Garrett Hudson, Flute
Recognized by the Winnipeg Free Press for “shaking up the classical music world”, Garrett Hudson is a founding member of WindSync. The young Canadian’s roots lie in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he emerged at the age of 16 in a solo debut with the Winnipeg Symphony. Garrett completed a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, studying under Scottish flutist Lorna McGhee and earned his Masters of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of renowned flute pedagogue Leone Buyse. Garrett is usually found behind the wheel of a minivan while WindSync is on tour and is a coffee and wine enthusiast.
Emily Tsai, Oboe
Quoted by DMV Classical as having “a consistently lovely tone and [taking] her melodic twists and turns with stylish assurance,” Emily Tsai began her musical studies at the age of four on the violin and began playing the oboe in 5th grade. Emily received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer and her Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester graduating Magna Cum Laude. As a member of the first Graduate Fellowship Quintet, she received her Master of Music at the University of Maryland studying under Mark Hill. When not on tour with WindSync, Emily performs in several chamber and orchestral groups at home in the DC area. She is also training for her first Tough Mudder race and loves to play video games.
Julian Hernandez, Clarinet
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Julian began his musical studies at the age of 9. He earned his undergraduate degree in music education from Baylor University and completed his Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at the University of Michigan under Dan Gilbert. Julian was a two-time orchestral fellow at the Texas Music Festival, where he won second prize at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Concerto Competition, and participated twice as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar (yes, on clarinet). A strong advocate for music as a vehicle for social change, he is a graduate of the YOA Global Leaders training program and has presented masterclasses in the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Suriname.
Kara LaMoure, Bassoon
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Kara LaMoure is a chamber music addict, performing regularly as a founding member of the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet and having recently been on the roster of the Missouri Quintet, Odyssey Chamber Music Series (Columbia MO), and Chamber Project St. Louis. She also takes special interest in global youth orchestra movements and has served as a coach for youth orchestras in Switzerland, Honduras, Mexico, and Brazil. As an orchestral musician, Kara performed previously with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and she can be heard on the original soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Between performances, she can probably be found working on new creative projects or listening to podcasts.
Anni Hochhalter, Horn
A west coast native, Anni Hochhalter joined WindSync in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Director. Anni graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music degree in French horn performance studying with leading studio and orchestral musicians Rick Todd, James Thatcher, and Kristy Morrell along with summers under Roger Kaza. Dedicated to collaborative social and educational initiatives, she was selected to participate in the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University in February 2017. When not performing, Anni stars in Hollywood films such as The Soloist featuring Jamie Foxx where she played the role of 3rd horn in the Juilliard Orchestra from 1970.
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