Woodwinds

Flute

*Clare Birmingham
Emma Pease-Byron
Julie Williams

Oboe

*Gilbert Castaneda
Dani McCracken

Clarinet

Jeannie Galvin

Bassoon

*Dorothy Rumsey
Nathan Hill

Musician Bios

*Clare Birmingham

Professional Musician

Clare Birmingham has been performing and teaching flute in Southern Nevada since 2003. In addition to her position with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, she plays flute and piccolo with Portable Masterpieces, a traveling chamber orchestra, and occasionally subs with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.  She also performs regularly in Duo Bel Vento, a flute duo she co-founded with Emma Pease-Byron. In addition, Clare serves on the Board of the Las Vegas Flute Club and maintains a private flute studio out of her home in northwest Las Vegas, where she welcomes students of all ages and abilities for lessons.  Most of all, she loves spending time with her husband, TJ, and their beautiful daughter, Sophie.

Julie Williams

Professional Musician

Julie Williams is a life-long musician who was fortunate to have supportive parents and school band directors while growing up in Hobbs, New Mexico. She played flute/piccolo all through college and graduate school, and after marrying an Air Force man, played in orchestras in Ohio, Colorado and South Carolina as a result of their mobile lifestyle. Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University and Master’s degree in Economics from Wright State University. She has been a member of the HSO for 17 years and is proud to serve the group as Orchestra Liaison with the Board of Directors. She has also been a long-time member of the Las Vegas Flute Club and enjoys a few freelance gigs every now-and-then. Outside of music, Julie loves to travel, watching her son play ice hockey and daughter sing and act. She has been married for 31 years, and her husband, Stu, makes this good life possible!

*Gilbert Castaneda

Oboe

Gilbert Castaneda is a native of Chula Vista, California, a southern suburb of San Diego. In San Diego he studied oboe with Laurie Lubick and Frank Rosenwein right before Mr. Rosenwein won the Cleveland Principal position. Gilbert has participated in masterclasses with John Mack, Richard Killmer, and Fred Korman. He also studied for a semester with Robert Sheena at Boston University before switching to his other interest, science. He majored in Biology and did undergraduate research in Dr. James Panek’s total synthesis laboratory working on a molecule extracted from sea sponges in Palau. He has also been involved with laboratories at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and at the University of Illinois at Chicago doing both organic synthesis and chemical biology. In his spare time, Gilbert enjoys watching competitive reality shows, knitting/crocheting, online competitive games on the Playstation Network, as well as League of Legends. He hopes in the near future to pass the patent bar exam in order to become a patent agent.

*Dorothy Rumsey

Professional Musician

Dorothy Thomson Rumsey was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. While attending the University of Utah, she played 3rd and contra bassoon in the Utah Symphony from 1960 to 1965 under the baton of Maurice Abravanel. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Elementary Education in 1965. After moving to Las Vegas as a newlywed in 1965, she played in many local orchestras including Antonio Morelli at the Sands, Douglas Peterson and his Musical Arts Choir, various orchestras through UNLV, Virko Baley and the Las Vegas Symphony, among others. She led a Young Audiences woodwind quintet for two years. In 1969 Dorothy played in a 6-month production of Fiddler on the Roof at Caesar’s Palace, and also played in the Caesars Palace orchestra for one of Frank Sinatra’s appearances in 1974. She was principal bassoonist in the Las Vegas Civic Symphony for six years prior to joining the Henderson Symphony Orchestra in 1998.
Dorothy was employed by Clark County School District for eighteen years, teaching kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. She received her MA in Education with an emphasis on library science at UNLV in 2004, and finished her career as an elementary school librarian. Dorothy retired from the school district in August 2009.
Dorothy moved to Henderson in 2013. She has four children, seven step-children, eight grandchildren, and twenty-five step grandchildren. Her daughter Jeannie Galvin recently joined the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.