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The PEN Trio was a force of inspiration and excellence in their visit. Their performance at the Teatro Anita Villalaz in Panama was superb. The balance, precision, intonation, and the tone of the trio was beautiful. The audience seemed astonished by the strength of the sound produced by an ensemble of only three people. 

I was happy that the concert was well attended. I wasn't sure that a woodwind trio could attract a big audience in a country not used to a festival of only classical music. I believe that their master class at the National Institute of Music of Panama was an important factor to draw audience to the concert. Phillip, Eric, and Nora are just wonderful people. Their accessibility and humble personality made them immediately likable to everyone here in Panama.

  Luis Casal • Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo (Panama)


The PEN Trio gave a delightful performance that shared the richness and diversity of the woodwind repertoire.  It was a wonderful afternoon of beautiful music that our audience greatly enjoyed.  All three members engaged our audience and the whole event could not have been better!  They are excellent musicians and we hope they come back to West Texas again!

  Valerie C. Bluthardt • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (Texas)   

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The PEN Trio's presentation at UW-Madison was remarkably interesting for our students. Their detailed insights about what it takes to form and run a professional chamber music group was extremely informative and useful for these young musicians. And the performances were brilliant and showed the high standards that all our students should aspire to

  Marc Vallon • University of Wisconsin-Madison  


The visit by the PEN Trio represents the very best guest artist residency the Fine Arts Center of Greenville has had: superb performers who are also patient, caring teachers that are able to reach kids on their level. The finest people as well as the finest players. I look forward to the next time the PEN trio visits. 

  Gary Robinson • Fine Arts Center of Greenville County, South Carolina

With a growing reputation as fine pedagogues as well as performers, the PEN Trio brings a new energy and fresh approach to the reed trio, playing with intelligence and scholarly insight

  Nancy King • Professor of Oboe, University of Michigan


The Department of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth is committed to providing opportunities to our students to work with high-caliber musicians and educators in order to enrich their musical development, as well as world-class performances to the campus and Duluth community. The PEN Trio's visit and performance was one of the highlights of our performance season in Weber Music Hall, and provided our students with the perfect model of professionalism, artistry, and instruction through their master classes on performance and being a musician/entrepreneur in the 21st Century. I wish I could have them back every year!

  Jefferson Campbell • Head, Department of Music, University of Minnesota Duluth


The ensemble gave a stunning performance, with really remarkable blend, precision, and artistry.  The students I talked with commented on how impressed they were with both the virtuosity of the ensemble playing as well as the solo lines.  


  Bradley Wong • Prof. of Clarinet and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Western Michigan University


The brought all of their considerable personality and ability into our concert to create a wonderfully moving and uplifting performance.  The next time I am listening to them I will either be making or buying a recording!

M. Ross Baldwin • Cranbrook Music Guild


It is rare to come across musicians who are so musical and thoughtful.  They know the repertoire but more imporantly they know how to communicate their repertoire to an audience.

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn • Assistant Professor of Composition, Wichita State University

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The PEN Trio played a wonderful concert at the University of South Carolina.  Their ensemble was tight, yet their freedom of musical expression was not at all stifled.  Their musicality was extremely tasteful collectively and individually.  Each member’s tone was beautifully focused with resonance and their intonation and blend were impeccable.  It was truly a pleasure to host the group and hear them perform!

Joseph Eller • Associate Professor of Music, University of South Carolina


Your very fine performance was inspirational and I heard many wonderful comments about your ensemble from my students later that week.

  Marlen Vavrikova • Associate Professor of Oboe, Grand Valley State University


Although their visit was brief, I appreciate the impact [the] trio had on our students and musical community… The concert was terrific.  Each member of the ensemble performed with great technical expertise and musical expression.  There was a unifed approach to tone and color.  The pitch and blend of sounds was outstanding… [they] are always welcome at Oakland University.

  George Stoffan • Associate Professor of Clarinet, Oakland University


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