Aaron Lakota

Belchertown, Massachusetts native, oboist, Aaron Lakota has a vested interest in the local arts culture in New England and hopes to promote music and the arts through performance, education, and community involvement. Aaron performs throughout New England as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He regularly performs with Pioneer Valley Symphony, Valley Winds, Pan […]

Chris Moehringer

Chris began his association with The Valley Winds as the “Music Education Intern” in the fall of 2015, and immediately fell in love with making music with its wonderful members. He joined the group the following season as a trombonist and served as the Personnel Manager and Librarian. He enjoys an active teaching and performing schedule, […]

Chris Mortensen

Christine Mortensen teaches French horn at NCMC. She received her B.M. in Music Education from Oberlin College and her M.M. in performance from UMass. She also currently teaches at the Berkshire Music School. Christine plays in the Berkshire Brass Quintet, Ensemble Bacchanal, En Cor Horn Quartet, Valley Winds and the Valley Woodwind Quintet. In addition […]

Timothy Burns

New England-based composer and conductor Timothy Burns has been actively composing music since he was 9. Ensembles such as the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Casco Bay Wind Symphony, and University of Southern Maine Wind Ensemble frequently perform his works throughout northern New England. In 2009 Tim placed third in the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition with […]

David Morris

David Morris is currently the Director of Bands for the Hatfield Public Schools where he teaches all 5th and 6th grade instrumental group lessons, elementary, middle and high school band, jazz band, music theory and extra curricular chamber ensembles. Prior to his appointment in Hatfield he taught in Brockton, Massachusetts as a Woodwind Specialist and […]

Tony Brackett

Formerly the bass clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, Tony Brackett has performed with New York City Opera, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Pops, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Goldman Band and Singapore Symphony. […]

Claire-anne Williams

Claire-anne Williams received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana University in 1988. While there, she studied flute with Harry Houdeshel, Richard Graef and James Pellerite. She began her teaching career in the Holyoke Public Schools where she taught middle school band for 17 years. In 2006, she became the band director at the […]

Maria Scotera

Maria Scotera has played flute and piccolo with the Valley Winds since its inception in 2015. She is also a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Panopera and performs as a freelance musician. She earned her Master’s degree in Flute Performance and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Maria […]