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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Fountain Five Woodwind Quintet

Fountain Five Woodwind Quintet is an award-winning ensemble based in Tallahassee, Florida, and has been actively performing around the Florida panhandle since 2021. In addition to recitals and outreach performances, the group’s members regularly perform with local orchestras and maintain active private teaching studios. Its members are Brenna Wiinanen (flute), Nicholas Kanipe (oboe), Connor Croasmun (clarinet), Josie Whiteis (bassoon), and Tarre Nelson (horn). By blending traditional and contemporary repertoire in their programs, the Fountain Five brings an exciting and engaging musical environment and connects with their audiences at every venue.  They are currently the Quintet in Residence for Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the 2023-24 season, and were awarded first place in the ensemble division of the Music International Grand Prix Competition in April of 2023, performing in the Merkin Hall at the Kauffman Center in New York. They’ll be appearing in the Peter and the Wolf production Saturday at this year’s Word of South.