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Kimberly Myers: Bio

Kimberly Myers continues to highlight the beauty of the oboe andoboe.jpg English horn with the release of her second album of original contemporary classical music—Meadow Woods Suite.

Kimberly Myers' latest album of original compositions, Meadow Woods Suite (January 2012), is sure to appeal to a wide crossover audience of listeners as she takes them on an aural journey through nature with ten melodic, reflective tone poems for oboe, English horn, flute and piano.  Myers, a multi-instrumentalist, creates a rich, intriguing sound with her unique blend of instruments and impressionistic musical writing style.  You can link to a video of the song, Soar (Trio): Melody of the Birds on You Tube. The video features the beautiful bird photography of Joe Turner, Myers’ former oboe teacher and retired principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
 
Myers’ first album, Castle of Dreams (October 2010), is an eclectic blend of original Celtic contemporary classical pieces that includes the oboe, English horn, flute, recorder, piano, guitar, Celtic harp and dulcimer.  View a video on YouTube for Castle of Dreams, the title song from the album which was shot at the Castle at Maryvale in Lutherville.  “People were always asking me, ‘What does the oboe look like?’ and ‘What’s an English horn?’ so I decided to make a video that would show them,” she says.

Kimberly Myers - Composer, Multi-instrumentalist

Kimberly Myers has performed oboe and English horn with several groups including the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, the Greenspring Valley Orchestra at Stevenson University in Stevenson, MD, McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and the Hanover Symphony in Hanover, PA.

She studied music and oboe as an undergraduate at Frostburg State University. She continued her oboe studies after college, her teachers including Leslie Starr, oboe, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Joseph Turner, retired principal oboist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Kim's first music teacher, the late Florence Mason, with whom she studied piano for almost ten years, was instrumental in her development of a strong background in music theory and improvisation, two skills which are helpful for writing music.

In addition to the oboe, English horn and piano, Kim also plays the recorder, flute, dulcimer, guitar, Celtic harp, violin and saxophone. She is a member of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) and the Baltimore Composers Forum. She has taught music for preschool through grade eight and currently teaches private music lessons.

In addition to teaching and performing, she is also a freelance graphic designer. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and a master's degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. 

Kim composes music for film, weddings and other special occasions, from solo instrumentation to small ensemble compositions and full orchestral arrangements.  Contact her here for more information.

Michael Koelbl - Sound Engineer, Guitarist

Kim's husband, Michael Koelbl, is the sound engineer for the recording of Castle of Dreams and Meadow Woods Suite, and played the guitar on Castle of Dreams album.  Michael has a Classical Guitar Performance degree from Towson University. 

"For this album, I think that the recording quality is as important as the music itself," Kim comments.  "Double reed instruments, like the oboe and the English horn, present special challenges in the recording process.  I think Michael did a wonderful job capturing the color and harmonics that can be so elusive when trying to record and maintain the sounds of the instruments as we really hear them."

Tina Koelbl - Meadow Woods Suite, Art

The cover and insert for the Meadow Woods Suite album includes segments of a water color painting by Tina Koelbl.  Tina has been drawing and painting her whole life, and her works include pen and ink, soft pastels, oils and watercolor.  Tina was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and moved to the United States with her parents after WWII to wed her fiancé, who was stationed in the Netherlands at the end of the War.  She raised her family in Maryland and now enjoys a life of retirement.