"The Verismo Trio sparkles with energy and the joy of discovery. With Verismo, truly, flute, saxophone, and piano is a compelling and fun mix. Believe it!" -- Mike Winter, concert producer  


"The Verismo Trio exhibits great synchronicity..." -- Daniel Coombs, music reviewer for Audiophile



Verismo Trio was founded in 2010 after active performers and recording artists Nicole Riner (flute), Scott Turpen (saxophones), and Theresa Bogard (piano) spent a blissful month learning, performing, and recording Jennifer Higdon’s Dash under the composer’s tutelage for a collaborative CD of her wind and string chamber music. Combining original works and arrangements for this instrumentation along with duo and solo works of all combinations makes for a widely varied, colorful concert experience that highlights works written since the 20th Century. In their short time together, Verismo has toured across the United States and South America introducing new sound concepts and new composers to audiences young and old.  In the 2012-2013 season, they served as guest artists at 37° Festival de Musica in Goiania, Brazil as part of their busy touring schedule.

Verismo Trio is dedicated to championing new works for the instrumentation and enjoys collaborating with composers.  They have commissioned a dozen new works written by composers across the United States and in Europe, many of which are featured on their debut album, cloudServer. VT has also participated in Vox Novus' commissioning project, Fifteen Minutes of Fame, based in New York, and they hold their own biannual composition contest.

The trio is active as clinicians, dedicated to training young chamber musicians in school residencies and master classes in conjunction with their performances. In this way, they hope to bring a wealth of contemporary composers to a younger audience and encourage collaborations in future generations.  

Verismo Trio is proud to be on the Wyoming Arts Council Roster and the Nevada Arts Learning Roster. These juried rosters provide community support for presenting educational programs and concerts for qualifying presenters. We also receive support from Altus Flutes, Rico Reeds, and the Yamaha Corporation; please visit our Press Kit for details.  



Selected Repertoire

Jason Barabba: fl... for flute and piano (commissioned by Nicole), Organism for flute and soprano saxophone (arranged for Verismo), Torschlusspanik (commissioned by Verismo Trio)

Ivan Božičević: Monkey Face, Spiritual Mountain (both arranged for Verismo Trio)

Dave Deason: Six New Diversions for soprano saxophone and flute (dedicated to Scott and Nicole)
Trio for Flute, Saxes, and Piano (written for Verismo Trio)

Claude Debussy, arr. Sharon Davis: Six Epigraphes Antiques

Max Dubois: Les Treteaux

Jason Emerson: Cloud Server

Marc Eychenne: Cantilene et Danse (arranged for Verismo Trio)

Jennifer Higdon: Dash

Ryan Jesperson: Hebdomas Squatinae [shark week]--*winner of our 2013 Composition Contest
Shark Week II: The Return of Sharknado (written for Verismo Trio)

Sunny Knable: Glassworks (arranged for Verismo Trio)

Charles Koechlin: Epitaph to Jean Harlow

Mike Mower: Sonata Latino for flute and piano (with original improvised saxophone solos)

Russell Peterson: Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and Piano

Marilyn Shrude: Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu



Recordings (available for purchase here)

cloudServer, ACA Digital Recordings, 2015.

Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon, Albany Records, 2013.



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