Avenue Winds

Avenue Winds engages audiences of all ages with dynamic chamber music performances featuring new works by local San Francisco Bay Area composers as well as the classics of the woodwind quintet repertoire.   Mrs. Keller has enjoyed being a member of this ensemble since its inception.

Formed in 2002, this captivating woodwind quintet has performed in recital at numerous venues, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of San Francisco, Berkeley Chamber Performances, Deep Valley Chamber Music Series, Trinity Chamber Series, Community School of Music & Arts (Tateuchi Hall), Rengstorff House, and the Old First Concert Series.

Avenue Winds maintains a special interest and enthusiasm for 20th and 21st century works and actively seeks out collaborations with contemporary composers as part of the LoCAL Living Music Project. Recent highlights from the LoCal Living Music Project include:

• Ensemble-in-Residence for the San Francisco Chamber Wind Festival from 2006-2009;
• An entire recital of new works by members of the 2009 National Association of Composers, USA, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter;
• Proud three-time performer at the annual San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music;
• Featured Artist at the 2011 and 2012 Irregular Resolutions Composer’s Collective Concerts.


 “Any opportunity to work with the Avenue Winds is an immense pleasure. One of the most professional and talented ensembles I know, they have given some of the most outstanding and thoughtful performances of contemporary music I have heard…performances that the composers have told me were the most insightful and well-executed performances they have ever received. They are one of the most remarkable wind quintets I know.” — John Bilotta, composer


“The performance is exceptional…I was blown away…So very impressed by the sheer musicality and wonderful sound each of you have individually and as an ensemble…your performance conveys the music so very well. Such exceptional performers!…Again, thank you for performing my quintet so brilliantly….” —Jason Stanford, composer


“It was a wonderful evening of woodwind music. I can’t believe how well the quintet performed those five pieces! It was a pleasure to collaborate with you….” —Ed Dierauf, composer


“The Avenue Winds…selection of music included great classical music and contemporary music as well as fun, whimsical music. Everyone in the audience loved the performance and were thankful that Avenue Winds came to perform for them. I am so glad that I was able to have them.” —Mary Lee Barr, MLS, San Leandro Public Library


“I want to thank you for the wonderful presentation…the selections of pieces were nicely chosen and well-recognized by all the classes!…the format of introducing the players, the instruments and special features in the music moved so smoothly…a great model for future presentations!” —Barbara V. Barrett, music educator, St. Matthew School

For more information, please visit the Avenue Winds webpage at www.avenuewinds.com