Marissa LaBant, Flute
Flutist, Marissa LaBant is a central Pennsylvania native, and holds degrees in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and New York University. Marissa has had the opportunity to share her music locally and internationally as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician in several diverse venues; from performing as a flute soloist in the Gracias Convoca Arts Festival in Gracias, Lempira, Honduras; to performing with the Avanti Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; to playing chamber music in local arts spaces in the Harrisburg and surrounding areas. She is featured on the recently released album ‘Fairy Tale’; a collection of works by composer Mark Lackey. The centerpiece of the album features the contemporary chamber work entitled ‘Fairy Tale’, which incorporates extended techniques for the flute, and was written for Marissa. She currently serves as the Director of Education and Events for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, freelances throughout the area, and has played with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, The Lancaster Symphony, and with the Lititz Moravian Collegium Musicum Orchestra. Above all, Marissa is grateful to be able to share in the joy and source of connection that music is.
Lauren Fairfull, Oboe
A native of Lancaster County, oboist Lauren Fairfull holds dual bachelor’s degrees in music performance and education from West Chester University and a Master’s degree in music performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University for which she was awarded a full scholarship. During her time at these institutions Ms. Fairfull performed in many ensembles as principle oboist and featured soloist. She has embarked on several orchestral and chamber tours throughout Europe and the States, which included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She is currently the principle oboist of the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster, second oboist and English Horn of the Liberty Wind Symphony in Philadelphia while continuing to perform with local groups; Lancaster and Hershey Symphonies, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet with the Harrisburg Symphony. Ms. Fairfull currently resides in Lancaster with her husband and is actively establishing a freelance career.
Christy Banks, Clarinet
Christy Banks, Associate Professor of Clarinet and Assistant Chair of the Music Department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, has appeared as a soloist/recitalist throughout the US as well as in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Iceland, Italy, and New Zealand. Passionate about new music, Banks is a member of NakedEye Ensemble and Spatial Forces Duo. Additional affiliations include Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, King Street Big Band, and Manor Woodwind Quintet. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the Florida State University.
Anne Nye, Horn
French hornist and teacher Anne Nye is an orchestral and chamber musician based in Lancaster, PA. Currently holding positions with the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Pennsylvania Philharmonic, she also regularly performs with the York, Lancaster, Reading, and Kennett Symphony Orchestras. She shares a passion for chamber music with the other members of Manor Winds and in addition to co-founding the quintet, she recently formed Trilogy Brass and plays with the Lancaster Brass Quintet. She serves as the orchestra manager and professor of horn at Lancaster Bible College as well as teaching lessons in her home studio. Anne enjoys networking and bringing people together, both musically and socially, and often contracts musicians for local choral and church groups. She earned a Bachelor of Music in performance from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music in Illinois. Although music keeps her quite busy, she also has an antique business at Tollbooth Antiques in Columbia, PA and enjoys sewing, knitting, and re-purposing objects in the historic farmhouse where she resides with her husband Rob.
Robin Plant, Bassoon
Robin Plant currently serves as principal bassoonist with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestras. She has been featured as a soloist with the Lancaster Symphony, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Endless Mountain Music Festival. She also frequently performs with other ensembles including Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and Allegro Chamber Orchestra. Robin received her formal training on bassoon while pursuing her Bachelor of Music in performance at Indiana University, where her principal teacher was Kim Walker. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Robin maintains a reed-making business and private teaching studio.
A Lancaster-based ensemble, Manor Winds is comprised of five musicians who come together to rehearse in a historic farmhouse on Manor Street in Lancaster, PA. Since their formation in the Spring of 2016 they have given over 50 performances throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania region. At home in traditional and non-traditional settings, Manor Winds strives for professional performances of both standard and modern wind quintet repertoire. Built upon friendships developed in the freelancing community, Marissa, Lauren, Christy, Anne, and Robin believe that quality chamber music should be readily available to the region's diverse population. Manor Winds wishes to share their love of music and collaboration with their surrounding community and can be seen performing throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Discover more about them below.
the 2019/2020 season
Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community
Monday, June 10, 2019, 7:30 PM
Willow Valley Communities
Friday & Saturday, August 9-10, 2019, 7:00 PM
Opera Susquehanna Summer Fest!
York County School of Technology
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:00 PM
Pleasant View Retirement Home
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Monday, October 7, 2019, 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 PM
Tel Hai Communities
Honey Brook, PA
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:00 PM
Harrisburg Hilton - Private Event
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:30 PM
Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
Market Square Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7:00 PM
Cross Keys Village
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2:30 PM
Country Meadows of Leader Heights
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 7:30 PM
Willow Valley Spring Run
Willow Street, PA
Sunday, June 28, 2020, 3:00 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 6:30 PM
Margate City Library
Margate City, NJ