Carole Scott, Flute
Founder of the Grosse Ile Quintet (GIQ), Carole has a love for the chamber music venue and collaborates with other musicians in small ensembles whenever possible. Regularly appearing with local groups: Grosse Ile Chorale, Vanguard Voices, Benzie Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and at Greenfield Village with the Wassail Winds, Carole has also joined the G.I.Q. members in appearances in school assemblies/band clinics, seniors’ communities and the Gifts of Art concerts at The U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Earning her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, Carole taught general music and instrumental music in the Taylor School District for 33 years and notably instituted a string orchestra program there.
She has free-lanced in many musical groups in the SE Michigan area, most notably as principal flutist in the Southern Great Lakes Symphony from 1980 (at that time the Allen Park Symphony) until it’s discontinuation in 2014. In northern Michigan she plays principal flute with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra and the Benzie Community Band.
Carole appears in recital with her keyboardist/accompanist/husband Doug. They enjoy playing frequently for weddings and other church services as well as pit duty in numerous community theater troupes and programs for other community service groups.
Heather Hartwick Gladden, Bassoon
Heather is a free-lance musician in the Metro-Detroit area. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Bassoon Performance from Eastern Michigan University. Heather has been with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra since 1988 and currently holds the Principal Bassoon position. She has also held the principal bassoon positions with the Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra (10 years), and with the EMU Orchestra during her time there. She currently plays in the Livonia Symphony and Grosse Ile woodwind quintets. She enjoys being called to fill in on various parts, even contrabassoon, with groups such as the Dearborn Symphony, Warren Symphony, Marquette Symphony, Southfield Symphony, Seaway Chorale and Orchestra, Brazeal Dennard Choral Orchestra, and Grosse Pointe Symphony, as well as play in pit orchestras on multiple instruments. She has played with The Broadway Theater Guild at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, Tecumseh Civic Auditorium and The Croswell Theater in Adrian. Heather also teaches privately out of her studio in Pittsfield Township, Michigan.
Lisa Dills, Clarinet
A native of Michigan, Lisa Dills attended Eastern Michigan University as a scholarship student in the Honors Program where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Her post-graduate work was in Music Theory and Literature. During her studies at the Music School, she was a winner of the annual EMU Orchestra Concerto Competition, and was also a Soloist with the EMU Wind Ensemble. Her teachers of Clarinet include Armand Abramson, Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Ted Oien.
Lisa has spent most of her career as a teacher and instructor. Most recently, she was a Band Director with the Michigan Home Education Music Association. Prior, she taught Instrumental Music and was the 5thand 6thgrade Band Director in the Novi Community School District. While at Eastern Michigan University she taught the Clarinet Class for Music Educators and the Music Theory Lab Classes for Undergraduates. She also maintains a private clarinet studio.
Lisa has been with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra or 26 years and principal clarinetist since 1998. She is a member of the orchestra’s woodwind quintet which performs for various public school and community engagements and was also featured as a soloist during their 2011/2012 season.
As an active freelance musician, Lisa has performed in numerous pit orchestra and ensembles including being a member of the Clarion Wind Symphony which recorded 20thcentury Wind Ensemble music of renowned composer Anthony Iannaccone. She is also currently a member of the Grosse Ile Woodwind Quintet, which actively performs throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Lisa is married and mother of two beautiful girls.
Nancy Gruits, Oboe
Nancy Gruits’ love of music began at an early age. She taught herself to play the alto saxophone on the family heirloom before she started kindergarten. After attending many symphony concerts, she had a deep connection with the oboe.
Nancy studied the oboe from the age of 11, participating in youth orchestras, school ensembles and spent summers at the National Music Camp at Interlochen. Her advanced education continued with the study of Oboe Performance at the University of Michigan, in the studio of Harry Sargous, and the Ohio State University under the guidance of Robert Sorton.
While in school, Nancy performed in numerous master classes with legends such as Heinz Holliger, John de Lancie, Robert Bloom and John Mack. Her graduate education also enabled her to learn the intricacies of the oboe through repair classes and hands-on experience of the engineering of the oboe.
Nancy performs with the G.I.Q., and in her free time, has dedicated herself to teaching young students the art of the oboe in her private studio. Nancy performs on a Loree AK model oboe.
Dianne Newberry, French Horn
Dianne Newberry lives in Saline Michigan with her husband Troy and intermittently with her two college age children, Eric and Meagan. She received a degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University where she studied horn with Dr. Willard Zirk. Throughout her career, Dianne has taught music in public and private schools, led youth church choirs, and served as vocal coach for the Saline Fiddlers. She has taught private horn lessons to young students for over thirty years. She plays professionally in pit orchestras, including recent musicals at the Croswell Theater in Adrian and the Encore Theater in Dexter. Dianne is a board certified music therapist and works with adults who have dementia at the Huron Woods assisted living center in Ann Arbor.