Featuring the Miró Quartet with guest artist Steve Cohen

Daniel Ching, violin
William Fedkenheuer, violin
John Largess, viola
Joshua Gindele, cello

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, & thoughtful programming. Each season, the they perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series & on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics & audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. Concert highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets; collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival; Miró Quartet took first prizes at several national and international competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2005, the Miró Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.

For more info visit miroquartet.com.

Steve Cohen, clarinet

Active as both a soloist and chamber performer throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steve Cohen is the former principal clarinet and frequent soloist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. Cohen joined the New Orleans Symphony in 1975 and remained as principal clarinet with its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, through May 2004. He was featured as concerto soloist with that orchestra many times and has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center, where he has played and continues to play principal clarinet each summer since 1979. In the summer of 2016 he was featured as soloist in John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons at the Brevard Music Center. In the summer of 2010, he was featured as soloist on the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He has toured in the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater and throughout Europe as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to Korea to be a guest artist and master class clinician at the Seoul Philharmonic’s Clarinet Festival in 1998. He maintains an active yearly solo, chamber music, and master class schedule and has performed solo recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Korea, China, Taiwan, Bangkok and Japan. He performed at the ICA conventions in several cities, including in Porto, Portugal in August of 2009 and was guest artist and teacher at the International Music Course in Guimaraes, Portugal, returning in September of 2011. Moving to Chicago in 2005 to become clarinet professor and coordinator of the winds, brass and percussion at Northwestern University he plays as principal clarinet with the Music of the Baroque orchestra, has played on numerous occasions with the Chicago Symphony including on Eb clarinet. He has also played with the Chicago Lyric Opera orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the Chicago area and beyond. His many collaborations include the Lincoln Quartet, the Miro Quartet, the Dempster St. Pro Musica and the Chicago Chamber Musicians.. He performed in February 2015 as guest soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina and also was recently in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan with a tour of master classes and recitals in the fall of 2014. He has guest taught at the Oberlin Conservatory, University of Southern California, and Indiana University. Previously on the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Louisiana State University, he is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. For 2015-16 he was also Visiting Professor of Clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin in addition to his Northwestern duties and has performed most recently with the Miro Quartet on their series there. He hosted the 2001 International Clarinet Association Convention in New Orleans and has written many articles for the magazine for this organization. New York City born to a Juilliard trained clarinetist, his teachers have included, Loren Kitt, Larry McDonald, Karl Leister and Robert Marcellus.

The Miró Quartet
Steve Cohen

Schedule of Events

Registration Deadline

Registration forms must be submitted online OR received by mail no later than Thursday, March 8, 2018 (postmarked by March 3, 2018).


Saturday, April 7th, 9 AM

Nunemaker Auditorium
(3rd floor of Monroe Hall, directly behind the College of Music)
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Winners Masterclass

Sunday, April 8th, 10 AM

Nunemaker Auditorium
(3rd floor of Monroe Hall, directly behind the College of Music)
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Junior Division Masterclass

Sunday, April 8th, 12:30 PM

Nunemaker Auditorium
(3rd floor of Monroe Hall, directly behind the College of Music)
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Winners Showcase Performance

Monday, April 9th, 6 PM
Roussel Hall
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Miró Quartet Performance on the Friends of Music Concert Series

Monday, April 9th, 7:30 PM
Roussel Hall
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

2018 NOLA Chamber Fest Judges


Ila Rondeau, viola

Violist Ila Rondeau has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since her appointment in 2007. She is on faculty at the University of New Orleans and also performs throughout the region as a member of the New Orleans-based Musaica chamber ensemble. Additionally, Ila makes frequent appearances with the New Resonance Orchestra and the Compleat Stage theater ensemble. Most recently, she appeared in recital alongside Bela Fleck in a performance of Mr. Fleck’s “Night Flight Over Water”. Ila has previously performed as principal viola of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, violist with the Odin String Quartet and the Eastern String Quartet, in-residence at Heidelberg College in Ohio. She has appeared in performance at the International Viola Congress in Rochester, NY. and has previously served on faculty at the Allegheny Summer Music Festival, the International Youth Summer Music Festival and the Upper Valley Music Festival in Vermont. She has had the opportunity to perform with the orchestras in Indianapolis, Mobile, Shreveport, the New World Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a guest principal viola with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Ila was raised in Indianapolis where she began playing viola in the public school music program and went on to complete both undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio where she studied with Mark Jackobs and chamber music with Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet.

Robert Nuñez, tuba

Robert Nuñez has served as Principal Tuba of both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and New Orleans Opera since starting with the LPO in the 1991-1992 season. He currently performs as tubist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Crescent City Brass quintet. Mr. Nuñez is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Tulane University and coaches the brass section for the Loyola University Orchestra and Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. He has held previous appointments as Professor of Tuba at the University of New Orleans and Loyola University of New Orleans. He served as Brass Instructor for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 1988-1996. His teachers include legendary pedagogue Arnold Jacobs, Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1944-1988, Neal Tidwell, former Principal Tuba of the New Orleans Symphony and Richard Erb, former bass trombonist of both the New Orleans Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Nuñez’s solo presentations include his performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto in f minor with the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Mr. Nuñez performed with numerous brass ensembles and is a founding member of both the New Orleans Uptown Brass quintet and the Houston Metropolis Brass Quintet. Mr. Nuñez has appeared with the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, and remains active in many Dixieland groups in and around New Orleans. In 2006, he performed with the New York Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony in a series of collaborative concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert Nuñez has twice joined forces with Ray Charles and his Orchestra and played with the rock bands Kansas and The Moody Blues. He performed with luminary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and his quartet during a joint endeavor between Dave and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in 2005. Robert’s new endeavor is with Really Good Music Publishing. Drawing on his vast performance experience in Orchestra, chamber and jazz he will add to the literature for brass including: large brass ensemble, Brass Quintet, Low Brass, solo tuba and Euphonium pieces and arrangements.



John Reeks, Clarinet

John Reeks plays Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Saxophones in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is one of the founding members of the Philharmonic and has served two terms as its President. He has held the position of Clarinet Instructor on the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans since 1992 and has established the University’s Faculty Woodwind Quintet and the Ignatius Saxophone Quartet. John serves as a Yamaha Performing Artist and is married to fellow LPO clarinetist Stephanie Thompson. He has Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees, both from Loyola University New Orleans. His clarinet teachers include Vito Platamone, Robert Marcellus and Stanley Weinstein. John grew up in the “Lower Ninth Ward” of New Orleans in a family filled with generations of musical and graphic artists. He has been a professional orchestral musician for over 40 years. In addition to playing in New Orleans, he has also worked with the San Antonio Symphony and the orchestras of the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass Operas. He was a member of the Spike Jones Band when that group was revamped in 1992. John has recorded with artists ranging in diversity from Randy Newman to Nine Inch Nails. In 2007 he put together a CD recording project featuring new orchestrations of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas entitled Old Wine In New Bottles. John presented the U.S. premiere of Dietrich Erdmann’s Concerto for Bass Clarinet (with the Louisiana Philharmonic) in February 2005 and has performed at numerous International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, including the world premiere of Stephen Dankner’s Adagio Appassionata: New Orleans, August 29, 2005. He also premiered Lines For Bass Clarinet, written by William O. Smith in 2002. He was a Host of ClarinetFest 2001 in New Orleans.

Rules for Participation

The Competition

NOLA Chamber Fest was established to promote chamber music in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Our mission is to inspire and motivate classical musicians through the experience of true collaboration and artistic independence that only chamber music can offer.


The competition contains five divisions:

  • Junior Division includes groups whose members are current 4th through 8th grade students.
  • High School includes groups whose members are current high school students, or a combination of middle and high school students.
  • College includes groups whose members are enrolled in an undergraduate program, or a combination of college and high school students.
  • Graduate includes groups whose members are enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. master’s degree, artist diploma, doctorate), or a combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Community includes groups whose members are adults not enrolled in a university music program.

Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers, none of whom may be full-time professional musicians. Ensembles should receive regular coaching from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition.


Each ensemble must perform at least two contrasting works OR two contrasting movements from a work. For purposes of this competition, “contrasting works” entails contrasting time periods or tempos, such as Adagio and Allegro or Classical and Romantic. Contrasting works should come from one or more of the time periods listed below. These dates are general guidelines.

1770 and earlier (Baroque or earlier)
1770-1825 (Classical)
1825-1900 (Romantic)
1900-1950 (Modern)
1950-Present (Contemporary)

A maximum of 10 minutes of total performance time is allotted for each group. Works must be prepared in their entirety as judges may choose to hear additional excerpts from the selected works. Winners will be expected to perform works in their entirety for the winners masterclass and/or showcase performance. Each group must bring one copy of the score for the judges on the day of the competition. If no full score is available, copies of each part must be provided.


The competition will be judged by 3 professional musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The results will be announced by email after the completion of the competition, and comment sheets as well as video footage will be provided for each ensemble within one week of the festival.

Prizes & Awards

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners in the following divisions will receive a cash award: High School, College, Graduate, Community.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners in the Junior Division will receive medals.
  • 1st prize winners in the following divisions will perform in the Winners Showcase:  High School, College, Graduate, Community. Winners from the Junior Division may also be invited to perform in the Winners Showcase.
  • 1st prize winners in the following divisions will be selected to perform in the Winners Masterclass led by this year’s guest artists: High School, College, Graduate, Community.  
  • 1st prize winners in the Junior Division will participate in a private masterclass with one of this year’s guest artists.
  • Each NOLA Chamber Fest participant will receive a ticket to the New Orleans Friends of Music’s concert featuring this year’s guest artists.
  • Each participating ensemble will receive comment sheets as well as a video of their performance.


Registration forms must be submitted online OR received by mail no later than Thursday March 8, 2018 (postmarked by March 3, 2018).

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee must be included with the registration form. If registering by mail, checks should be made payable to Lyrica Baroque.

Duo: $50

Trio: $75

Quartet: $100

Quintet: $125

Sextet: $150

Septet: $180

Octet: $240

Either fill out the online registration form below or mail completed printable registration form and check/cash to:

NOLA Chamber Fest
℅ Lyrica Baroque
PO Box 750524
New Orleans, LA 70175

All participants will receive video footage of their performance via email. DVD’s will also be available for an additional fee of $15 per DVD. The DVD fee must be submitted along with the registration fee. If paying by check, please send two separate checks for the registration fee and DVD fee.

All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to this year’s guest artist performance on the Friends of Music series. Friends and family members of NOLA Chamber Fest participants can purchase tickets to the Winners Showcase and guest artist performance for $10 at www.friendsofmusic.org or at the door on the day of the event.

A higher registration fee of $35 per person is required for groups who register after March 8, 2018.

Register for NOLA Chamber Fest

  • Ensemble Registration

  • NameInstrumentE-mail AddressSchool, if applicableYear in School, if applicableMailing Address 
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  • Please tell us more about how you found us. Which school or teacher? Where did you see our flyer?
  • Repertoire

    Remember that you only need two works OR two movements from the same work, but space is provided here for four works.
  • Composer (please include dates)Title of Work (nclude movement #(s) and title(s), if applicable) 
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  • About 20 minutes is recommended. During the competition, judges will select a 5-10 minute excerpt for you to play from your selected repertoire.
  • If your group has any special needs or requests for the day of the competition, please describe below. The competition will begin at 9 am and could last until 6 pm. We will do our best to honor scheduling requests, and preference will be given to the groups who submit their forms earliest.
  • Registration Fee

  • Price: $15.00 Quantity:

Competition Results

Dear NOLA Chamber Fest participants,

Thank you for coming out today to compete in NOLA Chamber Fest’s competition! We appreciate all the hard work that went into preparing the music and the energy you each put into your performance. The judges were impressed by the high level of playing all day. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

The judges have selected the following winners:

Junior Division Medals

1st prize (gold medal): Crescent City String Quartet

2nd prize (silver medal): Lusher Chamber Kids Quintet

3rd prize (bronze medal): Lusher Middle School String Ensemble

Barbara Philleo High School Division Awards

1st prize: Armonia Duo

2nd prize: Duo de Guacamole

3rd prize: Jazzical Brass Quintet

Jonathan McCall College Division Awards

1st prize: Deux Amis

2nd prize: Bayou Brass Quintet

3rd prize: University of South Alabama Woodwind Quintet

Drs. Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Graduate Division Awards

1st prize: Magnolia Quartet

2nd prize: LSU Graduate Quintet

3rd prize: Ina Duo

Community Division Awards

1st prize: New Orleans Trombone Choir

2nd prize: Inter Pares

3rd prize: Minkema-Caplan Duo

The judges selected these four groups to perform in the Masterclass for the Miró Quartet on Sunday, April 8th at 10:00 am in Nunemaker Hall at Loyola:

Armonia Duo

Deux Amis

Magnolia Quartet

New Orleans Trombone Choir


The judges selected these groups to perform for the Winners Showcase on Monday April 9th at 6:00 pm in Roussel Hall at Loyola (just before the Miró Quartet’s performance):

Crescent City String Quartet

Armonia Duo

Deux Amis

Magnolia Quartet

New Orleans Trombone Choir

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