New principal clarinetist to join the Great Falls Symphony in January 2019

The Chinook Winds and Great Falls Symphony welcome Cameron Winrow

GREAT FALLS, Montana—The Great Falls Symphony Association is thrilled to introduce its new principal clarinetist and member of the Chinook Winds, Cameron Winrow. Cameron will join the organization and the Great Falls community in January of 2019.

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Chris Mothersole has held the position of principal clarinet since the 2015-2016 season. Chris’ last performances in Great Falls will be at the Symphony’s Canzoni d’Amore concert on November 3rd at the Mansfield Theater and with the Chinook Winds at the New Frontiers Chamber Music Series concert on November 11th (at the First Congregational Church UCC) and November 13th (at the University of Providence). Following the New Frontiers concerts Chris will be moving to join his wife, Julia Moss, in Carrollton, Georgia, where she has accepted a videographer position at the University of Georgia.


Auditions for the principal clarinet position were held in mid-September this year. Highly qualified candidates from throughout the country travelled to Great Falls to perform for an audition committee consisting of members of the Chinook Winds, the Cascade Quartet, and the Great Falls Symphony Music Director, Grant Harville. After three audition rounds, the position was ultimately offered to and accepted by Cameron Winrow, a native of San Diego, California.


Cameron began his music studies when he picked up his mother’s old marching band clarinet in the fifth grade. While always identifying as a musician, his varied interests and talents led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a minor in music from the University of California, Berkeley. Putting his engineering background to use, Cameron worked for an oil refinery for two years before returning to school at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University, Bloomington) where he studied with Eli Eban. He completed a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance in the spring of 2018. Cameron has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Festival Napa Valley Orchestra, and New World Symphony, as well as toured Central Europe with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.


Cameron’s first performance with the Chinook Winds will be on the Airs of Eastern Europe Chamber Music Series concert on January 13th (at the University of Providence) and January 15th (at the Masonic Lodge). His first performance as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony will be on the Passionate Passages program on January 19th at the Mansfield Theater. He looks forward to becoming a part of the Great Falls community. An enthusiastic sports fan, Cameron says, “With the Charger’s move to LA, and my allegiance therefore up for grabs, I will need assistance from expert Montanans in figuring out whether to root for the Broncos or Vikings!”


Information and tickets for upcoming Chamber Music Series and Great Falls Symphony performances may be found at


Chinook Winds

As the resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, members of the Chinook Winds Quintet serve as principal players in the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as present chamber music and interactive school programs and residencies throughout Montana and the Northwest. The Chinook Winds have been performing throughout the region since 1992. Their performances have been praised for their excellent choice of literature, technical proficiency, and impressive artistry. In 2015 the Chinook Winds Quintet was featured on the Montana PBS show 11th & Grant With Erick Funk.


Great Falls Symphony

The Mission of the Great Falls Symphony is to infuse cultural vibrancy into the Great Falls community through transformative music events and education programs. The organization strives to be an essential cultural asset in North Central Montana that raises the quality of life for its citizens through outstanding performing arts programs.


The Great Falls Symphony includes a 75 member semi-professional Orchestra, a one hundred member Symphonic Choir and two professional resident ensembles (the Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds) made up of nine "Core" orchestral musicians, and a Youth Orchestra program (established in 1996) which supports two student orchestras and over 100 talented young musicians grades six through twelve from Great Falls and surrounding areas. These components offer a rich and diverse mix of activities that include orchestra, choral, chamber and educational concerts which reach up to 40,000 people annually. The Great Falls Symphony presents a six-concert series every year, and plays host to a variety of guest artists and resident composers. The Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds present fourteen concerts on the Symphony’s Chamber Music Series in Great Falls in addition to traveling an average of 4,500 miles each year performing concerts and educational programs throughout the northwest United States. To fulfill a state and regional mission, the Great Falls Symphony places the highest priority upon programs that provide state-wide education and outreach. Two Youth Matinees are presented each season by the orchestra and have served well over 115,000 students from the public, private and home schools in a one hundred mile region of Central Montana.

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