KHAOS Wind Quintet is a diverse group of all female performers that focuses on connecting with and inspiring audience members through new music, captivating transcriptions, and outreach performances. Founded at the University of Miami, KHAOS was mentored by prolific composer Valerie Coleman, who is a founding IMANI Winds member and a continuously rising composer with a nationwide reputation. KHAOS derives its diversity in the power of having members from all over the world. Flutist Vanessa Fourla is from Greece, oboist Jessica Myers and horn player Caiti Beth McKinney are from the United States, clarinetist Claire Grellier is from France, and bassoonist Melanie Ferrabone from Panama.
KHAOS has inspired audience members at the Lennar Medical Center, Romero Britto Fine Art Gallery, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens with contemporary music repertoire, entertainment pieces, and classical repertoire alike. KHAOS has had the privilege of performing in the Puerto Rico Flute Symposium and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference where premiere performances were given of works written for KHAOS by emerging composers Patrick Thompson and Zach Gulaboff Davis.
KHAOS Wind Quintet is passionate about interacting with our home community of Miami. KHAOS worked with the Ress Family project to bring hospital performances to the University of Miami Campus’ Lennar Medical Center, and members of the quintet serve their community through community performances at local hospitals and nursing homes such as the Kendall Regional Medical Center, Glades West Nursing, and Miami Cancer Institute. Other capacities KHAOS members have enacted their commitment include their service in the University of Miami’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program that is committed to “healthy growth of children and youth through the study and practice of music.”
KHAOS Wind Quintet’s mission is to bring together the strong musicianship, engendered value for education, and minds of five female musicians to serve our local community and bring quintet performances to the world.