Spiritus Winds

Spiritus Winds is a new wind quintet based in the Seattle area. Our name comes from the Latin word spiritus, meaning “breath” or “breathing.” Our debut performance took place on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood, WA.


Flutist Danijela McElwee studied flute in Serbia and received a Bachelor of Arts in flute performance from the University of Novi Sad Academy of Arts. She moved to the United States in 2001 and was awarded a Mortar Board Scholarship from the University of Washington School of Music, where she earned her Masters degree in flute performance. Danijela has performed with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra in Seattle, and is presently principal flutist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, with whom she performed as soloist in Huntley Beyer’s Toot Suite in 2007. She performs a broad and varied repertoire, encompassing the classics to the contemporary avant-garde, and particularly enjoys performing music in the Eastern European folk traditions of her native Serbia and neighboring countries. Danijela is very passionate about teaching and maintains an active music studio of flute and piano students.
Learn more: danijelamusic.com

Oboist Yuh-Pey Lin was born and raised in Taiwan. She earned her Bachelor of Music in oboe performance with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters degree from Rice University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in oboe performance from the University of Washington. Her oboe instructors include Richard Killmer, Robert Atherholt, Rebecca Henderson and John DeJarnatt. Yuh-Pey won the Ladies Musical Club solo competition in 2003, touring through Eastern Washington and playing a live performance on Classical KING-FM’s Live! By George program. She was also the first-prize winner in the Capital Area Youth Symphony Association’s concerto competition in Olympia. Her summer festival experiences have included the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre, American Institute of Musical Studies, Round Top Festival Institute and Sarasota Music Festival. Yuh-Pey freelances around the Seattle area and has performed with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic and Chamber Music San Juans. She has been the NorthSounds Orchestra director and accompanied the Bellevue Girl Choir. She currently teaches music in the Northshore School District and coaches for the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Clarinetist Jenny Ziefel is a classically trained clarinet and saxophone player with wide-ranging musical interests. She is involved in many different styles of music including orchestral playing, chamber music, jazz, free improvisation, new music and musical theater. She has been teaching professionally since 1992 and in the Seattle area since 1998. Jenny has played with the Seattle Bass Clarinet Project (Setzer/Ziefel Duo), Bellevue Philharmonic, Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Eastside Chamber Music Series, and countless other ensembles in the Seattle area.
Learn more: jennyziefel.com

French hornist Paulette Altman, a Pennsylvania native, has taught private French horn lessons in the Seattle area for the past 25 years. She has taught with Seattle Youth Symphony’s Endangered Instruments Program and at Marrowstone-in-the-City’s summer program since 2001. She is also the horn coach at Bellevue Youth Symphony. She founded the Redmond Horn Choir, an ensemble comprised of over 20 horn players aged 10 to 25, which performs at regional horn conferences. Paulette holds music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Forrest Standley and Randy Gardner. In addition to teaching, Paulette is a longtime member of the Pacific Brass Quintet.

Bassoonist Jeff Eldridge is currently principal bassoonist of Orchestra Seattle, with whom he has performed since 1995. He has played bassoon and contrabassoon with ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Tacoma Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Everett Philarmonic and Soni Ventorum. Jeff has written program notes for groups including Orchestra Seattle, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Britt Festival, as well as liner notes for over two dozen CD releases. A graduate of the University of Washington, where he studied bassoon with Arthur Grossman, he teaches mathematics at Edmonds Community College.