About Us

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The Ensemble

Compass Winds is a Seattle based quintet composed of musicians brought together by the love of the repertoire and the desire to make great music with great friends. 


Performing repertoire from Classical to contemporary, Compass Winds pursues the exciting evolution of wind quintet music through the centuries. The distinct sororities of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn combine as our voice to express the passion of the music and playing together.

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Rose V. Johnson - Flute

 Rose V. Johnson, flutist, regularly performs in recital, is a member of the Compass Winds Quintet, the Ladies' Quintessential Quintet, acts as Principal Flute of the Ensign Symphony and, formerly, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, collaborates on a variety of ensemble work, and has been a member of the National Flute Association's Professional Flute Choir in 2008, 2010-2019. She has performed in solo and collaborative events in Utah, Washington, Arizona, and Texas. Rose eaned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University and Master of Music degree from University of Washington. Recipient of the Seattle Flute Society's Weeping Willow Teacher's Grant (2014), Rose maintains a teaching studio, conducts a student flute choir, adjudicates, and has coached with the Seattle Youth Symphony's Marrowstone-in-the-City Summer Music program, the Evergreen Philharmonic and the Bellevue Youth Symphony.  Rose lives with her engineer husband, Travis, in beautiful Sammamish, Washington. She is a proud mother of a violinist daughter and Lego-loving son. 

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Lori Shepherd - Clarinet

Residing in Seattle since 2012, Lori Shepherd is a freelance musician and private music instructor specializing in woodwinds. She holds a Masters degree in Clarinet performance from the University of Utah, and has performed around the world in various ensembles on a dizzying assortment of instruments. Beside playing with Compass Winds, she currently plays clarinet with Pacific Sound Woodwind Quintet, Trio de Bois, and Blackwood&Silver Trio. She plays alto saxophone with Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, and baritone saxophone with Bamboo and Brass Saxophone Quartet and Emerald City Saxophone Quartet. Putting her versatility as a woodwind doubler to good use, Lori has performed extensively in musical theater productions, including productions at Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Musical Theater, the Village Kidstage, and Showtunes Theatre Company. In addition to formerly teaching junior high band, she has taught private lessons since 2000, and recently began appearing as a guest artist and lecturer at universities in Utah and Idaho.

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Derek Smith - Bassoon

 Woodwind artist, Derek Smith, is proficient on saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, and flute and has performed in numerous concert halls around the world.  Well versed in both classical and commercial genres, recent performance highlights include the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas and a performance during Festival Miami. As a recording artist he has worked with Gloria Estefan, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and George Benson. Smith has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Gloria Estefan, George Benson, Vince Mendoza, Terence Blanchard, Bruce Hornsby, the Opus One Orchestra, Kravis Center Pops, Opera Naples, Michael Feinstein, Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, and Dave Gruisin. Smith is also active in the musical theater world regularly appearing in productions in the Seattle area at The 5th Avenue Theater and The Village Theater. Smith currently maintains an active private studio in the Seattle area in addition to serving as a guest lecturer and adjudicator in the Lake Washington School district. His formal studies include a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from California State University-Fresno, a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy and Jazz Saxophone Performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in multiple woodwind performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. 

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Logan Esterling - Oboe

 Logan Esterling, oboist, earned a BM at the University of Washington. He studied with Mary Lynch, Principal Oboist of the Seattle Symphony, and has performed in masterclasses for Linda Strommen, Alex Klein, Ariana Ghez Farrell, Russ deLuna, and Earle Dumler. He holds the English Horn position in the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and he performs regularly with Symphony Tacoma, North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, and others. Mr. Esterling was recently the winner of the UW Symphony Concerto Competition and the Sewanee Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has also performed as a soloist with the Eastside Symphony Orchestra, Whidbey Island Consort Players, and Carillon Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Marcello and Mozart. As an active freelancer, Mr. Esterling has performed on multiple occasions with Evanescence and Lindsay Stirling, played on the soundtrack for the video game Destiny 2, and recorded music for a Dreamworks short.  

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Stacey Eliason

 

Stacey Eliason is an active freelancer in the Seattle area. She is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians, Seattle and Spokane locals, and manages The CHOPPERS Brass Quintet.

She was instructor of horn at Edmonds Community College from 2013 to 2019, where she taught applied horn and directd the horn ensemble, "No More Chips."

Prior teaching positions were Central Washington University, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and the Snoqualmie, Snohomish and Marysville School Districts. She performs regularly with The Choppers brass quintet, and was principal horn of the Issaquah Chamber Orchestra from 2009-2012. She has performed with Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Olympia and Yakima Symphonies. She also travels as a recitalist in the Western United States and has served as the president of the Northwest Horn Society.

She has performed solo recitals throughout the world on chamber music series, such as Music at St Michaels (Paris, France) and the Incline Village Chamber Music Festival (Lake Tahoe, Nevada). She performed in Brisbane, Australia as part of the International Horn Society 2010 Symposium and summer of 2013 was spent touring Norway. She enjoys promoting the horn's solo repertoire and has commissioned and recorded music of composers such as Jeff Swingle, Brent Edstrom, Seth Stewart, Carey Zaines-Trader, Jeff Ball and Benjamin Gessel.

She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her former students have attended schools across the United States, such as Indiana University (Bloomington), Boston University, Northwest University (Chicago), University of Colorado at Boulder and Pensicola College (Florida). They can also be heard in regional orchestras across the United States.