Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet (flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
Duration: 8 minutes
Commissioned by: Trade Winds Quintet

Although the majority of my works include winds in one way or another, Emblems is my first work for woodwind quintet. The piece was written for my friends, the Austin-, Chicago-, and NYC-based Trade Winds Quintet, who premiered Emblems in Arusha, Tanzania as part of a teaching and outreach project. Trade Winds Quintet's mission is "to empower individuals to express themselves by providing excellent and accessible workshops, performances, and collaborations that explore music as a tool for social change and the arts as a way of life." In four continuous movements, the music of Emblems is inspired by the members' radiant personalities, contagious joy, and dedication to social change through creativity.

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