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Sergeant First Class Anna Pennington

Principal Oboe

Sergeant First Class Anna Pennington, oboe and English horn, joined the West Point Band in 2011. Prior to that, she had served as Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music since 2007. During that time, she performed as a member of the Mobile, Pensacola, and Gulf Coast Symphonies. She also toured extensively with Category 5, the faculty wind quintet in residence at the university. In addition to being a former member of the Planets, a classical fusion ensemble, Sergeant First Class Pennington has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now Sarasota Orchestra). Festival appearances include the New Texas Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Salzburger Festspiele.

Sergeant First Class Pennington has given recitals and masterclasses at universities throughout the United States, Venezuela, and Brazil, and has also made appearances on National Public Radio, at Carnegie Hall, at Avery Fisher Hall, and at various international venues. She appeared as a soloist with the Florida State University Symphony in 2005. She also has been involved in numerous recording projects.

A Texas native, Sergeant First Class Pennington holds a Doctor of Music from The Florida State University, a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas. Her teachers have included Eric Ohlsson, Joseph Robinson, John Snow, and Beth Sanders.

Staff Sergeant Natalie Wren

Staff Sergeant Natalie Wren joined the West Point Band in February 2014. She holds a Doctorate of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. In 2007, Staff Sergeant Wren studied oboe performance at the Conservatoire de Versailles in France. Her teachers have included Petrea Warneck, Mark Ostoich, Christopher Philpotts, Dwight Parry, and Pascal Saumon.

As a member of the West Point Double Reed Quartet, Staff Sergeant Wren was a featured performer at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in New York City in 2014 and Tokyo in 2015. Her latest publication, “Dana Wilson’s Polystylistic Voice: Examining Excerpts from Mandala and Kalamus,” can be found in the IDRS Journal vol. 38, no. 2. Staff Sergeant Wren has held teaching positions at Earlham College and the Indian Springs Academy of Music. She has given master classes and guest lectures at several universities, including Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Xavier University, the University of Louisville, Furman University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Staff Sergeant Wren performs extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Pops Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Sinfonietta. Additionally, she worked as a studio recording artist for Monastery Records in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has attended festivals such as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, CCM-Spoleto Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival. Staff Sergeant Wren has given recitals throughout the United States and has made solo appearances in Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. She was a featured soloist with the West Point Band in 2015, the Furman Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and the Youth American Debut Orchestra in 2013.