OBE News and Upcoming Events...


About the Out of Bounds Ensemble...

The Out of Bounds Ensemble was founded in 2007 in order to bring new and established contemporary chamber music to a wider audience. Pianist and theorist Tomoko Deguchi, building on years of experience performing contemporary music, forged the ensemble by bringing together composers Ronald Keith Parks and Craig Bove, pianist and composer Leonard Mark Lewis, and conductor and tuba player Geoff Whitehead. Soon after becoming established in the Carolina region the Out of Bounds Ensemble was appointed as Ensemble in Residence at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC and Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC.

Since its inception the Out of Bounds Ensemble has been joined in concert by numerous eminent Charlotte, NC area musicians including flutist Amy Orsinger-Whitehead, clarinetist Reese Manceaux, cellist Nick Lampo, violinist Judy Meister, soprano Loraine Gorrell, Brass Act (Jon Thornton and Scott Bauer - trumpet, Julie Shrom - horn, Ken Davis - trombone, and David Mills - tuba), trumpeters Mark Dulin, David Hodges, and John Brooks, French horn Bill Tyler, trombonist Mark Richards, tuba player Sarita J. Maxwell, soprano Kristen Wonderlich, flutist Jill O'Neill, oboe player Brendon Bushman, violinist Tatiana Karpova, soprano Gina Gutierrez, and many more.

The mission of the Out of Bounds Ensemble is to present professional-quality performances of established, seminal works of the 20th and 21st centuries and to commission and perform new works by regional composers.

The Out of Bounds Ensemble is available for concerts and lecture-recitals, and makes regular appearances in the Carolinas and throughout the southeast region. For further information on upcoming and recent concerts see the upcoming and recent events listing or contact us through the 'book us' link.

OBE Recent Events...

The OBE spring 2013 concerts were a huge success. OBE has firmly established itself as the Charlotte area's premiere new music ensemble and the fan base continues to expand.

OBE was the ensemble-in-residence for Alternative Impulse III, the third installment in an ongoing series of mini-new music festivals presented by Winthrop University. OBE performed a concert by Alternative Impulse III composer-in-residence Daniel Weymouth. See the repertory page for details.

OBE also presented a spring concert at Winthrop University featuring works by Armisted-Jones, Abramovic, and Parks. The performance included projected images for both the Abramovic and Parks works. Parks composition /// Elements, was based on art works from the North Carolina Museum of Art permanent collection. The art works associated with /// Elements were projected throughout the performance (with light animation).

OBE members Tatiana Karpova, Tomoko Deguchi, and Nick Lampo performed Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor as part of the prestigious Providence Music Recital Series in April 2013.


OBE joins with Bechtler Ensemble for Charlotte Composers Forum Concert

Sunday, October 20 @ Winthrop University, and Sunday, October 27 @ Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Works by Parks, Bove, Allemeier, and Mahler. Multi-media event.


Spring 2013 Concerts...
Sunday, April 14 @ 7:30 p.m. Winthrop University. Works by Armisted-Jones, Abramovic, Parks, and Ravel. Multi-media event.

Friday, January 18 - 7:03 p.m. @ Winthrop University. Ensemble in Residence for Alternative Impulse III: Special concert: The Music  of Daniel Weymouth.

Fall 2012 Concerts...
Sunday, October 7 - 7:00 p.m. @ Providence Chamber Music Series - Providence United Methodist Church: Things Get Out of Hand - Ronald Keith Parks

Spring 2012 Concerts...
April 15 7:30 p.m. @ Winthrop University, and April 21 4:00 p.m. @ Central Piedmont Community College. Works by Stark, Shostakovich, Lewis, and Thompson. 

April 16, 2011 @ 4 p.m. 
OBE concert, Works by Parks, Kodaly, Schreiter, and Martinu. Free-will offerings to benefit the Japan earthquake victims.

October 23, 2010 
OBE concert, 2010 Kentucky New Music Festival, Lexington KY

October 10, 2010 
OBE members participated in a Takemitsu Symposium held in honor of what would have been his 80th year. Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

April 17, 2010 
OBE Student Contest Winners Concerts, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

September 4, 2009
OBE Fall Concert
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

September 13, 2009
OBE Residency 
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

April 18, 2009.
OBE spring concert, Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

April 25, 2009
OBE Spring concert, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

Sept. 7, 2008
OBE Friends of the Conservatory concert, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Sept. 5, 2008
OBE concert, Central Piedmont Community Collete, Charlotte, NC

April, 2008
OBE innagural concert, Winthrop Univeristy, Rock Hill, SC