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Since its formation in 1982 the Dakota Wind Quintet has been well received throughout the state of South Dakota and the Midwest, giving concerts and lecture demonstrations, as well as live performances on MPR and SDPB Radio. The majority of the Dakota Wind Quintet’s time as a chamber ensemble is spent on tour, performing at concert halls, colleges, community centers and public schools. They also serve as principal woodwind players of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, enriching and enhancing the quality of orchestra music in this region.
William Cedeño Torres was appointed Principal Flute in May 2016. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, William started his musical career at the age of 9 in “El Sistema”. After moving to the United States, he attended Idyllwild Arts Academy as a Post-Graduated High school student under a full scholarship. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued his studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music before joining the SDSO.
Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe since 2003, is the composer of two of the works used in the SDSO’s Lakota Music Project – Desert Wind and Pentatonic Fantasy for Dakota Cedar Flute and Orchestra. In addition to playing the oboe, he plays piano, English horn, saxophone, guitar, and bagpipes as well as composes experimental and traditional music.
John Tomkins, Principal Bassoon since 2002, has participated in many music festivals including the National Orchestral Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Tomkins also serves as Principal Bassoon of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is the Bassoon Instructor at Augustana University and University of Sioux Falls.
Christopher Hill has been the SDSO’s principal clarinetist since 1987, has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New Sousa Band, Carousel National Tour, and the Evita World Tour. He is the conductor of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and the designer of his own line of clarinet mouthpieces. He teaches at Augustana University, and has taught masterclasses at Peabody, USC, and other universities.
Daniel Kitchens, SDSO Principal Horn, joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as Principal Horn. He has earned degrees from Texas Christian University and the Royal College of Music in London. has performed with orchestras across the world, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and as Guest Principal Horn with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of the Dominican Republic.