Meet The Mill Avenue Chamber Players Quintet – Playing Next At ‘Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE’

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Mill Ave Chamber Players (MACP) will be performing during Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE.

MACP is a professional chamber music ensemble based in Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2007, MACP has received local and national recognition: City of Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Awards nominee (2016), Governor’s Arts Awards nominee (2017), and Chamber Music America recognition for work in community building at the 2017 national conference.

Embarking on its twelfth season, Mill Ave Chamber Players seeks to strengthen communities by presenting quality chamber music performances across the Valley. During the 2019-2020 season, MACP will celebrate its tenth season of concerts at the United Church of Sun City (Sun City, AZ), seventh season at the Glendale Public Library, sixth year as artists-in-residence at Cicero Preparatory Academy (Scottsdale, AZ), fourth year of working with the Phoenix Public Libraries, and second year as artists-in-residence at Changing Hands Book Store.

MACP will be the entertainment made possible by the City of Peoria at ABT’s Sunday Brunch on January 26, 2020.

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Let’s meet them…

Rose French

Rose French is the founder of the Mill Ave Chamber Players and residential faculty at Phoenix College. She has been a contributing artist at the International Horn Symposiums in Ithaca, Los Angeles, London, Natal (Brazil), Brisbane (Australia), and Cape Town (South Africa), where she also the won the Dorothy Frizelle International Horn Excerpt Competition. In the Southwest, Rose is principal horn of the West Valley Symphony and performs with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Monterrey, and Orquestra de Baja California. She’s toured China twice as principal horn of the American Festival Orchestra.

Rose has been a guest artist and chamber music coach at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Arizona Chamber Music Experience. She serves as Exhibits and Advertising Coordinator for the International Horn Society, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie’s House: a non-profit music academy that provides free instruction and instruments to under-served youth.

Thomas Breadon

Dr. Thomas Mark Breadon Jr. is an active educator, bassoonist, and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College where he teaches bassoon and composition lessons, chamber music, music theory, and humanities courses. He is also in his first year as Band Director at Arizona School for the Arts and maintains a private bassoon/composition studio in the greater Phoenix area. For the last three summers he has taught bassoon, chamber music, improvisation, and composition at the Mill Ave Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.

Dr. Breadon performs as a bassoonist with Mill Ave Chamber Players, West Valley Symphony, and a myriad of ensembles throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. In addition to orchestral and chamber music, he performs as an improviser with many varying artists including Provisions DJ Collective, Oh My Ears, and Black Air.


Monica Sauer Anthony

Monica Sauer Anthony, flutist, enjoys a very versatile career – performing and educating in the Phoenix area. She performs with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and Symphony of the Southwest. Prior to performing with these ensembles, she was the founder of the Red Mountain Winds and Sonora Flute & Guitar Duo. Monica has been a frequent musician with the West Valley Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, and Opera Southwest. As a lover of new music, she regularly performs with Crossing 32nd Street New Music Ensemble. Monica has been a guest recitalist all over the Southwest and Midwest.

Monica has been a faculty member at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) since 2006. She developed a progressive approach to prepare young woodwind players to enter the performing and academic world beyond high school.

Nikolaus Flickinger

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nikolaus Flickinger is the owner-operator of OBONIK, a company that specializes in handmade oboe and English horn reeds, and a longtime member of Mill Ave Chamber Players. Nikolaus received his Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Arizona State University and is currently the principal oboe player of the West Valley Symphony. Prior to moving to Arizona, Nikolaus attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Katherine Palmer

Katherine Palmer, clarinetist and educator, enjoys a multifaceted musical career and works as a performing musician, educator, and arts administrator. Katherine plays with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and has appeared with a variety of musical groups throughout Phoenix and Arizona. She is the Curator of Education at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix where she oversees educational content. Additionally, Katherine is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and music humanities at Paradise Valley Community College, a Faculty Associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at ASU, and maintains a private teaching schedule.

Katherine is the Executive Director of Daraja Music Initiative (DMI), a non-profit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Aiming to bridge the arts and sciences, DMI promotes sustainability of African Blackwood trees that clarinets – and other instruments – are constructed from.