About Us
Kate Kilgus, Clarinet 
Alayne Wegner, Violin
Audrey Hudgens, Cello
Marissa Kerbel, Piano 
oleaensemble@gmail.com(801) 899-5477

The members of OLEA met in the Spring of 2021 through their participation in the Cincinnati New Music Ensemble (CNME). Inspired by the artistry, musicianship, and spirit of collaboration they saw in one another as well as their shared interest in new music, they founded OLEA shortly after. OLEA aims to create music that is engaging and impactful for audiences.
With their unique instrumentation of violin, clarinet, cello, and piano, they have played in various duo, trio and quartet configurations, exploring some of the most compelling chamber music repertoire. In the spring of 2022 they gave an interactive performance of perhaps the most well-known and intensive piece written for their instrumentation, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, encouraging audiences to use the music to help them reflect on their experiences of time throughout the pandemic. In the summer of 2022, OLEA completed residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute as well as the Decoda Chamber Music Festival, both of which were fully funded.
Since its inception, the importance of new music and creative collaboration has remained at the center of OLEA’s artistic vision. Future projects include regional tours through the United States, competing in international competitions, and commissioning new works by living composers.

Repertoire List
Catch - Thomas Adès Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 - Johannes BrahmsCrescent Shadow - Nic Bizub DISAGREE!- Miguel del Aguila D’un Matin De Printemps - Lili Boulanger D’un Soir Triste - Lili Boulanger Quatuor pour la fin du temps - Olivier Messiaen Rodeo Queen of Heaven - Libby LarsenTrio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano - Aram Khachaturian Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises, I & III - Frank Martin Wave Hands Like Clouds - Owen Hopper
Performance Experience
Cincinnati New Music Ensemble (CNME) | Cincinnati, OH
Fall Chamber Music Recital | Cincinnati, OH
Spring Chamber Music Recital: OLEA Presents Oliver Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” | Cincinnati, OH
CCM Atrium Concert | Cincinnati, OH
Freelance Performances | Cincinnati, OH
Mile of Music Festival | Appleton, WI
Lawrence University | Appleton, WI
CCM Library | Cincinnati, OH
Arts @ ARCO | Cincinnati, OH
Teachers and Coaches
Michael S. Chertock: Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Timothy Lees: Violin, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Alan Rafferty: Cello, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Joe Morris: Clarinet, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Clair Bryant: Cellist, University of South Carolina
Nate Schram
: Violist, of the Attaca Quartet
Alicia Lee: Clarinet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Mizrahi
: Piano, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Avaloch Farm Music Institute | Boscawen, NHFellowship

Decoda Chamber Music Festival | Appleton, WIFull Scholarship 
Commissioned Works
Wave Hands Like Clouds, Owen Hopper | Cincinnati, OH
Stay in Touch!
Please reach out to us regarding and questions about the ensemble, current or future projects or collaborations. We would love to hear from you!