First Fridays Presents North Coast Winds
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 // 5 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church // 1209 N Broadway, Milwaukee

Grace’s free and open to the public concert series, First Fridays, presents North Coast Midwest Winds, a woodwind quintet, on Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Featuring Olivia Dobbs (flute), Ali Frana (clarinet), Rachel Vohnoutka (oboe), Julie Steinbach Lovas (horn), and Jon Lovas (saxophone).

Concerts last about an hour, with light refreshments following the performance. Donations happily accepted.

For details about this concert series, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.

Artist Biographies:

Olivia Dobbs is a flutist and woodwind doubler based in Milwaukee, WI. She is a freelance performer and educator, performing with local Milwaukee artists and orchestras including DIY Chamber Music, the Milwaukee Philharmonic, North Coast Wind Quintet and in pit orchestras for musical theater productions. Olivia also collaborates with Brew City Big Band, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Neidhoefer, WAVY V, Dead Horses, Clear Pioneer, newvices on a frequent basis. Olivia holds her bachelor of arts degree in classics from Marquette University and has studied flute performance at DePaul University

Ali Frana, a clarinetist from West Allis, WI, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music where her primary teacher was Boston Symphony bass clarinetist, Craig Nordstrom. Ali received her Master of music degree from DePaul University School of Music where her primary teacher was the retired principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony, Larry Combs. Ali has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, as well as Edmonton and Magag, Canada. As a youth performer Ali is proud to have attended Interlochen Arts Camp. Ali teaches private music lessons at Sound Check Entertainment in West Allis. She has also taught several Master Classes for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. Ali is currently performing in the Milwaukee area and is a member of the North Coast Winds, Tabula Nova Ensemble, and the Milwaukee Philharmonic. She is very excited to continue sharing her passion for music with others.

Rachel Vohnoutka is an oboist and English horn player in the Milwaukee area. As a freelance musician, Rachel performs with local orchestras (Kenosha Symphony, Racine Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic), chamber groups (North Coast Wind Quintet), and musical theater productions. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. During the day Rachel works as a licensed psychotherapist.

Julie Steinbach Lovas is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she studied horn under Professor Greg Flint and earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in horn performance. Locally, Julie maintains an active freelance schedule and specializes in orchestral, musical/pit orchestra, and chamber music performance. Julie has enjoyed collaborating with Milwaukee Opera Theatre on their summer Baroque opera series which has taken place at the Lynden Sculpture Gardens. Julie is a founding member of North Coast Winds and an occasional substitute player with Wisconsin area regional symphonies including the Kettle Moraine Symphony, Racine Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Fox Valley Symphony. Julie has also performed as a section player for Hollywood Scoring Company’s Future Session Player’s Clinic held on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, California. When she is not teaching privately or performing on the horn, Julie enjoys working with companion animals at her day job as a veterinary technician.

Jon Lovas has been a fixture in the Milwaukee performing arts community for over 10 years, performing in both classical and jazz settings as a woodwind doubling professional. He has performed in classical settings with the Milwaukee Ballet and with area regional symphonies including Festival City Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Southwest Suburban Symphony, and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with Broadway Across America for touring productions of White Christmas, Motown, Chicago, Beautiful and most recently Anastasia. Jon is a regular substitute musician with Skylight Opera Theatre. As a recording artist, his credits include productions for the Fireside Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He maintains a regular booking at the Milwaukee Jazz Estate with his jazz quartet. Jon is also highly sought-after music educator, specializing woodwind instruments and jazz performance. Jon is the saxophone instructor at Carroll University and, in addition to his full-time employment as a middle school band instructor, he maintains a large private lesson studio. Jon holds a degree in Music Education from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Cardinal Stritch University.