WHO WE ARE
District5 is a daring, Washington DC-based wind quintet that specializes in new music and new transcriptions. They are recipients of a 2016 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Evis Sammoutis and have recently performed at "The REACH" at the Kennedy Center, Dumbarton Oaks, U.S. Department of State, Library of Congress, Barns at Wolf Trap, DC Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Anderson House. In 2014, they gave the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's ROTARY Woodwind Quintet.
District5 enjoys sharing its passion for chamber music with young musicians; they have designed educational programs for the DC Youth Orchestra Program, the American Youth Philharmonic, and the UMBC Wind Ensemble. At the University of Maryland, District5 served as the Ensemble-in-Residence for both the 2016 and 2017 High School Music Academy and was UMD's Graduate Fellowship Wind Quintet from 2013-15.
District5 recently released their debut album, the complete Chopin preludes, transcribed by David Plylar. This exciting new album is available on iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, CD Baby, and Amazon.
Their 7th season (2019-20) includes a performance at The Kennedy Center's "The REACH Festival", new transcriptions, performances at local concert series, and an exciting collaboration with composers and musicians from South Africa called "Musical Postcards."
LAURA KAUFMAN MOWRY
Laura Kaufman Mowry is a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician who has been hailed by the Washington Post for “absolutely gorgeous flute-playing.”
Laura has performed with a variety of renowned ensembles, including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Smithsonian Chamber Players, DC Public Opera, Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. Laura performs in District5, a DC-based wind quintet dedicated to innovative ways of presenting classical music.
Laura is dedicated to fostering the talents of young musicians. She maintains a private flute studio, and has coached wind players at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, American Youth Philharmonic, and the University of Maryland High School Academy.
Laura has received national recognition from prize-winning performances at the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Wind Competition, New York Flute Club Competition, Flute Society of Washington Young Artist Competition, Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, among others. Her experiences have inspired her to assist other musicians with competition preparation and overcoming performance anxiety.
Laura holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, The Colburn School, and the University of Maryland.
Alison Lowell is a passionate arts advocate. During her tenure as Principal Oboist of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, she premiered new works at the National Arts Festival, Classic FM Johannesburg, the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival and was a featured concerto soloist. In 2009, Alison was the recipient of the prestigious “Investing in Artists” grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation for an extended-range oboe. She founded the “Loboe Project” as a series of commissions and performances of works written specifically for her; she presented the "Loboe" through concerts at the 2013 (Redlands, California) and 2015 (Tokyo, Japan) International Double Reed Society Conferences. Alison has performed at many festivals such as the Lucerne Music Festival (Switzerland), Ensemble Modern Festival Orchestra (Austria), Spoleto Festival USA and the Sarasota Music Festival, among many others. As Director and Oboist of the new music ensemble Out of Context, she organized four national tours and received a grant from the “Meet the Composer Foundation.”
An active chamber musician, Alison is a member of District5, the Interface New Music Collective and the LeDroit Chamber Players. She has performed with the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble, the 21st Century Consort, the Washington Metropolitan Opera, the Monday Evening Concert Series and the Baltimore Composers Forum. As a baroque oboist, she has worked with ensembles such as the Washington Bach Consort, Magnolia Baroque, Publick Musick and the San Diego Bach Collegium. Alison holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and her Doctorate from the University of Maryland.
Zack Gauvain began his clarinet studies at the age of 10. Originally from Keller, Texas, he holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and two master’s degrees from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Rice University, all in clarinet performance. He has performed with the Austin and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
In 2014 Zack moved to DC as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and has performed on numerous occasions with the band at The White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Strathmore concert hall, among others. He is a skier and a runner at heart, and always enjoys running around the monuments and escaping to Colorado whenever he can. Zack’s primary teachers include Richard MacDowell, Ixi Chen, Ben Freimuth and Richie Hawley.
Bassoonist Sean Gordon is an active freelancer in Washington, DC. He has performed with such orchestras as the National, Baltimore, and Charleston Symphonies and many more. During the summers Sean performs as a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Chautauqua, NY. He has previously participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and National Repertory Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Sean has performed with such groups as Windsync and the local wind quintet/hip hop collaboration, Classically Dope.
He also enjoys teaching a small studio of talented young bassoonists out of his home in Chevy Chase, MD. Sean holds a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory and an MM from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Josh Thompson is a horn player hailing from Spring, Texas. An avid chamber musician, he is a member of the local wind quintet District5.
He has held fellowships at various summer programs including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Norfolk (CT) Chamber Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He also attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, performing in Carnegie Hall.
A graduate of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and the Yale School of Music, Thompson studied with Gail Williams, Jonathan Boen, and William Purvis.