Focal Winds

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Focal Winds is a woodwind trio (Flute, Oboe and Clarinet) based in the Southern New England area. They play a variety of music ranging from baroque through contemporary. They provide music for wedding, reception events, religious services, well as doing periodic recitals at various locations.
Alison Halaburda
Alison is a 2005 Mt. Hope High School Graduate and has been playing flute since the age of 10; where she was a student of Deborah James for over 7 years. During her middle and high school years, she performed in numerous honors bands throughout New England, and was selected to play Piccolo in the 2005 John Philip Souza National Honors Band in New Orleans, LA under the direction of Colonel John R.Bourgeois. It was Alison’s love of music that led her to pursue a degree in Music Education.
In 2010, Alison graduated with honors from The Hartt School of Music where she received her BM in Music Education. During her time at Hartt, Alison had the opportunity to learn from and perform under some of the country’s top performers and conductors, as well as the opportunity to study flute under the direction of Greig Shearer and John Wion. In addition to being a freelance musician, Alison is a member of the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble where she has been the guest conductor for the past 5 years, and assistant directed the youth ensemble for two years. She has also performed in The Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has been a member of The Our Lady of Light Band in Fall River, MA since 2004.
Alexander Wilkinson
Alexander has been playing the oboe since 1994. In his time as an oboist he has played in many orchestras, wind ensembles and pit orchestras in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Currently he sits as Resident Oboist at Emmanuel Church, Principal Oboe and English Horn for the Newport Community Band at Salve Regina University, Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn for the Newport Community Orchestra at Salve Regina University as well as Oboe and English Horn for the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble. When he is not playing Oboe and English Horn he is the director of the Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir. Alexander is also studying to be a clinical lab scientist at CCRI and is a member of the professional organizations ASCLS and ASCP.
Rosemary Sears
(Cl/Bass Cl)
Rosemary began studying the clarinet in the fifth grade at the Coggeshall School with Mr. Loren Palmer, and played in the Rogers High School Band for four years under the baton of the late Theodore Durgin. She credits these two outstanding educators, along with her private instructor Mr. Frank Marinaccio, with giving her the skills and the encouragement to pursue a career as a music teacher.
Rosemary has taught band instruments to elementary and middle school students in the Somerville, MA Public Schools since September 2002. She also assists with the Somerville High School Band. In addition to teaching full-time, Rosemary performs regularly with the Chelmsford (MA) Community Band and freelances as a woodwind doubler in pit orchestras for school and community theaters. Rosemary holds degrees from Ithaca College (B. Music, Music Education) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (M. Music, Clarinet Performance and M. Ed., Educational Administration).

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