Tia Roper, flute Megan Marolf, oboe
A magnetic flute and oboe duo, Alchemy Winds embodies highly refined musicianship with an undeniably powerful stage presence. Their range of music highlights an array of styles, from Baroque to the avant garde, opera arias to pop favorites - much of this music arranged themselves. Brought together through their association with the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra (both are principal members), Tia and Megan are dedicated to showcasing the versatility, lyricism, and brilliance that this dynamic instrumentation offers. Recent performance highlights include a concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, a lecture recital presented at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, and a performance at Soho’s Second Space Art Gallery for the I LIVE/I LOVE exhibit sponsored by the Hadar Foundation. Other venues include Books of Wonder as part of Make Music New York and and a concert at the Bloomingdale School of Music where they performed the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s Amuse-Bouche. Alchemy Winds has been selected to be the artists-in-residence this summer at Hill and Hollow Music, an award-winning chamber music organization located in the Saranac Valley of northern New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
As a distinguished soloist and concert artist, Tia Roper has several credits to her name. They include holding the principal flute positions of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan. She also is a grand prize winner of the 2004-2005 Artists International Debut Recital Award and received critical acclaim for her Carnegie Hall recital debut. The New York Amsterdam News applauded “her remarkable technical command of her instrument as well as highly refined musicianship." She has performed as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute player with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic.
A winner of the New York Flute Club Competition, Tia was also awarded first-runner up in the Frank Bowen Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the renowned Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. She has been a featured guest on Boston’s cable television show “It’s all about the Arts” as well as Houston’s KUHF 88.7 radio station where her collaboration as a member of Aperio Music of the Americas has been broadcast. Ms. Roper has given concert performances in Russia, Switzerland, the Barbados, Japan, Venezuela, and throughout the United States.
Tia Roper was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, her Masters Degree in Music Performance from Boston University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University.
As an active music educator, Ms. Roper is on the faculty of the Bloomingdale School of Music and the Usdan Center for the Creative & Performing Arts.
Oboist and English Hornist Megan Marolf is an active orchestral, chamber, and solo musician throughout the New York City area and beyond. She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra, DiCapo Opera Theater, and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, among many others. She has been a featured soloist with Camarata New York, Ensemble du Monde, and Montclair Chamber Ensemble, and has performed at many of New York City's top concert halls, including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall.
A dedicated chamber musician, Megan performs with TetraWind woodwind quartet, the Harlem Chamber Players, and Double Entendre double reed ensemble. She has a particular interest in contemporary music, and has performed with new music groups such as Alarm Will Sound and Tactus, and at the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Tribeca Film Festival. Megan can also be heard playing with singer-songwriter Jann Klose, and has recorded for Roger Waters (former bassist/ singer of Pink Floyd), Philip Glass, the ballets of Patrick Soluri, and Electronic Arts (EA) video games.
Throughout 2007-2009 Megan toured with the Philip Glass Ensemble performing "Book of Longing," a collection of pieces for four vocalists and eight instrumentalists based on the poetry and drawings of Leonard Cohen. The recording of the piece appeared on the New York Times' list of best classical recordings of 2007. The tour took her to Wales, England, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan.
Megan earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Mark Weiger. She then attended the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned a Master of Music studying with Stephen Taylor.