This sensory-friendly concert experience has been designed for those with sensory sensitivities, including neurodiverse audiences and those with communication, movement, and learning needs.
Upon entering the JSO, attendees will have the chance to feel and touch real instruments in our lobby prior to the concert. This concert features the softer wind instruments from our orchestra performing as a small ensemble/chamber group. Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Flute, and Oboe will share their unique sounds with the audience in a lower-lighting setting.
Audience members will be encouraged to use scarves to flow with the sound of the music and maracas to feel the beat. The venue will allow for moving or sitting during the performance as well as include accommodations like those listed below.
Please feel free to call our Box Office at (517)782-3221 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about any specific needs or accommodations.
Tasha Warren, two-time Grammy nominated recording artist, teacher and international performer, has premiered over one hundred solo clarinet and chamber works throughout the US, Europe, Israel, China, South Korea, and India. She has recorded with Innova, Alba, SCI Records, Crystal, Centaur Records, and Bright Shiny Things. Warren is Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the MSU College of Music and has taught on the music performance faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia. She is a member of American Modern Ensemble and Jackson Symphony and performs regularly with Lansing Symphony. She serves on the faculty of the Mostly Modern Ensemble and served as principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. She has implemented chamber music programs with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the University of Virginia, and the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, as well as study abroad programs to India and Spain. She founded and has been Artistic Director if the Sensory Friendly Spartan Concert Series at Michigan State University since 2015. She holds MM and DM performance degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
William Wheeler has been Principal Bassoonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra since 1982. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra in the Haydn and Mozart Sinfonias Concertante, the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, and Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis. Mr. Wheeler has presented solo recitals sponsored by the Orchestra and by Kalamazoo College, where he was instructor of bassoon. He has also held positions in the Lansing and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and performed with the Battle Creek, Jackson, Traverse, Midland, and Southwest Michigan Symphonies. He has presented and performed at annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). An active chamber music performer, he is a founding member of the New Castle Trio, the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Players, and the Durant Street Winds, and was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Woodwind Quintet for 21 years. His principal teacher was Dr. Edgar Kirk at Michigan State University. Mr. Wheeler and his wife, a retired registered nurse, live in Lansing, Michigan, and are the parents of two grown daughters.
Stephen Foster received his Bachelor Degree in Horn Performance and Music Theory from Western Michigan University in 1993 and his Master of Music in Horn Performance from Rice University in 1995. He is in his 28th season as 2nd Horn in the Lansing Symphony and has been a member of the Jackson Symphony since 1998. A founding member of the Durant Street Winds, Mr. Foster has had much chamber music experience including being a four-year member of the nationally awarded Russell Brown Brass Quintet, and as natural horn performer, having received a grant to perform three chamber works (Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven) on the natural horn. Stephen, a native of Jackson, is Senior Project Manager at Jackson Automatic Sprinkler and lives in Jackson, MI, with his wife and two children.
Tess Miller, DMA, CMP, CPC enjoys a portfolio career as a freelance performer, flute instructor, therapeutic musician, core energy coach, public speaker, and author. Dr. Miller received a Doctorate from Michigan State University. Her dissertation covered research on music performance anxiety and how to use journal writing to develop confident performance skills. Invitations to present her experience with journal writing for performance include the National Flute Association Convention, the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference, various educational institutions throughout the USA.
Gretchen Morse received her Doctorate in Oboe Performance from Michigan State University in 1995, while studying with Daniel Stolper. This will be her 29th season playing Oboe and English Horn with the Lansing Symphony, and she has been a contracted member with many other orchestras throughout Michigan and New York State, as well as The American Wind Symphony Orchestra.