From left to right: Susan McGinn, J. Scott Janusch, Jonathan Parrish, Marsha Schweitzer, James F. Moffitt
Recognized as one of the country’s leading woodwind quintets, the Spring Wind Quintet has been a major force in the development of chamber music in Hawaii. Founded in 1974, the SWQ has been bringing chamber music to concert halls, schools, libraries, parks, community centers, and to radio and television audiences throughout Hawaii for more than 40 years.
Susan McGinn, Flute
Susan, Principal Flutist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) since 1990, is a native of Detroit, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, her Masters from the University of Illinois, and did post-graduate work at Indiana University. Her principal teachers were James Pellerite, Richard Graef, and Peter Lloyd. Sue has participated in many festivals around the world including the Britt Festival, Maui Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and Sarasota Music Festival and has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra.
J. Scott Janusch, Oboe
Scott is Principal Oboe of the HSO and was a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, respectively. His teachers include John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Henry Schuman and Marc Lifschey. Scott has performed as Principal Oboe with the San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony, and in musical ensembles in Jamaica and Mexico. Scott has been the oboist in the Spring Wind Quintet since 1996 and serves as the Education/Outreach Coordinator for Chamber Music Hawaii’s in-school and community concerts and workshops.
James Moffitt, Clarinet
Jim is Associate Principal Clarinet and Bass Clarinet with the HSO, and spent two years as Acting Assistant Principal Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony. He is a former member of the Alabama Symphony and has performed, toured and recorded with the Chicago Symphony. His recording of basset horn trios with the Chicago Mozart Ensemble was nominated for a Grammy Award. He has also played with the Colorado Symphony, as well as the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony.
Marsha Schweitzer, Bassoon
Marsha is the former associate principal bassoonist of the HSO, and she also served as principal bassoonist of the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, Maui Symphony, and the Honolulu City Ballet Orchestra. Marsha graduated from Oberlin College and studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow, Kenneth Moore, Artemus Edwards, Steven Maxym, and chamber music with Marcel Moyse. Marsha is a music publisher and a prolific arranger, having expanded the SWQ’s repertoire through her many arrangements and transcriptions for woodwinds, many of which are published and recorded. Marsha co-founded and served as the initial executive director of Chamber Music Hawaii.
Jonathan Parrish, Horn
When the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra launched in March 2012, Jonathan Parrish played the first note of the first concert. He was named the orchestra’s first Executive Director in 2013. He was formerly the General
Manager of Chamber Music Hawai’i. Jonathan moved to Hawai‘i in 1998 to be Assistant Principal/Utility Horn with the Honolulu Symphony. He was previously Assistant Principal Horn for four seasons at the Kennedy Center
Opera House in Washington, DC and was Principal Horn in the Harrisburg Symphony and National Chamber Orchestra for five years. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and James Madison University and has performed with the Baltimore, National, New Haven, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Richmond symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM in Mexico City.