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WoodWired Duo to perform at SFA

October 14, 2016 - Robbie Goodrich
Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, clarinet, and Hannah Leffler, flute, make up the WoodWired Duo, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present the WoodWired Duo performing in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

WoodWired is a new electroacoustic duo based in Denton. The duo features Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, clarinet, and Hannah Leffler, flute, teaming up to create a unique take on the popular clarinet/flute combination, according to Dr. Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA.

"Using live looping software and electronics, they play original pieces and their own arrangements of contemporary and classical music to create upbeat, fresh music that represents a fusion of classical, jazz and pop genres," Ayer explained. "Each of the musical layers is performed live and looped using foot pedals and software, in addition to exclusively live solos for each instrument."

They will perform their own original works along with music by Astor Piazzolla, Michael Lowenstern, Imogen Heap and Zequinha de Abreu.

Cruz joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016. Previously, she served as adjunct clarinet instructor at SFA and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas. Cruz maintains a private clarinet studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a performer, she has appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony. She is presently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and has been the substitute second clarinetist with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. She is a published author in professional music journals.

Leffler has held flute faculty positions at Luther College, the Northeast Iowa School of Music, the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Sounds of Summer Institute, and numerous high schools and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She currently is a Teaching Fellow and Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in flute performance at the University of North Texas. She has been a featured guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and events across the Midwest and performs frequently with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.