Cypress Winds






2:00 PM

7:30 PM


6:55  PM - 7:15 PM

The Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet is pleased to announce the winning composition in our first annual clarinet quartet Composition Competition.  One winning composition and one honorable mention composition were selected from twenty-five entries.


We have selected Joel Hobbs’ “Tales from the Forest” for Eb, Bb, Alto, and Bass Clarinet.


Receiving honorable mention was “Dawn Chorus” by Lynn Blake John for three Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet.


Judging was difficult due to the many excellent compositions submitted.  We were so encouraged by the quality of the compositions that we wish to continue to solicit original compositions for our ensemble.  Look for future announcements for our next contest.






Sheila Patterson - Music Director

A native of Chicago, Illinois received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Following graduation, she spent four years as the clarinet soloist with the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command Band. Upon separation from the USAF she moved to Houston to attend graduate school at Rice University where she received her Master of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance. She currently teaches applied clarinet and chamber music at Lone Star College Cy-Fair. Past positions include Assistant Director of Bands, Texas Southern University, Instructor of Clarinet, Prairie View A&M University and Music Teacher, Houston I.S.D. Ms. Patterson enjoys performing with the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO), the Houston Symphonic Band and the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet.

Mae Gremillion, a native Texan, received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Houston where she studied under David Peck, principal clarinetist of the Houston Symphony.  While in school, Mae served as principal clarinetist with the Houston Youth Symphony, played Bb & Eb Clarinet in the UH Wind Ensemble and performed in several local area musicals.  After graduation, Mae began a career in International Banking and eventually put her instruments aside due to the demands of working full time and raising a family.  In 2008 she decided to finally dust off the instrument and experience the exhilaration of performance once again.  She studied with retired symphony clarinetist Richard Nunemaker for 5 years to rebuild her music skills while performing with the Lone Star Symphonic Band, the Houston Symphonic Band, the Cypress Symphonic Band, and the Cypress winds Clarinet Quartet.

Kathie McStravick performs with the Houston Symphonic Band, Houston Symphonic Band Clarinet ensemble, and Cypress Winds Quartet. She has played with the Houston Concert Band, Houston Sinfonietta and Houston Civic Symphony. Originally from Michigan, Mrs. McStravick played in the Heidelberg Symphonic Band while earning her B.A. in German.  She performed in the University of Heidelberg’s Orchestra during her junior year abroad. She has an M.A. in German literature from Rice University and has taught languages in college and middle school.

Nancy Angerstein earned a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from studies first at Indiana University and then at the University of Houston. Subsequently she earned a Master of Music degree in Clarinet and Saxophone Performance from the University of Houston. Mrs. Angerstein studied clarinet and saxophone with Earl Bates of the St. Louis Symphony, Jeffrey Lerner of the University of Houston, and Richard Nunemaker of the Houston Symphony. She currently performs with the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphonic Band, and the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet. She has performed in three tours of China and seven European tours. In 2012, Mrs. Angerstein toured Texas universities in Richard Nunemaker's Houston Clarinet Ensemble. Her additional background includes performances with the Houston Pops, Symphony North, the Houston Civic Symphony, and freelance work in the Houston area.


Cypress Winds Quartet wants to thank our sponsors for providing continual support for our program.


The Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet is dedicated to enriching the musical landscape of the Cypress, Texas and surrounding communities. Exploration of diverse musical styles, programming of contemporary and standard works and collaborative interactive programs aid in this mission.


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Call for Scores for the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet

The Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet is pleased to announce its first annual clarinet quartet Composition Competition. The winning compositions will be performed by the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet at a special concert during the 2018-19 season. Winning composer will receive public recognition and an MP3 and/or video file of the composition.



 Works must be written for the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet using the following instrumentation:

          o 3 Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1Bb Bass Clarinet or

          o 2 Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1Eb Alto Clarinet, 1 Bb Bass Clarinet or

          o 1 Eb Soprano Clarinet, 2Bb Soprano Clarinets, 1 Bb Bass Clarinet or

          o 1 Eb Soprano Clarinet, 1Bb Soprano Clarinet,1 Eb Alto Clarinet, 1Bb Bass Clarinet

 Compositions must be engraved with the dedication “Composed for the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet“

 Compositions written prior to April 1, 2018 are not eligible

 A candidate may submit more than one work, but each work must be submitted separately

 Max length of ten minutes

 Please submit score and parts in PDF file format (please include a midi file if available)

 Classical as well as non-classical styles are eligible

 No electronic devices

 Submit score and parts here:

 Competition Launch: April 1, 2018

Deadline: November 1, 2018

 Announcement of winners: December 1, 2018

 Entry fee: $10.00