Jennifer Reeves, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the Founder and Artistic Director for the HiJinx Clarinet Quartet. Her formation of the group stems from her interest and dedication to the clarinet quartet chamber music genre. Reeves was invited to present on her creation and development of the Hijinx Clarinet Quartet at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 29, 2016. Reeves's main goal for the quartet is creative design of innovative musical experiences that reach diverse audiences.
Elizabeth Johnson is pursuing a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNL in which she teaches clarinet lessons to music minors and assists in the activities of the Kimball Recital Hall. Prior to attending UNL, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Performance at Bowling Green State University where she studied with Professor Kevin Schempf. She graduated with University Honors at BGSU and completed an Honors Project in which she arranged “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” by Debussy for clarinet quartet. During her years at BGSU, she performed in the Bowling Green Philharmonia, the BGSU Opera Orchestra, and the Wind Symphony. She also had the privilege of performing in masterclasses with clarinetists Anthony McGill, Julian Bliss, and Daniel Gilbert. Elizabeth completed her student teaching at Lake Middle School in the Toledo, Ohio area. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the International Clarinet Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Outside of music, Elizabeth enjoys cooking and baking, reading, running, and hiking. She hopes to have a career combining her passions of music education and clarinet performance by teaching music at the college, primary, or secondary level while being active as a performer.
Lucas Willsie is a clarinetist and teacher located in the DFW area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance with a Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in woodwinds at the University of North Texas. He has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he was named alternate in the Music Teachers National Association's Young Artist Performance Competition at the State Division for Nebraska. He was a 2012 winner of the Gold Medal Concerto Competition at Truman State University where he performed William Bolcom's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. He was named Principal Clarinetist of the Missouri Music Educators Association's All-Collegiate Band in 2012. Lucas holds a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He also holds Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance degrees from Truman State University. His teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano, Dr. Diane Barger, and Dr. Jesse Krebs.
Emerging clarinetist, Stephen Borodkin joined the Hijinx Clarinet Quartet in 2016. He is currently pursing a Master of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with Howard Klug. A native of Memphis, Tennessee he completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Memphis while studying with Robyn Jones. Stephen is active in the International Clarinet Association and gave a clarinet quartet performance at ClarinetFest® 2014 in Baton Rouge. He has also given solo and chamber performances at regional and state conferences in Tennessee and Mississippi. He is a frequent performer with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. Borodkin has performed in Austria and Italy and has performed in master classes with world-renown clarinetists including Charles Neidich, Richie Hawley, David Shifrin, Burt Hara, Frank Kowalsky, Jana Starling, Steve Cohen, and Diane Barger among others.
Adam Jones is the newest member of Hijinx. A native of New Orleans, Adam recently graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a Bachelor's of Music Performance and a Bachelor's of Music Education while studying with Dr. Malena McLaren. At NSU, Adam was principal of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups. Adam performed as part of an all-encompassing art experience at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for "The Homecoming of the African House Murals" in 2015. He has performed in master-classes with Jesse Krebs, Diane Barger, Pedro Rubio, and Jana Starling. Adam controls the Quartet's social media pages, and is in charge of coordinating events and performances.
Shiana Montanari is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She performs in the University Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Graduate Chamber Music Program, as well as in the Lincoln Municipal Band and local theatre productions.
During her undergraduate studies at Fort Lewis College, Montanari coached a woodwind quintet and performed actively on clarinet and saxophone in the Orchestra, Symphonic and Concert bands, Jazz Band, saxophone quartet, and other various woodwind ensembles. The saxophone quartet performed at the NASA conference in Albuquerque in 2009.
Prior to attending UNL, Montanari worked for the National Park Service in New Mexico, delivering interactive educational programs, on site and at local schools about the music and musical instruments of the Ancestral Pueblo people.
Montanari holds a Master's of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (2015), as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clarinet Performace from Fort Lewis College (2011). Her teachers include Dr. Diane Barger, Dr. Joshua Mietz, and Dr. Mark Walters and Dr. Paul Haar and Dr. Doug Owens in saxophone.