|Lecolion Washington, Jr. joined the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music faculty at the University of Memphis in the fall of 2004. He is the bassoonist of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and he serves as the co-coordinator of the University of Memphis annual double reed festival. Prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty, he was the bassoon professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Washington enjoys the versatility that he has as a performer. Based on auditions Washington has been offered positions with the Houston Grand Opera, the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, and the Victoria (TX) Symphony Orchestra where he spent 3 seasons as assistant principal bassoon including one season as acting principal. Washington also served three seasons as co-principal bassoon of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Chamber Orchestra, and he has served as guest principal bassoon with the Arkansas Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic.
Washington has performed chamber music with principal players from such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the New York Chamber Ensemble and the North Country Chamber Players, and in 2004 the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music invited him to perform on a chamber music concert of distinguished alumni. Washington serves on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa where he performs, coaches chamber music, and teaches masterclasses along with distinguished faculty from all over the world.
As a soloist Washington has performed concerti with the Round Top Festival Orchestra, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Professor Washington has given recitals and master classes at schools around the country including the Eastman School of Music, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. He gave a lecture-recital on music for bassoon by African-American composers at the 2007 National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music Conference, and he has performed at International Double Reed Conferences in 2005 and 2007. Washington attended the Texas Music Festival, the Cape May Music Festival, and the International Festival Institute at Round Top. He is married to Swedish clarinetist, Carina Nyberg Washington. In 2008 he released a CD of music for the bassoon by African-American composers on the Albany Records label which was recorded using a Fox 660.
|Swedish clarinetist, Carina Nyberg Washington, received her Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and her MM in Performance from the University of Memphis. Her principal teachers have included Michael Schlyter, Bendt Neuchs Sorensen, Jorgen Jensen, Lee Morgan, Daniel Gilbert, and James Gholson.
While in Scandinavia, Washington was a freelance musician performing with such groups as the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Cantata Orchestra, and the Norwegian State Army Band. Before moving to the United States in 2003, Washington served as co-principal clarinet with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta. With them, Washington performed on several recordings and performed at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
After moving to America, Washington served two seasons as co-principal clarinetist of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra and currently performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Eroica Ensemble. She has performed under the baton of such conductors as Curt Sanderling, Christopher Hogwood, and Richard Spano.
As a chamber musician, Washington has participated in chamber music concerts throughout Europe and North America including venues in Paris, Stockholm, and Oslo. She has co-founded several chamber groups including the PRIZM Ensemble of Memphis. Washington recently joined the Memphis Woodwind Quintet.
Washington has attended the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas, Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), and traveled throughout Germany and Holland as the principal clarinetist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. As a soloist, Carina Washington has performed with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra and with the Södra Latin Symphony, Stockholm, as well as with the recently formed Wolf River Chamber Orchestra of Memphis. She has performed recitals across the United States and has given master classes at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Tech. Washington has also been on the faculty at Camp Encore-Coda, Main.
Washington has been awarded such prizes as the Lilla Alfvén Prize, Jacob Gades Stipend, Augustinus Fonden Grant, and the Månssons Legat Grant. She has performed at the 2008 International Clarinet Association (ICA) Annual Clarinet Fest in Kansas City, MO, and serve as faculty and artist at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, Southafrica.
She can be heard on the Albany Records recording of music for bassoon by African-American composers featuring bassoonist Lecolion Washington, and on the Highwater Classics recording of German Lieder featuring soprano Susan Owen-Leinert.