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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 Minnesota Public Radio. The majority of their 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, 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. John also serves as Principal Bassoon of The Sioux City Symphony Orchectra and is the Bassoon Instructor at Augustana College and Sioux Falls University.
Christopher Hill has been the SDSO’s Principal Clarinet since 1987 and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Sousa Band, Carousel National Tour, and the Evita World Tour. He is also conductor of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band and is the designer of the Chadich-Hill mouthpiece.
Daniel Kitchens, SDSO Acting Principal Horn, completed his BM in Performance from Texas Christian University and his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Royal College of Music in London. Mr. Kitchens has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, as well as many other regional orchestras. Previously, Daniel was Third Horn in the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and an active freelance musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The 2016-17 season marks his first with the SDSO.