Salon 2015-05-31 — Dominion Symphony Woodwind Quintet

All Performances are at 1006 Ruritan Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

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Dominion Symphony Woodwind Quintet

The Dominion Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble dedicated to bringing the finest in classical music to the Northern Virginia area. It was founded in 2000 by Music Director Christopher Hite and Angela Uperti-Hite. Performers and soloists are among the finest professional musicians in the local area, performing in ensembles of every size, from intimate chamber concerts to full symphony orchestra.

Angie U-H compressed

Angela Uperti-Hite, flutist, is a versatile orchestral and chamber musician who performs extensively throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. She has performed as an extra musician on both flute and piccolo with The National Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and performs with The Washington Concert Opera Orchestra, Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra. Angela is principal flutist of The Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra as well as The Dominion Symphony, an orchestra she co-founded in 2000 with her husband, conductor and clarinetist Christopher Hite. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from Catholic University in Washington, DC and has studied with Toshiko Kohno, Bernard Goldberg and Kazuo Tokito.

amadeus%2003-LWes Nichols, oboe, holds a Bachelor and Master degree in oboe from The Manhattan School of Music in New York where he studied with Henry Schuman, Elaine Douvas and Joseph Robinson. He is a former member of the Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts), The Group for Contemporary Music and the New Music Consort (NYC). After moving to the Virginia/DC area in 1993, he began to freelance extensively and became principal oboist of the Arlington Symphony (now the Arlington Philharmonic) in 1995, the Amadeus Orchestra in 1996, Virginia Chamber Orchestra as well as the McLean Orchestra.

Chris Hite Clarinetist

Christopher Hite, clarinet, was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in a musical family. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Capital University, where he studied with his father, well-known clarinetist David L. Hite. He received a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America in 1984. As a member of the US Air Force Band from 1974 to 1998, he was a featured soloist on over fifty performances worldwide. He continues to be an active free-lance musician in the Washington area, including performing with the National Gallery Orchestra and the National Gallery Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Hite is also an active conductor, serving as Music Director of both The Dominion Symphony Orchestra, and The Manassas Ballet Theatre.


Vanessa Ferrari, bassoon, grew up in Ohio and graduated from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She then moved to Boston, where she earned her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory. She arrived in the Washington, DC, area in the summer of 1995 and has since earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Maryland, College Park. She is an active free-lancer in the area, having performed with such groups as the Harrisburg Symphony (PA), the Virginia Symphony, the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, among others. She currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband and two children.

Shawn Hagen, french horn, teaches at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is a member of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” and frequent performer with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Washington Symphonic Brass. Prior to joining “Pershing’s Own”, he spent eight years touring the country with The U.S Army Field Band and Embassy Brass Quintet. Mr. Hagen is the Maryland state representative of the International Horn Society and frequently appears as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator.