Recognized by audiences and colleagues alike for their passionate performances of both classical repertoire and modern masterworks, Catharsis Winds is an up-and-coming Cleveland, Ohio based woodwind quintet founded in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Catharsis performs throughout the Cleveland and greater Northeastern Ohio areas in recitals, gala events, outreach concerts, and radio interviews. Catharsis Winds is also devoted to widening the appeal of chamber music to young musicians and teaches clinics at the middle and high school levels.
Jessica Chancey, Flute
Jessica Chancey is entering the last year of her undergraduate degree in Flute performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) studying with Mary Kay Fink, Principal Piccolo of The Cleveland Orchestra. She commenced her studies at the age of 15 with Colleen Blagov who is Principal Flute in The Orlando Philharmonic. Jessica thrived under her teaching methods and promptly began playing Principal Flute in orchestras such as the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and The New Score Chamber Orchestra, as well as playing Principal in Festivals including Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Michigan) and Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, Massachusetts) all while in High School. Since attending CIM, Jessica has continued to perform in orchestras including her recent appointment as 2nd Flute and Piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute and piccolo in the CIM Orchestra and Opera Theatre Orchestra, subbing Principal Flute with The Cleveland Philharmonic, and being a substitute for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, during the summers, she has attended Domaine Forget (Québec, Canada) and the Miami Summer Music Festival (Miami, Florida).
As a soloist, Jessica Chancey has performed with orchestra in halls such as The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (Orlando, FL), The New World Center (Miami, FL), and the Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center (Miami, FL). A great deal of her ambition to perform as a soloist derives from those she’s collaborated with in the past including Emmanuel Pahud, Denis Bouriakov, Jeffrey Khaner, and many other internationally renowned flutists.
Jessica’s artistic passion doesn’t simply stand alone with orchestral and solo performance but with chamber music as well. Being a founding member of the Woodwind Quintet she plays in, Catharsis, has by far become one of her largest passions. Performing throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, Catharsis expeditiously expands their renown as they perform various concerts and recitals containing both works of standard repertoire and new commissions/arrangements.
Zhu, Shihao (Hugh), Clarinet
Zhu, Shihao (Hugh) is a clarinetist originally from Zhengzhou, China, currently a sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying clarinet performance with Mr. Franklin Cohen who previously served as the principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra for over 40 years. Hugh joined the Catharsis in September 2017. Starting from the age of 4, Hugh has had a long passion towards the clarinet and classical music. His previous private teachers include Chunxiao Tao, the former professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in China, Burt Hara, the current associate clarinet principal of the LA Philharmonic, and Emil Khudyev, who is now the associate clarinet principal of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Hugh is also a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (Class 2017), with the honors of winning the Young Artist Award and the concerto competition. In his free time, Hugh enjoys spending time with family and hanging out with friends, and he loves playing with his one year old sister, Mia!
Corbin Krebs, Bassoon
Corbin Krebs is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH) as a student of Barrick Stees, Assistant Principal Bassoonist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Before CIM, Corbin studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg at the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI). During his years at Interlochen (2014-2016), he served as principal bassoonist of the National Youth Orchestra USA, performing across Europe and China. He attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2017 and 2018, where he studied with Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has worked under the baton of some of the world’s leading conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, JoAnn Falletta, and Carl Topilow. Corbin was the founding bassoonist of Catharsis Woodwind Quintet, and has played with the ensemble since 2016. When he isn’t playing bassoon, Corbin enjoys playing the banjo, and spending time outdoors.
Willem Crone, Horn
Willem Crone is an undergraduate student currently pursuing his degree in horn performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio) as a student of Richard King, former principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also studied under renowned horn teachers including Rick Solis, Gregory Miller, Wallace Easter, and Jeff Nelsen. He performs regularly as the hornist of Catharsis, Principal horn of both the CIM Orchestra and CIM Opera Theater Orchestra, and has also performed with the Canton Symphony. In the summer of 2018, he was principal horn of the Miami Music Festival Opera Orchestra.
Crone has a true passion for chamber music, which he pours into his work with his wind quintet Catharsis (est. 2016), of which he is a founding member. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Catharsis performs a wide array of works for audiences spanning all ages and backgrounds through recitals, outreach concerts, and children’s programs. Their diverse repertoire includes both wind quintet standards as well as unique arrangements and new commissions and their performances across northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania have been met with widespread acclaim. In the fall of 2018,
Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, Crone was heavily influenced and inspired by his parents, who are both professional musicians; Crone’s father Jay plays the trombone and his mother Betsy plays the flute. Both teach their respective instruments at Virginia Tech. In his free time, Crone enjoys both playing and watching a variety of sports including football, basketball, and baseball.
Michael Isaac Ripple, Oboe
Michael Isaac Ripple is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in oboe performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio) as a student of Mr. Frank Rosenwein, following graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Michigan), as a student of Mr. Daniel Stolper. He performs regularly as the Oboist of Catharsis, the Principal Oboist of the CIM Opera Theater Orchestra, as well as an oboist and English Hornist in the CIM Orchestra. During the summers of 2016 and 2017, he was the Principal Oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra, performing in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
M. Isaac’s true passion is chamber music, most notably recognized in his concertizing with Catharsis (est. 2016). As a founding member of the Cleveland, Ohio. based woodwind quintet known as Catharsis, he performs a wide variety of music for audiences spanning generations in recitals, outreach concerts, and children’s programs. Catharsis has performed multiple full-length recitals in the Cleveland Museum of Art, sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Music. Their diverse programs which juxtapose cornerstones of the woodwind quintet repertoire against new commissions and challenging arrangements have met widespread acclaim throughout Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the DiVaS Woodwind Quintet and Foggy Bottom Winds, both sponsored by the NSO Summer Music Institute and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
As a teacher, M. Isaac Ripple has served as the Oboe Teaching Assistant at Interlochen Arts for the 2018 Camp Season. He taught classes in reedmaking, coached chamber music, and led performance based classes with a focus on rehearsal skills. He has developed a “Oboe Workout/Warm-up Methodology” which takes an athletic-training based approach to strengthening fundamental techniques, embouchure, tone, and musicality, all within the confines of a daily ‘warm-up’.
Isaac is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania where he lives on Lake Erie with his family and five dogs. He is an amamteur chef, avid photographer, traveler, and lover of all art forms and culture.