The Midic Winds formed in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music. In May of 2013 they were awarded the bronze medal in the senior wind division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. That same year they were also finalists in the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition in Stamford, Connecticut. In October 2014 they were featured performers on the Matinee Musicale chamber music series in Duluth, Minnesota. The Midic Winds performed as concerto soloists with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, led by Mark Davis Scatterday, in October 2015. As advocates of music outreach, the Midic Winds have performed concerts and master classes in Rochester, NY; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; and Chicago, IL area public schools and community centers. As part of their commitment to new music, the ensemble worked with composer John Harbison on his “Quintet for Winds.” The Midic Winds were the 2012-2013 Resident Wind Quintet with SoundExchange, a professional ensemble that strives to bring classical music to non-traditional venues throughout the Rochester, NY area. As part of this residency, the Midic Winds collaborated with contemporary dance ensemble "BioDance." In order to expand their repertoire beyond standard wind quintet works, the group performs orchestral pieces arranged for wind quintet by their horn player Russell Rybicki and commissions of new works by Eastman composers. At Eastman the group was twice selected to perform on the Honors Chamber Music Concert Series.
"They radiated...passion with energized bodies, smiling eyes, and a lot of moving air and fingers" - Samuel C. Black (see full review here)