Cobus du Toit, flute
Sarah Bierhaus, oboe
Brian Ebert, clarinet
Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon
Megan Rubin, horn
South African native Cobus du Toit is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an international soloist he has performed in Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France, Australia and, as a concerto soloist, has performed with orchestras around the globe.
Prominent appearances include performing with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taurida International Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg, Russia, Boulder Philharmonic, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Glacier Symphony and Boulder Chamber Orchestra, for whom he is principal flute.
Du Toit received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. His principal teachers include Ronel Bosman, John Hinch and Christina Jennings. He represents the Wm. S. Haynes flute company as an artist and ambassador clinician.
Sarah Bierhaus is the principal oboist of the Opera Colorado and Boulder Philharmonic orchestras, associate principal oboist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and plays oboe and English horn in the Central City Opera. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a founding member of Antero Winds, prize winners at the Fischoff and Plowman chamber music competitions. Dr Bierhaus holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, Eastman School of Music, and Carleton College.
Brian Ebert is the affiliate professor of clarinet at Regis University and teaches band, orchestra, and music theory at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colorado. In addition to performing with Antero Winds, Ebert is the clarinettist for the Denver-based new music collective Playground Ensemble. Dr Ebert earned degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado.
Kaori Uno-Jack is a founding member of Antero Winds, winning First Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and a silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She is a permanent member with Colorado Ballet and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Kaori Uno-Jack studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan. She is the instructor of bassoon at the University of Wyoming.
Megan Rubin is an active chamber and orchestral horn player in Colorado, performing with the Fort Collins Symphony and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She is an original member of the award-winning Antero Winds and also spent a year in Mexico as a member of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts. Rubin has a degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music as well as a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a public school band director in Colorado.