The Coastal Reeds

THE COASTAL REEDS based in Connecticut, performs eclectic educational concerts in various combinations of oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn and bassoon. The members teach and play professionally in various institutions and ensembles throughout the state and include Anne Megan, oboe, Tamar Beach Wells, oboe and oboe d’ amore, Marilyn Krentzman, oboe and English horn, and Rebecca Noreen, bassoon. They have performed in schools, libraries, active adult communities, and outdoor venues.

MARILYN KRENTZMAN recently retired from 36 years of public school teaching, most recently in West Hartford and formerly in Southington, CT. A veteran conductor of many school performing groups she has prepared students for performance from the 4th grade through high school level. She was the conductor of the Hall High School Orchestra, West Hartford, for six years. Ms. Krentzman has been a member of the Hartford Symphony for 30 years, performing on both oboe and English horn. She has been a soloist with the New Britain Symphony and Chamber Orchestra New England. Marilyn maintains a studio of private oboe students. A graduate of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Marilyn has completed additional graduate work there and has a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Her principal oboe teachers have been Robert Bloom, Bert Lucarelli, Thomas Stacy and Harry Bartocetti.

TAMAR BEACH WELLS, a frequent soloist at the Burlington Congregational Church, is a founding member of the Grammy nominated Borealis Wind Quintet. She is the principal oboist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and has played with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Westchester Symphony. Ms. Wells has been a member of the Springfield Symphony and the Goodspeed Opera, and has toured nationally with Andrea Bocelli. In addition to the oboe, she plays the English horn, oboe d’amore and bass oboe and frequently collaborates with vocalists, choruses and other artists in diverse settings ranging from traditional solo performances to recording sessions from pop to opera. She has also given hundreds of children’s concerts with the Hartford Symphony’s inner city outreach program. Ms. Wells has been on the faculty of the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut. She is a voting member of the Grammy Foundation. Ms. Wells holds Bachelor’s degrees in performance and education from the Hartt School and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School.

REBECCA NOREEN, bassoonist, was a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City with the Kammer Quintet which appeared in two recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall. She graduated with a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and from Western Washington University where she obtained a B.A. and B.E. Ms. Noreen performs with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Waterbury Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She also is a former member of the New Haven Symphony and the United States Coast Guard Band. She performs with many choral groups in the area such as the Stonington Choral Society, Concora, ConBrio, and the Mystic River Choral. Her chamber music ventures include the Connecticut Reed Trio and the Laurel Double Reed Ensemble. Ms. Noreen is an instructor of bassoon presently at Connecticut College and Calvary Music School and was an instructor at the University of Rhode Island and Hartt Community Division for many years. She also has attended the Waterloo Festival and played with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor Gerard Schwarz. In Graz, Austria she performed in the Opera Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies. Her instructors include Stephen Maxym, Jane Taylor, Mark Eubanks, Matthew Ruggiero, Bruce Grainger, and Gregg Henegar.

ANNE MEGAN was the principal oboist of the US Coast Guard Band for twenty years and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony for 37 years. As a member of the band’s Woodwind Quintet, Anne performed for many Coast Guard functions and in recitals throughout the country, including the White House under President Clinton. She has soloed with the band and orchestra and has also performed with the Salt Marsh OperaCompany, Con Brio Chorale, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Opera Company of Connecticut, and the Mystic River Chorale. Anne attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle, and received her BM in Music Education from Boston University where she studied oboe with Ralph Gomberg. Her other major teachers were Marion Norcross, Norman Wells, Bert Lucarelli, and Sarah Lambert Bloom. Anne teaches privately from her home.

The Coastal Reeds have been performing together for over 10 years, playing in libraries, concert halls, schools and churches. They premiered a work, Dry Leaves, by Dale Wilson at the International Double Reed Society Conference at Ithaca College, NY in 2005. Renowned composer Daniel Baldwin also wrote them a piece, Mosaic, for their school concerts. They havecommissioned Tom Briggs to arrange several pieces for them for their varied programs.



About the Artist

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Take a journey through the history of double reeds, experiencing music from the Renaissance to the present. Learn how the double reed works, the interesting sound of the instruments, and what makes the double reeds unique and fun to play.

• School programs, grades K-12  Also available for all ages at libraries, indoor and outdoor venues and retirement communities

• To introduce students to the double reed instruments-Students will be able to identify the oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn and bassoon, and know which is the highest and lowest pitched

• Students will learn the difference between single and double reeds and vocabulary: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, vibration, pitch, timbre

• Music is played from the renaissance, classical, romantic, and contemporary periods including a Janissary band from Turkey, taking students on a journey through the periods to see how the double reeds evolved

• American history is paralleled with Music history-Students are asked questions about what may have been happening in America when the double reeds were being developed in Europe.

• Students are invited to play on straws to experience what a double reed feels like

The Costal Reeds performed a concert for the Community Music School in Centerbrook, CT this past year. It was an exciting, well received event! Each member of this unique ensemble is a highly accomplished instrumentalist with great fluidity and skill, so it was a joy to hear the double reed instruments played at such a high level. Their program was smartly crafted mixing musical styles and examples from the past though the present and also traced the evolution of the double reeds throughout music history. The educational part of their program featured many captivating visual components and was fun, interactive, and upbeat and related well to our student audience. I highly recommend this talented, versatile ensemble for all school programs and concerts!”  Thomas Briggs, Music Director, Community Music School

“This program is fun and engaging for students of all ages! Not only do they teach you about the instruments in the double reed family, the Coastal Reeds  also engages students through music they can connect to. The Coastal Reeds take you on a trip through history with their program, starting from the Renaissance era to present, popular music. My students were so impressed by their playing and the music, many wanted to switch to a double reed instrument!”  Charlotte D’Aleo, Band Teacher-Henry James Memorial School

The Coastal Reeds: Mission Possible   (Grades: K-12, libraries, senior centers)

Take a journey through the history of double reeds, experiencing music from the Renaissance to the present.  Learn how the double reed works, the interesting sound of the instruments, and what makes the double reeds unique and fun to play. 


Single Performance: $890

Back to Back Performances: $1,615

Triple Performance: $2,150



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