About The Group

A flexible grouping of 3 to 5 woodwinds plus piano enables the Southwest Chamber Winds to offer audiences an exceptionally wide range of music that can be tailored to a variety of venues or types of program. The finest in repertoire, including a number of seldom heard masterworks.

Page Bartz

Page has toured in the U.S. and Orient as principal bassoonist with the Mantovani Orchestra. For five summers she also toured in Austria and Hungary with the Festival Orchestra of the 18th Century. Ms. Bartz has been very active as a chamber musician in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area and since moving to New Mexico.

Carl Fels

Carl toured extensively in the U.S. and Orient as principal oboist with the Mantovani Orchestra. For a number of years he also played with the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. As a chamber musician, he has perfomed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as the U.S.

Leah Houpt

Leah has an extremely extensive background as a chamber musician, ranging from accompanying college choirs and instrumental masterclasses to working with soloists and performing with the El Paso Symphony. She also plays harpsichord and organ in Baroque - themed concerts with the Southwest Chamber Winds.

David Ross

David has been a featured performer at music festivals and conferences in Europe (England, Germany, and Switzerland) and in the U.S. He is also in much demand nationally and internationally as a clinician and lecturer. David is principal clarinet of the El Paso Symphony and has appeared often in local chamber music concerts.

Celeste Shearer

Celeste received a fellowship to study with the Empire Brass Quintet at the Tanglewood Institute. She has performed with the Amarillo Symphony, the Lubbock Symphony, and the El Paso Symphony. Currently she plays french horn with the Roswell Symphony and is frequently in demand as a chamber musician.

Mary-Elizabeth Thompson

Mary performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, with recent performances in Mexico and the U.S. She has premiered chamber music works of composers Jorge Sosa and Gabriela Ortiz. She also performs with the El Paso Symphony and the El Paso Opera.

Concert Excerpts


04 Dec 2016

El Paso, TX

Baroque Concert

29 Jan 2017

Las Cruces, NM

Bassoon Quartet

12 Feb 2017

El Paso, TX

Bassoon Quartet

26 Feb 2017

Deming, NM

Bassoon Quartet

-- March 2017

Univ. of Juarez, MX

Bassoon Quartet

23 April 2017

El Paso, TX

Double Reed Quintet

-- May 2017

El Paso, TX

Bassoon Quartet

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Contact Us

Address : Southwest Chamber Winds
P.O. Box 188
Las Cruces, NM 88004


Phone : 575-382-5660

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