As the professional resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, members of the Chinook Winds Quintet serve as principal players in the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as present chamber music and interactive school programs and residencies throughout Montana and the Northwest. The Chinook Winds have been performing throughout the region since 1992, both as a non-traditional woodwind trio and now as traditional wind quintet. Their performances have been praised for their excellent choice of literature, technical proficiency and wonderful artistry.
Norman Gonzales, flute
A native of Georgia, Norman is an active solo, orchestral and chamber musician.Dedicated to spreading his knowledge and love of music, he was a flute instructor at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester NY.
Melanie Pozdol, oboe
Melanie Pozdol was born into a musical family, singing in the church choir by the age of four, beginning her musical studies on the violin at five and adding the oboe to her daily practice routine as a ten-year-old. A native of Chicago, she attended the University of South Carolina on a full academic scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a double performance degree in violin and oboe
Mike Nelson, horn
A Florida native, Mike joins the Great Falls Symphony and Chinook Winds quintet for his first season as Principal Horn. He has been an active freelance musician in the Cincinnati and Central Florida areas. Mike received his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance with cognate studies in orchestral conducting.
Useon Choi, clarinet
A native of South Korea, Mr. Choi Mr. Choi has given performances in Belgium, Japan and Korea, collaborating with clarinet groups such as the Flanders Clarinet Quartet, Kansai Clarinet Society and the Busan Clarinet Choir. His greatest achievements in the band realm are performing at the Carnegie Hall with the UIUC Wind Symphony.
Elizabeth Crawford, bassoon
A native of upstate New York, Elizabeth began her formal education on piano and bassoon in the Eastman School of Music preparatory division. She completed her undergraduate degree in performance from Manhattan School of Music, and completed a masters degree in music performance from the University of Utah.
As a bassoonist and vocalist in the Army Band program Elizabeth performed for audiences all over the U.S. and South Korea.