From the shores of Lake Erie, the North Coast Winds (NCW) has emerged as a dynamic player in the cultural and educational fabric of Northeast Ohio and beyond. Formed by five alumni of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2013, NCW's commitment to inspired music-making, memorable educational programming, and connecting with the broadest possible audiences has led the group across the United States in performances and residences. Awarded second prize at the Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, NCW has delighted listeners in beautiful concert halls, gardens, libraries, hospitals, museums, historic homes and hotels, and on the radio. Its highly accomplished and versatile members also perform with orchestras throughout the region, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops and Opera Theater Orchestras, Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet, Buffalo and Erie Philharmonics, CityMusic Cleveland, and the Akron, Canton, Firelands, Wheeling, and Youngstown Symphonies, and are routinely invited to the world's most selective summer festivals, such as Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Pacific Music Festival.

NCW is distinguished by its dedication to accessibility and advocacy for the wind quintet. Specializing in customized educational programs, the ensemble prides itself on its ability to design and deliver adaptive, engaging presentations covering a wide spectrum of topics for all age groups. After implementing dozens of outreach offerings at schools and organizations all over Cleveland, NCW founded its own chamber music camp in 2015 while raising significant scholarship funds to enable every qualified student to attend. 2015 also saw a weeklong residency in Sitka, Alaska, where the group introduced hundreds of people in both educational and recital settings to its instruments, skills, and signature brand of musical story- telling. With its burgeoning profile, the quintet maintains strong roots in its home community of Cleveland as it seeks to share its passion of playing together with an ever-expanding audience.