Formed in 2012 while undergraduates at the Eastman School of Music, the Midic Winds were medalists at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and have since gone on to perform on chamber music series and self-presented programs across the country. Highlights include a 2014 Minnesota residency through Matinee Musicale, a 2015 Eastman School of Music residency including a solo performance with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and 2020 socially-distanced outdoor concerts in rural western Kansas with an online streaming recital presented by New World Symphony. The Midic Winds are passionate about performing music by living composers and have commissioned Nick Davies to write a piece dedicated to their Kansas series. The quintet has also premiered a piece by Daniel Brottman and worked with John Harbison on his "Quintet for Winds."  In addition to commissions, the ensemble performs orchestral pieces arranged for wind quintet by their horn player Russell Rybicki in order to expand the repertoire beyond standard works. As advocates of community engagement, the Midic Winds have performed concerts and masterclasses in Rochester, NY; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; and Chicago, IL area public schools and community centers.

"...Stellar young artists...embarking on an adventurous musical journey." - Samuel C. Black (see full review here)


Johanna Gruskin, flute

June Kim, oboe

Rebecca Tobin, clarinet

Russell Rybicki, horn

Quinn Delaney, bassoon