About Us

The Willamette Reed Trio is a chamber music ensemble based in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area consisting of oboist Greg Ruetsch, clarinetist Lea Anne Bantsari, and bassoonist Gloria Benci Handy. We play a wide variety of music ranging from works written originally for reed trio, as well as arrangements of older works and contemporary pieces from many different genres.

As advocates of reed trio chamber music, we provide our arrangements of public domain works free of charge (under the Resources tab).

A Short History of the Reed Trio

Mention of the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon in a chamber ensemble will usually bring into mind the wind quintet, which in additional to these three reeded instruments includes the flute and French horn. Relative to the wind quintet, which dates back to the late eighteenth century, the reed trio is a newcomer and came into prominence in the early twentieth century with the formation of the Trio d'Anches de Paris in 1927. In collaboration with the publisher Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre, works for the reed trio by composers such as Ibert, Milhaud, and Auric were commissioned and their publication included not only sheet music but recordings by the Trio d'Anches de Paris and other reed trios, a novel concept at the time.

Sonically, the reed trio lies between the homogenous sound of the string quartet and the vastly different timbres of the wind quintet. The timbres of the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon strike a unique balance being both distinct and complimentary.


June 24, 2018 — St. Honoré Boulangerie, SE Portland

As a part of Make Music Day PDX, the Willamette Reed Trio will be performing at St. Honoré Boulangerie, 3333 SE Division Street, Portland on Sunday June 24 from Noon-1pm. Make Music Day is a celebration of music that grew out of the Fête de la Musique which originated in France in 1982. In honor of the French roots of this event, as well as the venue, we will be featuring works of French composers in our performance. There is no cover charge for this event.

St. Honoré Boulangerie, Noon-1pm June 24, 2018


Sheet Music

Below are some arrangements of public domain works in our repertoire.

Tango in D

Issac Albéniz

Menuet II from French Suite No. 1 (BWV 812)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Score with Clarinet in B♭

Sinfonia No. 1 and No. 6

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sinfonia No. 1

Sinfonia No. 6

Des pas sur la neige

Claude Debussy

Score with Clarinet in B♭

Pie Jesu from Requiem

Gabriel Fauré

Score with Clarinet in B♭

Marche funèbre d'une marionette

Charles Gounod

London Trios

Jospeh Haydn

Adoramus Te, Christe

Orlando di Lasso

Score with Clarinet in B♭

Deh, chi tace il bel pensero

Giulio Cesare Monteverdi

Entr'acte et "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" from Les Contes d'Hoffman

Jacques Offenbach

Wien Bleibt Wien!

Johann Schrammel

Chœur Dansé from Six Horn Quartets

Nikolai Tcherepnin

Alte Kameraden

Carl Teike

The pieces below are works written for reed trio that have been re-typeset to improve legibility and playability.

Trio No. 1, Op. 30

Charles Huguenin

Musette, Op. 47

Georges Jean Pfeiffer


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