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QUADRE: Artist Bios


"Here are four amazingly talented hornists with some very hip music - moments of inspiration, sorrow, silliness, love, virtuosic display, but above all: just plain fun."    - International Horn Call

Amy Jo RhineAMY JO RHINE (aka Dot)

Amy Jo Rhine is a seasoned orchestral performer who has held principal positions with the Colorado Music Festival since 1997 and the Memphis-based IRIS Orchestra since 2001. She currently is the third horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where her husband, Greg Roosa is the second horn. Rhine is active in the Los Angeles recording studios and can be heard on some of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster releases. She collaborated with famed studio horn player, James Thatcher on his album, Now Playing. Prior to her family’s move to sunny SoCal, they spent 9 years in St Louis, MO where she enjoyed a diverse professional life teaching from her home private studio, held the adjunct faculty positions at both Webster and Maryville Universities and played regularly with the St Louis Symphony. From 1996-2001, Rhine was the Assistant Professor of Horn at Wichita State University and Principal Horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that she held the Principal Horn position with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans to which she made significant administrative contributions in that cooperative ensemble. A chamber music enthusiast, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Panama with the Lieurance Wind Quintet, the Wichita Brass Quintet, the Wilson Wind Quintet and QUADRE, The Voice of Four Horns. Rhine joined QUADRE in 2008. Rhine received her training from Verne Reynolds at the Eastman School of Music earning a BM degree and Performer’s Certificate. She continued her education with James Decker at the University of Southern California graduating with a MM degree. Rhine plays a Geyer model horn by Karl Hill. Amidst busy performance schedules, Amy and Greg reserve ample time to discover the finer points of Supercars and Super Heroes with their sons, Norty and Sutton.


Daniel WoodDANIEL WOOD (aka Moe)

A horn player, teaching artist and composer, Daniel founded QUADRE in 1998 after working as a music contractor in Los Angeles.  Since then he has composed for all three of their commercially released albums. As a solo artist, he has played with numerous chamber ensembles, symphonies, opera & ballet companies, and new music ensembles. He also presents solo shows as an improvisational musician using the horn, piano, and electronics - a favorite artistic pastime. In 2007, he premiered his show, “Life on a Island” which delved into the issues of music & diversity in the United States.  In 2009, he premiered his show, “Brother, can you spare a Dime,” a depression-era musical retrospective.  He is the executive director for the organization’s nonprofit and has handled all aspects of the business including marketing, development, and sales. He lectures regularly on the “Business of Music.”  He also runs a horn music publishing company, Solid Wood Publishing with over 130 titles of horn music. In 2002, he founded the digital arts program for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA. As a current faculty member, he teaches horn and music composition. He received his education from UCLA with additional training in discipline-based arts education – a Getty Center curriculum.


LYDIA VAN DREEL (aka Frank)Lydia Van Dreel

Lydia Van Dreel is assistant professor of horn at the University of Oregon. Ms. Van Dreel performs regularly as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The Iris Orchestra (Germantown, TN) the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the faculty brass and wind quintets at the University of Oregon. Before joining the Oregon faculty in 2006, Ms. Van Dreel held a ten-year tenure as Co-Principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra (FL) and was a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO. Ms. Van Dreel performs as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician throughout the United States, concertizing and recording music of all styles. Van Dreel's playing was recently featured in the 2012 Chrysler Super Bowl ad "It's Halftime in America." She joined QUADRE in 2007. Ms. Van Dreel received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of William Purvis and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Nathan PawelekNATHAN PAWELEK (aka Ned)

A composer and horn player, Nathan has been playing the horn a long time. He has worked with nationally-recognized artists, and an occasional international VIP. Receiving degrees in music from Oberlin and Yale, and later an MFA in creative writing from a tiny school in Vermont, Nathan attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, the European Mozart Academy in Poland, and played under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas with the New World Symphony. As principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet for ten seasons, he currently resides on the east coast. He has written numerous works for orchestra including a symphony, a clarinet concerto, a song cycle, and a children’s program for narrator and orchestra, as well as chamber music for woodwind quintet, and since joining QUADRE in 2003, horn quartet. His wife is Karen and his children are Aidan and Zachary, boys whose ages are changing all the time.