as solo tenor hornist with The Prairie Brass Band. Mary is also an active painter and print maker (MBGingrich.com), showing her artwork in Chicago, Firemouth Pottery and Gallery in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin andthe Washington Island Art and Nature Center!
Norman Schweikert was a member with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1971-1996 and has performed at the Washington Island Music Festival for many years. He is an avid music history archivist, and author of the recently published book, The Horns of Valhalla Saga of The Reiter Brothers. He also compiled The Washington Island Music Festival’s Repertory and Performers 1992-2006, still sold at Festival concerts. Born in Los Angeles, Norman began his musical studies on piano at 6, then violin before switching to horn. Norman was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1955-1966. He and Sally (soprano with the CSO chorus for 30 years) were married in 1961 and have a son, Eric, who is principal timpanist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 1971, Norman joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Horn and then moved to Second horn in 1975. After retirement, Norman continued to play as a substitute with the CSO until 2006.