Principal Oboist of Great Falls, MT Symphony Killed in Plane Crash

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    Delmar Williams

    This is very sad news indeed.

    Here is a picture of her and the symphony quintet.

    here is the article about the crash

    Former UWM Student Among Those Killed In Montana Plane Crash

    POSTED: 5:23 pm CDT May 14, 2007

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    MILWAUKEE — A talented musician is among the five people who died when a small plane crashed Saturday morning near a private airstrip in Montana.

    Jennifer Sengpiel, 27, started at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as a high school student as part of the UWM wind ensemble. She then attended the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Her big break came later when she got the principal oboeist position for the Great Falls Symphony in Montana.

    UWM oboe instructor, Steve Kolburn, said Sengpeil will be missed.

    “She had a very good future ahead of her, in music, with her oboe playing. I think she and Kyle, her fiance, were in love and they were just at that stage in their lives where plans were coming together and it’s just a very sad day. It’s a shame. She was a sweetheart,” Kolburn said.

    Sengpiel and her fiance, Kyle Mills, were planning a tandem jump Saturday when the Cessna 182 they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from Skydive Lost Prairie. Authorities said the skies were sunny and clear during takeoff. Everyone on board the plane was killed.

    The pilot of the plane, 28-year-old Troy Norling, was from Onalaska, Wis. Norling had worked for the skydiving company for about 10 days.

    Federal authorities said it’s too early to tell what caused the crash, but investigator Tom Little said it appears the plane made a 180-degree turn just after takeoff and was only about 500 feet high before it plummeted to earth.

    Sengpiel and Mills were to be married in August.
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    Delmar Williams

    Here are three more articles about this. Her boyfriend, the principal horn in the GF Symphony, was on the plane and died as well.
    Great Falls Tribune

    Racine Journal Times

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    MONDAY, May 14, 2007, 8:26 a.m.
    By Linda Spice

    2nd Wisconsin person dies in Montana crash
    A woman who was one of four skydivers killed during a weekend plane crash in Montana was originally from Wisconsin’s Washington County.

    Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. John Buck confirmed this morning that his department provided death notification to the family of Jennifer Sengpiel, who was killed along with her fiance, Kyle Mills, during Saturday’s accident when the Cessna 182 in which they were riding made an abrupt turn before going down. They were preparing for a tandem jump.

    Washington County sheriff’s officials made notification on Saturday to Sengpiel’s family in the Jackson area on behalf of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department in Montana, which provided information that Sengpiel was killed in a plane crash in which there were no survivors, Buck said.

    Sengpiel and Mills were members of the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra, where she was a principal oboist and her fiance was a principal French horn player. They were also members of a quintet known as the Chinook Winds, according to the Great Falls Tribune in Montana.

    As section leaders in the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Chinook Winds are selected from the nation’s finest musicians, according to the symphony’s Web site.

    The plane’s pilot, Troy Norling, 28, who was also killed, was from Onalaska, Wis. Published reports indicate he had worked at Skydive Lost Prairie for about 10 days.

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