Jenny Compton, flute
[A.S.C.M., N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music]
Jenny Compton is currently the librarian for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and substitute flutist. She began her professional career in 1980 when she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australia, as its youngest member. Jenny has performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and was a wind finalist in the 1987 National Young Performers Competition. Jenny moved to Memphis in 1999. She and her husband Sam have two boys, Zephyr and Tasman.
Rena Feller, clarinet
[B.M., Oberlin College; MM., Julliard]
Rena Feller has been E-flat/Second Clarinetist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1986. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree at Juilliard, where she studied with David Weber. From 1991 to 1999 she was principal clarinet with the Berkshire Opera. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Feller has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions. She maintains an active private teaching studio in Memphis.
Courtenay Harter, oboe/English horn[B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut]
Dr. Harter is an active freelance musician in the Mid-South region, including the Delta Chamber Players (MS), Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra, and principal oboe with the Germantown (TN) Symphony Orchestra. She has performed the Donizetti Concertino for English horn with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra (MA) and the Rhodes College Orchestra. In February 2006, Dr. Harter performed the Eastern United States premiere of Craig Phillips′ composition for oboe and organ, Night Song, with the composer.
Previous teachers include:
- Carolyn Hove (Principal English horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
- Grover Schiltz (former Principal English horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Ray Still (former Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Elden Gatwood (former Principal Oboe, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
- Nancy Dimock (Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston)
- Calvin Hampton: Variations on "Amazing Grace" for English horn and organ
- Libby Larsen: Kathleen, As She Was for oboe and harpsichord
- Craig Phillips: Night Song for oboe and organ or harpsichord
- Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
- Joseph Rheinberger: Andante Pastorale
- Leo Sowerby: Ballade for oboe and organ
- Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C minor, RV 53
Dr. Courtenay Harter also teaches music theory and coaches chamber music.
Susanna Whitney, bassoon
[B.M. and Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music]
Susanna Whitney is currently the acting Principal Bassoon of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Northwestern Beinen School of Music, where she studied with John Clouser and Christopher Millard. She has played with the Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony. She participated in the Kent/Blossom and Pacific Music Festivals.
Carl Wolfe, saxophone
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wolfe began his musical career performing with local “Philly” groups and worked as a studio musician. In the spring of 1964 he enlisted in the United States Navy and began as a Navy musician. During his tenure he became a featured soloist with the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the “Commodores” in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wolfe’s post Navy solo career includes performances with Ray charles, Doc Sevrenson, James Williams, Marvin Stamm, Arturo Sandoval and many other jazz artists as well as solo performances with several symphony orchestras including the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Wolfe works as a studio musician, arranger/composer and is co-founder and co-director of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra. They have recorded two CD’s Life on Beale Street (featuring several of his arrangements) and Big Band Dance Party. Mr. Wolfe’s 1997 Jazz CD release Reed Between The Lines received critical acclaim in several media publications including Jazz Times magazine and was nominated for a Grammy.
Also a music historian, he has researched, arranged and authentically re-orchestrated Music Aboard The Titanic, which is featured at the Wonders, Inc. Traveling Titanic Exhibit and W. C. Handy’s Beale Street (Way Down South Where The Blues Began) which recreated Handy’s Beale Street band using the exact instrumentation and style of the period.