Named after the galaxy nearest our own, Andromeda Quintet brings adventurous listening experiences to audiences of all ages. The group brings together five of Boston's most dynamic musicians and educators. Their members have performed individually with diverse ensembles throughout North America, including: Canadian Opera Company, Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and Memphis Jazz Orchestra. Andromeda Quintet members currently numerous faculty positions, including at: Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College, Dana Hall School of Music, Winchester Community Music School, and Powers School of Music. Andromeda is committed to excellence, while exploring the expressive and technical possibilities of the brass quintet medium. Highlights of the 2017-18 season include performances at Belmont Day School, house concerts through Groupmuse, and the inaugural Andromeda Summer Brass Week.
Dr. Ryan Noe is a freelance trumpeter throughout New England. Currently he holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Glens Falls Symphony as well as Third Trumpet with the Cape Ann Symphony. As a chamber musician Dr. Noe is a member of the Fenway Quintet and has also performed with the Boston University Faculty Brass Quintet, the Bay View Brass, Bala Brass, and the Western Brass Quintet. As an orchestral musician he has performed throughout New England with groups such as the Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony Nova, New Bedford Symphony, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix,, Alea III: Contemporary Music Ensemble, MetroWest Opera Company, and the Commonwealth Lyric Theater.
In 2014 Dr. Noe was a Semi-Finalist for the National Trumpet Competition Graduate Solo Division and in 2012 he was apart of the Boston University Trumpet Octet who performed as Semi-Finalists at the National Trumpet Competition. In the summer of 2011 he performed as a pit orchestra musician for the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH. Dr. Noe moved to Boston, MA in 2009 when he began his Master of Music degree from Boston University. He continued with his Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University completing it in 2015. While at Boston University he has studied with Terry Everson, Thomas Siders, and Peter Chapman. Prior to moving to Boston, Dr. Noe lived in Kalamazoo, MI where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. At WMU he studied with Professor Scott Thornburg and double majored in Trumpet Performance and Music Education. Dr. Noe is originally from Plymouth, MI.
Neal Andrews, hailing from Vancouver, Canada, began music at a young age on piano and violin, later adding trumpet to the mix. Neal began his studies on trumpet at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) where he studied with Richard Stoelzel and Kevin Maloney. Neal then moved to Boston and completed his master’s at Boston University, studying with Terry Everson, Peter Chapman and Thomas Siders. Now, he is close to finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts at BU. Neal has been a semi-finalist numerous times at the National Trumpet Competition, competing in both solo and ensemble divisions, and was a member of the GVSU trumpet ensemble that took 3rd place in 2009. During his time in Boston, Neal has performed with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, the Boston University Faculty Brass Quintet, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the ALEA III: Contemporary Music Ensemble. In addition, Neal has enjoyed playing as Soprano Cornetist since 2013 with the New England Brass Band under the direction of Stephen Bulla.
Neal also assists with the music ministry at Park Street Church for events such as Advent and Lessons and Carols. Outside of performing, Neal is currently an intern with Symphony Nova and has been on staff at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Recently, he has also been providing audio and video recording services to friends and colleagues.
In addition to his degrees on trumpet, Neal holds the ARCT performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) for both violin and piano. He has also been able to continue performing both as opportunities arise.
Marina Krickler is a sought-after musician and educator throughout New England. Hailed for her “soaring… warmly played” solos (Boston Classical Review), she performs extensively with many of the region’s ensembles.
Currently Fourth Horn with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with A Far Cry, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has appeared with the period ensemble Grand Harmonie. Ms. Krickler is the co-founder of the Red Hedgehog Trio, a chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring and expanding the repertoire for horn, violin, and piano. Her recent solo work includes performances with Haffner Sinfonietta, and Symphony Nova.
Ms. Krickler enjoys teaching students of all ages, and has presented masterclasses in both the United States and Canada. She holds faculty appointments at the Winchester Community Music School, Dana Hall School of Music, and Wellesley Public Schools.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Ms. Krickler spent her formative years playing piano and flute before being drawn to the horn at the age of sixteen. She holds a Master of Music in Performance from The Boston Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Music Performance Diploma from Mount Royal University. Her teachers and mentors have included Joan Watson, Eli Epstein, Gabe Radford, and Laurie Matiation. In addition to her formal education, she is an alumna of the National Academy Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Gregory Platt is an accomplished trombonist in the Boston area, pursuing a wide variety of musical endeavors.
He is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University and frequently performs with local orchestras including the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Unitas Ensemble, and New England Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Gregory spent a summer with the National Repertory Orchestra in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado where he also performed with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. He was a fellow at the 2017 Alessi Seminar in Eugene Oregon, performing for some of the greatest trombone pedagogues in the country. His talents were also brought overseas with the Music Academy International Festival Orchestra in Siena, Italy, where he performed operas with their world-class singers.
Active in national and international competitions, Gregory has placed in the International Trombone Association’s Lew Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Trombone Competition, the ITA’s Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Steven Zellmer Trombone Competition. He is also routinely on the sublist for the New World Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Gregory received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Connecticut. His primary teachers and influences include Toby Oft and Stephen Lange of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as George Sanders of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew received his Doctorate from the University of Memphis, his Master’s degree from Boston University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford all in Applied Performance and Pedagogy.
He is an active freelance musician in the greater Boston area and has had the privilege to perform in venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Worcester’s Mechanics Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Spain and Portugal including a performance in the prestigious Granada Festival in Spain. Matthew has been asked to perform with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Orchestra, the Louisville Ballet Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Mississippi and in Tennessee. He has also been selected as a participant for the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, the Pokorny Seminar, and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. He has also given numerous master classes at many high schools, churches, colleges, and instrumental workshops.
Dr. Visconti is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Lexington Christian Academy and the Instructor of Trombone at Atlantic Union College’s Thayer Performing Arts Center. He has previously served as a faculty member at the University of Memphis, Jackson State University, Dyersburg State Community College and Arkansas Statue University’s Mid-South campus where he taught Applied Trombone, Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, Marching Band, Chamber Music and Orchestral Techniques. Dr. Visconti also writes reviews for the International Trombone Journal.
Join Andromeda Quintet for a week of fun, playing brass chamber and ensemble music! Explore new repertoire, while learning how to rehearse efficiently and listen critically. Participants’ performance skills will be strengthened through daily masterclasses, followed by a formal recital at the end of the program.