Susan Miranda, oboe
Susan Miranda, oboist, entrepreneur and founder of Chione Quintet and mothröv, has a vast performance resumé which includes various countries across Europe as well as Sioux City Symphony, Huron Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Susan’s strengths are many, including business owner, writer, founder of numerous ensemble and businesses as well as partner in the creation of Twin Cities Symphony, a new orchestra for emerging professionals.
As an entrepreneur and new music pioneer, Susan has worked to create new, interesting and relevant chamber music opportunities for herself and her colleagues. Chione Quintet performed live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio within it’s first seven months as an ensemble and most recently represents Classical MPR through their school residency program Class Notes. Revolutionary trio, mothrmöv, explores and embraces the relationship between music and movement.
Susan is a sought out oboe teacher in the Twin Cities as her Chromatic Fusion Oboe Studio boasts students who have attended honor bands throughout Minnesota and Iowa including the prestigious University of Minnesota Honor Band. Additionally, her students have had the honor of being accepted into the MN All-State Honor Bands and Orchestra. As a clinician and coach, Susan has been on faculty at Athena Music and Leadership Camp, ISD 622’s Beginning Band Camp and has coached the MN All-State Concert Band oboe student for the last three years.
Susan had the opportunity to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school senior, where she studied with Daniel Stolper. She holds a Bachelors of Communications and Applied Music Degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Basil Reeve. Other principal instructors have included Andréa Banke, Roger Roe and Jeffrey Paul.
Hannah Palmquist, harp
Hannah Spivey is a native of Tucson, AZ. She began her harp studies at the age of 6 with Patricia Harris. Hannah has been a featured soloist with Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Tucson Pops Orchestra, and University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of world renowned touring harp ensemble, HarpFusion, from 2008-2010, with whom she toured China and Brazil. Hannah was a participant in the British Isles Music Festival, where she studied chamber works under the tutelage of Ieuan Jones of Royal College of Music. In 2019, she premiered two works by composer Aleksandr Brusentsev during a Schubert Club Courtroom Concert, both of the works feature numerous extended techniques for the harp. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History/ Theory/ Criticism from University of Arizona, a Master of Music in Harp Performance from University of Minnesota, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Kathy Kienzle at University of Minnesota. She currently serves as principal with St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Hannah also has a passion for teaching. She currently teaches over 30 private piano/ harp students and has received credit for Suzuki harp teacher training in Books 1 and 2.
Brittany Zales, mover
Brittany Zales is a dance artist in the Twin Cities. She was recently featured at the Twin Cities Symphony’s Inaugural Performance as an improvisational mover throughout the second half of the concert. She has continued to explore dance through the years with improvisational movement and collaborations with Zenon Dance Company. Brittany has worked with several local choreographers and dancers such as Gerry Girouard, Christine McGinnis and Kathryn Dudley Alina Fatieieva. Brittany is currently performing as one third of mothrmöv, a revolutionary trio consisting of an oboist, a harpist, and a mover. mothrmöv performs at venues and schools throughout the Twin Cities. Brittany graduated from Perpich Center for Arts Education in 2011 where she studied dance.