North Winds - Classical music programs for school audiences - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


North Winds

Type: Performance, Workshop, Remote
Art Form: Music, Storytelling & ELA, Early Childhood
Grade Level: PreK-8

North Winds is comprised of five of New England's best professional wind instrumentalists. Passionate about education as well as performance, this exciting quintet introduces students to an important family of orchestral instruments and demonstrates the ability of instrumental music to create characters and tell stories. 

Jacqueline DeVoe, flute, is an active freelancer in the New England area and performs regularly with the Cantata Singers, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Masterworks Chorale, Boston Ballet and many other ensembles. In addition to her degrees in Boston at New England Conservatory, she was a two time recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund grant and the Austrian Government’s Stipend for Foreigners, and completed a diploma at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. A Tanglewood Fellow, Ms. DeVoe is the former principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, has performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has been presented in solo and chamber music concerts in Europe, Mexico and the US. In addition to her private flute studio, she is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Extension Division.

Gregory Newton, bassoon, is one of New England’s most active musicians, having performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has performed as principal bassoon with the Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Musica Viva, New Hampshire Symphony, Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Granite State Symphony, Nashua Symphony, the Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has also performed with the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony. In addition to his orchestral duties, Mr. Newton maintains an active chamber music schedule as founding member of the North Winds quintet, the Prometheus Ensemble and the Ensemble Capolavoro. Mr. Newton has been featured soloist with the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, the Granite State Symphony, the Nashua Symphony, and can be heard on the A&M, Gasparo, North Eastern, Pickwick Masterworks and New World labels. Mr. Newton is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Sherman Walt, former principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Marguerite Levin, clarinet, is a Boston area clarinetist who leads a diversified career as orchestral performer, university teacher, private teacher and free-lance musician. She is on faculty at Northeastern University and Concord Academy. She performs regularly with North Winds Quintet, Trio Montage, Plymouth Philharmonic, New England Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, and subs with the Boston Ballet Orchestra. She was Principal Clarinetist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra for over 10 years, a member of the United States Navy Band/Washington, D.C. and performed extensively with the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. She was Principal Clarinetist on the 2010 Grammy Nominated best opera recording of Wolf Trap Opera's Volpone. Of her 2011 Weill Recital Hall concert, a writer for The Clarinet stated: "...technically flawless and performs with profound expression." Levin received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, and graduate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland.

Michael Weinstein, horn, is a composer, theorist, educator, and hornist. He studied at S.U.N.Y. Purchase (B.F.A.), the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and received his Ph.D in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University in 1991. He is the chair of the music department at the Cambridge School of Weston, an Associate Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, and chair of music theory at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. He is third horn with the Symphony New Hampshire. His works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by organizations such as: the NEC Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra, the USAF Band (Washington, D.C.), the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Symphony by the Sea, the Civic Symphony of Boston, the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the Washington Winds, the ars nova ensemble Berlin, the University of Washington Wind Ensemble, and the League ISCM – Boston among others. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Micha Music. Recent performances have taken place in Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Berlin, Paris, and Moscow.

Kyoko Hida-Battaglia, Oboe and English Horn, has been playing with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Lexington Symphony and North Shore Music Theatre. She has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, New Haven Symphony and Colorado Music Festival. She has a Bachelor of Music from Tokyo College of Music and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. She has taught at Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She is currently a faculty at Wellesley College, Winchester Community Music School, and Manchester Community Music School.

Programs Offered

North Winds offers classical music performances for school audiences.