Pavia Wind Quintet is one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber music ensembles. Formed in 2005 by alumni from the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College, the Twin-Cities-based group is interested in exploring a variety of repertoire for wind soloists with an increasing focus on contemporary music. Pavia has worked with many local composers to premiere and record new works.  In 2012 Pavia premiered Timothy Takach’s “Kinetic” and in 2015 Pavia premiered Timothy Mahr's "A Mythological Suite."

Because woodwind quintet repertoire is a specialized genre of music, Pavia aspires to make this music accessible to all audiences by performing fun and varied programs.

Active performers, Pavia presents concerts and workshops throughout Minnesota, including St. Olaf College, Augsburg College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Camden Music School, Unity Unitarian, House of Hope Presbyterian, The Schubert Club, The James J. Hill House, The University of Northwestern and The Baroque Room. Pavia especially enjoys working with students to encourage enthusiasm for chamber music of all kinds.

  Erica Bennett Duggan, flute, is a private flute instructor, freelance performer, and early childhood music educator at MacPhail Center for Music.  She holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she was under the instruction of Immanuel Davis and Julia Bogorad-Kogan.  Erica also studied under Kay Sahlin at St. Olaf College, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance.  Erica currently plays principal flute with Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Minneapolis, and was a featured as a chamber soloist with the orchestra in 2010.  She has performed frequently with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra as well, in addition to the Park Avenue Wind Quintet and Dolce Wind Quintet.  As a student, Erica was a soloist on a United States tour with the St. Olaf Orchestra as a result of winning the symphony's concerto competition. A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, Erica has taught private flute lessons for over ten years at studios and schools in the Twin Cities metro area.  She has served as flute instructor for the St. Olaf summer music program, was a judge for the Laudie Porter Competition, and was an evaluator of MMTA flute exams for several years.  She also enjoys teaching group music lessons to young children.
 
  Gina Goettl, horn, is a native of Minnesota.  Active as a musician in the Twin Cities, Gina has performed with many ensembles at a variety of venues, including Orchestra Hall, the Ordway, the State Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Northrup Auditorium, Augsburg College, St. Olaf, Gustavus, The University of Minnesota, Bethel College, the Basilica of St. Mary and the Cathedral of St. Paul.  In addition to playing with the Pavia Wind Quintet, she subs with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Shore Brass, Aurora Brass, and the Copper Street Brass Quintet.  As an undergraduate, Gina attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she studied with Allen French and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.  During her studies, she freelanced with several groups, including the Lincoln Symphony, the Hastings Symphony, and the Third Chair Chamber Players.  She returned to Minneapolis to complete her Master's degree in music at the University of Minnesota where she studied with Herb Winslow, Charles Kavalovski and Brian Jensen; she graduated in 2005.  As the resident organizer of Pavia, Gina keeps track of the group's music library, recital scheduling, and assists with the programming for Pavia's performances.  Beyond chamber music, Gina's passions include British literature and baking.  She works as the program assistant for the genetic counseling program at the University of Minnesota and recently finished a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  Justin Windschitl, bassoon, is an active freelance performer in the Twin Cities and surrounding region.   He has performed with several notable orchestras around the country, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, as principal bassoon of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra .  He has participated in a number of music festivals, including the Texas and Eastern Music Festivals, and was twice featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.  Justin is an active chamber musician, performing extensively with Pavia Wind Quintet, and in collaboration with musicians from the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras.  While a student, Justin toured the United States as a soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra.  He has continued a musical connection with St. Olaf through performances in faculty chamber music recitals and as guest alumni soloist with the St. Olaf Band.  Justin's primary bassoon instructors include Mark Kelley and Norbert Nielubowski, both members of the Minnesota Orchestra.  In addition to his music activities, Justin is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank, serving as Director of Compensation and the Human Resources Chief Risk Officer.  He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas and Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Music and American Racial Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College.
 
  Ryan Golden, clarinet, performs with many musical theater orchestras and symphony orchestras including at the History Theatre, 7th House Theater at the Guthrie Theater, Artistry, Theater Latte Da, Mu Performing Arts, the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a substitute with the Minnesota Opera, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Symphony, the Children's Theater and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.  He was Associate Faculty at Birch Creek Performance Center for 10 years.  Ryan was born in Minneapolis and studied for six years with Jennifer Gerth, Principal Clarinet of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied with Julie DeRoche.  While in Chicago, Ryan taught for the Pathways to Development program for disadvantaged youth in the South Side of Chicago, performed with the Classical Symphony, founded the Lill Street Ensemble and was a substitute for Concertante di Chicago and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Ryan moved back to Minneapolis in 2003, where completed a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Burt Hara.
 
  Lindsey Thompson, oboe,  earned her Masters in Oboe Performance at the University of Minnesota in May 2013, studying with John Snow.  During her time there, Lindsey was on a full scholarship and played principal and second oboe in the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  Lindsey is the oboist of the Pavia Wind Quintet, Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Sinfonia, and oboist with the Antithesis Project.  She has appeared live on MPR with Minnesota Varsity as an artist in residence, and continues to freelance in the Twin Cities.  She has subbed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony and played at the Lakes Area Music Festival.  Lindsey teaches oboe through Northwestern College's Academy of Music, and also maintains a private studio in the Twin Cities.  Lindsey received her Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude at the University of Colorado in May 2011.  During her time there, she studied with Peter Cooper and played in the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, rotating principal and second oboist.  She has also subbed as second oboe with the Colorado Symphony.