5th Inversion wins national recognition for new commissions, performances

July 25, 2017

WWU’s faculty wind quintet, Fifth Inversion, will be featured at the 2017 National Flute Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August, performing 5 new, 5 minute compositions by 5 WWU faculty composers.

Fifth Inversion is comprised of WWU faculty including flute instructor Lisa McCarthy, oboe instructor Jennifer Weeks, clarinet instructor Erika Block, bassoon instructor Pat Nelson, and horn instructor Gustavo Camacho. The National Flute Association selected their proposal “5x5x5” out of nearly 500 entries.

Their performance at the convention will premiere five new compositions by WWU faculty members Roger Briggs, Bruce Hamilton, Lesley Sommer, Adam Haws, and Todd Smith. Each composer was given the guideline of writing a 5-minute work for wind quintet using the number 5 as their theme.

Each composition reveals a unique interpretation of the number 5, and includes explorations into new sounds for this traditional ensemble. Fifth Inversion’s NFA debut on August 11, 2017 will feature the premiere of Roger Briggs’ “Serpents”, Bruce Hamilton’s “Comminglings”, Lesley Sommer's “Grabber”, Adam Haws’ “You Look Different”, and Todd Smith’s “Five as One”. The quintet plans to perform these works locally in a recital at the WWU PAC on Jan. 28, 2018 at 3 p.m.