Comprised of passionate performers, teachers and advocates for the arts, the members of the Obsidian Quartet are committed to providing engaging sonic experiences through a mix of diverse repertoire and audience interaction.
Musicians J. Michael Holmes, Heidi Radtke Siberz, Joyce Griggs, & Henning Schröder have formed Obsidian Quartet. Officially formed in 2013, the ensemble came together after working with one another for over a decade. Having all completed graduate degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, saxophonists Joyce Griggs, Henning Schröder, Heidi Radtke Siberz and J. Michael Holmes share many musical commonalities, yet each maintain their own unique voice on the instrument. Like-minding in their direction, the Obsidian Quartet looks to foster new audiences for live performance and continue to ignite interest in the saxophone.J. Michael Holmes is a talented solo and chamber musician who “…is emerging as one of America’s stars in the world of the concert saxophone” (states saxophonist John Sampen). Holmes’ recent performance engangements include a 2012 European tour with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and five performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Holmes has also shared the stage with artists ranging from Ben Folds to The Temptations – Manahattan Transfer to Idina Menzel. Michael is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Illinois School of Music as well as the Enrollment Management Director for the School of Music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois, Holmes held positions as the Director of Marketing for Reed Instruments at Conn-Selmer, Inc., Artistic Advisor and Product Specialist with the Vandoren Corporation, and Guest Instructor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. For more information, see: www.michaelholmesmusic.comHeidi Radtke Siberz maintains an active career as a saxophonist, music librarian and pedagogue. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Heidi completed bachelor degrees in Political Science and Saxophone Performance along with master degrees in Library Science and Music Performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with saxophonist Debra Richtmeyer. She served two years on the faculty of the University of Miami, FL as a music librarian before moving to Bloomington, IN to pursue a doctoral degree in saxophone with Otis Murphy. While at Indiana, Heidi has been an Associate Instructor of Saxophone for the Jacobs School of Music. She has performed with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and the Bloomington based Holographic New Music Ensemble. A frequent performer of new works by IU faculty and student composers, Heidi was awarded the Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance in 2012.Joyce Griggs maintains a diversified career as a performing artist, administrator, and arts advocate. In addition to serving as the Associate Director of the University of Illinois School of Music, Joyce performs as a solo and chamber saxophonist throughout the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Mexico. In 2012, she appeared as a concerto soloist with the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán’s chamber orchestra (Merida, Mexico). She has commissioned and premiered numerous works, performed at two World Saxophone Congresses, several North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, and won the silver-medal as a member of the Red Onion Saxophone Quartet at the 2001 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Joyce’s scholarly research on Percy Grainger’s saxophone chamber music earned her the prestigious Grainger Medallion, only given to twenty-five Americans. She has published the Grainger chamber works through RBC Publications, Inc., and a recording of these works will be released in 2014. www.joycegriggs.comHenning Schröder enjoys a versatile international performance career both as a soloist and in groups as diverse as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Opus 21, as baritone saxophonist of the Obsidian Saxophone Quartet and together with his longtime duo partner, pianist Yu-Lien The. As both a performer and composer Henning has been featured at national and international conferences, especially promoting extended saxophone techniques. Inspired by his two-year tenure at the University of Pelita Harapan in Indonesia, Henning has developed a research interest in ethnomusicology and is particularly curious about the use of the saxophone in music systems from around the globe. A dedicated pedagogue, Henning serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University.
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