2017 Faculty: Winds
Tom Bittinger holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in music and education from Colorado State University, and also studied bassoon performance with Walter Greene at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Yoshi Ishikawa at The University of Colorado. In 2009, He retired from Poudre School District after a successful thirty-one year career teaching both band and orchestra in the junior high schools. Currently he is principal bassoonist with the Fort Collins Symphony, The Cheyenne Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, Canyon Concert Ballet, and The Larimer Chorale.
Praised for his “agility, speed…liquid phrasing and tonal sophistication” (Fanfare Magazine) Venezuelan flutist Ysmael Reyes enjoys a varied career as a soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Mr. Reyes has performed in the United States, Russia and throughout South America.
Formed in Venezuela’s National System of Youth Orchestras “El Sistema”, Mr. Reyes has been a prize winner in the First Latin American Flute Competition, the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, the Music Award by the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His first recording Incanto: Venezuelan Contemporary Music has been recently released by Clear Note Records and is distributed worldwide by Naxos of America.
Mr. Reyes joined the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2006, and is currently on the faculty at Regis University and the Colorado Center for Musical Arts. Mr. Reyes has performed solo recitals at the National Flute Association’s Conventions in Charlotte (2011) and New Orleans (2013) and has been a performer and clinician in festivals such as Flautas Gerais Festival in Brazil, The Second International Flute Festival in Venezuela, The University of Texas-Brownsville Flute Festival, The Albuquerque Flute Fiesta, and The Colorado Flute Association Flute Fair.
For more information, audio and video performances and events visit: www.ysmaelreyes.com