Since 2016, the Scio Quartet has been a prominent Rochester-based chamber ensemble with a focus on performing a wide range of music for an equally wide range of audiences. Scio has participated and won top prizes in a variety of competitions, including first prize in the 2019 MTNA Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 198th Army Band Solo and Ensemble Competition. The quartet has also performed as a featured ensemble at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.. In addition to their busy competition and recital schedule, the quartet also dedicates itself to fostering a love of music in new audiences. In Rochester alone, Scio has performed for the RIT Osher Institute, Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Children’s School of Rochester, Strong Medical Center, and the Irondequoit Public Library. Scio has also performed around the United States in Virginia, Florida, and most recently completed a week-long tour in Northern California. The quartet is comprised of Uday Singh (soprano), Siobhan Plouffe (alto), Clancy Ellis (tenor), and Michael Matthews (baritone).
UDAY SINGH, SOPRANO
Uday Singh, originally from San Jose, California, is in the fourth year of his saxophone performance degree under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music. Uday has been a member of a variety of ensembles during his time at Eastman, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, and Saxophone Project. Uday is also dedicated to sharing music with new audiences and has frequently performed in local venues such as schools, libraries, and hospitals across the country. Previously Uday has served as principal saxophonist for the California All-State Symphonic Band and the Santa Clara County Honor Band, in addition to be a featured soloist with the Saratoga High School Symphony Orchestra. He has had the honor of studying with SSG Douglas O'Connor, Vincent David, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Gail Levinsky, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.
SIOBHAN PLOUFFE, ALTO
Siobhan Plouffe, from Rochester, New York, is currently pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance at Eastman under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin as well as Audio and Music Engineering at the University of Rochester. During her time at Eastman, Siobhan has been involved with a number of ensembles such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Saxophone Project. Along with Chien-Kwan Lin, Siobhan has had the opportunity to study under SSG Doug O’Connor, Vincent David, Katherine Weintraub, Carrie Koffman, Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Taimur Sullivan, Kenneth Tse, and Zachary Shemon. Before her time at Eastman, Siobhan served as the principal saxophonist in the Monroe All County Band in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
CLANCY ELLIS, TENOR
Clancy Ellis, from Merritt Island, Florida, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Performance at Eastman under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. Clancy also had the opportunity to study extensively with SSG Doug O’Connor of the U.S. Army Band and Vincent David of the Versailles Conservatory. At Eastman, he is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As a soloist, Clancy recently debuted with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra as the first-place winner of the Nico Toscano Concerto Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the 198th Army Band Solo competition. Clancy has attended saxophone institutes throughout America and Europe, where he studied with renowned teachers such as Claude Delangle, Frederick L. Hemke, Arno Bornkamp, and Timothy McAllister. In addition to playing saxophone, Clancy has studied orchestral conducting with Brad Lubman and Mark Powell.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, BARITONE
Michael C. Matthews is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and a third year Saxophone Performance student at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Michael has won awards in MTNA solo competitions at the state and division level, and has attended two seasons at the Brevard Music Festival to study with Profs. Joseph Lulloff and Henning Schröder of Capitol Quartet. Before beginning his studies with Dr. Lin, Michael had been a student of Drs. Matt Olson and Kyra Zhang. Michael enjoys performing for the Eastman and Greater Rochester communities with the Eastman Saxophone Project, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He is privileged to be the baritone chair of Scio Quartet, a chamber ensemble formed with Eastman colleagues Siobhan Plouffe, Uday Singh, and Clancy Ellis. Scio performs frequently in the Rochester area and was a national finalist in the 2018 MTNA Competition as well as winning top prize at the 198th Army Band’s Solo & Ensemble Competition. Michael also enjoys collaborating with composers of various styles, and has premiered chamber works by Patrick Andrew Thompson, Matthew Schultheis, Baljinder Sekhon, and Andrew Kosinski.