Quintet guests at next chamber music series
special to The Star
Nov. 3, 2002
The music of a flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon will fill the air of St. Paul's Episcopal Church during the next edition of St. Paul's Chamber Music Series.
The Thursday program will feature the talents of Sybil Cheesman, flute and piccolo; Frank Lynch, oboe; Jim Moritsugu, clarinet; Mimi Draut Linehan, horn; and Jon Wenberg, bassoon.
Moritsugu is the principal clarinet for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
The current season marks Jim Moritsugu's third year as principal clarinetist. Highlights of this season include six performances of Leroy Anderson's "Clarinet Candy" and a performance of the Schubert Octet in February with colleagues in the Mississippi Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, Moritsugu holds the position of instructor of clarinet at both Millsaps College and Mississippi College.
Previous positions have included two years as principal clarinet with the Midland-Odessa Symphony &Chorale in Texas; two years as principal clarinetist of the Kenosha Symphony in Wisconsin; and two years as second clarinetist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.
Moritsugu has participated in summer festivals in Spoleto, Italy; Grand Teton, Wyo.; Aspen, Colo.; and Chautauqua, New York. He held the position of second clarinetist with the Ohio Light Opera Company in the summer of 1985.
Moritsugu was born in Montreal and grew up on Long Island. His education has included studies at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the Juilliard School of Music, Ohio State University, Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin.
He resides in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson.
Mimi Draut Linehan
Linehan has been principal horn with the MSO and horn in the MSO Wind Quintet since coming to Jackson in 1983.
She also currently performs with the Alabama Symphony, the Mississippi Opera and the Meridian Symphony. She teaches at Mississippi College.
As a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, Linehan majored in music performance, studying horn with Dennis Behm. She has performed as soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Mississippi Symphony; principal horn with the Missouri Symphony Society Chamber Orchestra; and extra with the Charleston Symphony.
Sybil M. Cheesman
Cheesman has been a member of the MSO since 1972. She became principal flute and one of the founding members of the MSO woodwind quintet in the fall of 1978.
Her responsibilities include playing concerts at elementary schools in Jackson, Clinton and Hinds County and all performances of the MSO. She performs concerts locally, is the founder of a community flute choir, teaches at Mississippi College and has an active private flute studio.
A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, she has performed with the Meridian, Greenville, Pensacola, Gulf Coast and Mobile symphonies. She also performs with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and is principal flute of the Mississippi Opera Orchestra.
Lynch has been the MSO's principal oboist since 1978, and has been a featured soloist with the orchestra on several occasions.
A native Mississippian, Lynch attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor's degree.
Lynch earned the degree of master of music. In addition to being a founding member of the MSO Woodwind Quintet, Lynch performs with the Delta Symphony Association and from 1985-1996 was a producer and announcer for Public Radio in Mississippi.
Wenberg is in his 10th year as principal bassoonist of the MSO. Originally form rural Wisconsin, Jon studied at Northwestern University, the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Aspen Music Festival.
While living is Mississippi he has performed with different groups around the state including the Mississippi Opera, the International Ballet Competition, and the Meridian Symphony.