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The PEN Trio bridges performance and scholarship to explore and expand the repertoire for the traditional trio d’anches. The ensemble regularly tours throughout North America and abroad and has become known for the quality and energy of their performances. The PEN Trio has visited dozens of universities and has performed at numerous academic conferences, chamber music series, and private functions. Recent highlights include performances in China, Hong Kong, and Trinidad, as well as appearances at the annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society, College Music Society and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, as well as performances on Michigan and Alabama Public Radio.

Their 2016 season includes concerts at the Centro Nacional de Musica de Concierto and the Universidad de las Artes in Havana, Cuba; the Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo in Panama; tours in Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota; a featured performance at ClarinetFest; as well as featured performance with flutist Francesca Arnone at the 44th Annual National Flute Association Convention in San Diego. This season the trio will premiere works by distinguished Chinese composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee as well as by South Carolina Music Teachers Association composer of the year Jon Grier.  The PEN Trio recently recorded their debut album, "Found Objects" in New York City with Boston-based Soundmirror. The album will include new works, written expressly for the ensemble, by William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn with an anticipated commercial release in 2017. 

The members of the PEN Trio are passionate about performance, education and scholarship, and the group is dedicated to expanding the scope of the traditional trio d'anches as well as to bring the intimate yet intense sound of this unique instrumentation to a wider audience. The term trio d'anches was coined by bassoonist Fernand Oubradous in 1927 to describe the now legendary Trio d'Anches de Paris. This celebrated group featured the three reed instruments commonly found in the orchestra: oboe, clarinet and bassoon. Popular mythology asserts that the group came together to explore a more perfect blend of timbres known as "une parfaite homogénéité,” that is not available to the standard woodwind quintet instrumentation, which includes the distinct and varied timbres of flute and horn. 

Louise Dyer-Hanson, founder of the publishing company Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre, heard the group in its early days and quickly became enamored with the sound of the ensemble.  Consequently, she helped the group commission several new works from leading composers that were eventually published by Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre. Ultimately, this group of pieces was published together as a collection that remained in print for over fifty years. The Trio d'Anches de Paris had nearly a dozen works written for and dedicated to the ensemble, including compositions by Bozza, Franck, Ibert, Milhaud, and Tomasi, which now forms the core of the standard repertoire. 

The PEN Trio was formed, in many ways, to continue the work that the Trio d'Anches de Paris began nearly one hundred years ago. Since 2010 the PEN Trio has premiered works by William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, Allen Cohen, Jon Grier, M. Shawn Hundley, Peter James Learn and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, and has promoted these works in concert around the world.  In 2013, the PEN Trio partnered with Trevor Cramer and TrevCo-Publishing to create the PEN Trio Collection.  This collection includes new works as well as new editions of existing works to make the trio d'anches more accessible to musicians around the globe.

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