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Dakota Wind Quintet

Pictured L to R: John Tomkins, Christopher Hill, Daniel Kitchens, Jeffrey Paul, and William Cedeño Torres

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 Oboist since 2003, attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California.  As a conductor, Jeffrey has conducted the SDSYO Philharmonia orchestra since 2008.  He is also a pianist, saxophonist, educator, improviser, and composer, and has written several pieces for the Lakota Music Project, as well as four other various classical and jazz ensembles.

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, Principal Horn since 2016, has performed with orchestras across the world including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, The Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.  Mr. Kitchens received a Bachelor of Music from Texas Christian University and a postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Royal College of Music in London.  Prior to joining the SDSO, Daniel was pursuing postgraduate studies at Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops.  In 2020, Mr. Kitchens made his solo debut with the SDSO, performing Strauss’ Second Horn Concerto.