Woodbridge, VA (October 26, 2021) The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present a Holiday Concert and Benefit for Farthest Corners on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00PM at Greenwich Presbyterian Church, 15305 Vint Hill Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181.
Twenty-one members of The Woodbridge Flute Choir will perform songs of the season on piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute and will be joined by harpist Cambria Van der Vaarst and percussionist Colson Meeks.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the flute choir, composer Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda was commissioned to write a new piece for flute choir and harp. This new piece, Refiner’s Fire, will have its World Premiere at this concert.
The concert will feature Helen Freeman, the winner of the WFC’s 13th annual High School Concerto Scholarship Competition. Helen is a rising senior at West Springfield High School and studies flute with Aaron Goldman. She received a scholarship award of $500 to be used toward her music studies and will perform Gabriel Faure’s Fantasie with the flute choir.
Other pieces that will be performed on the concert are Autumn Vespers and Ukrainian Bell Carol by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Charmingly Perfect Child and Silver Winds in the Night by Jackson Berkey, Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, arranged by Todd Hayen, God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, arranged by Michael T. Turner, Good Christian Men Rejoice arranged by Steven Tung, and Wexford Carol, arranged by Ann Cameron Pearce
COVID protocols: All performers have been fully vaccinated but will not be masked while performing. To protect the players and patrons, audience members are asked to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status and to socially distance themselves.
About the Woodbridge Flute Choir:
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute. Since its inception in 1996, the WFC has presented a regular concert series in Northern Virginia and has performed at charitable and gala events, Flute Society of Washington events, and flute choir festivals. The Choir has performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House, and was invited to perform at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 National Flute Association Conventions. In April 2018 the Choir performed at the first International Low Flutes Festival. As part of its mission to educate its members and the Washington area flute community, the Choir has sponsored masterclasses and performed with internationally acclaimed flutists such as Per Oien, John Barcellona, Tadeu Coelho, Chris Potter, Alexa Still, Thomas Robertello, Aaron Goldman, and piccolo soloist Nan Raphael. In recognition of the need for new music written specifically for flute choir, the WFC has commissioned and presented world premieres of original works by Gretchen Morse, Nancy Wood, Lee Larsen, Mel Lauf, Jonathan Cohen, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Russell Nadel, and Greg Lutz. The group has produced four commercial CDs – Butterfly, Woodbridge Suite, Passages and A Silver Christmas. All are available for download either on CD Baby, iTunes, or through amazon.com. For more information about the choir, its upcoming concerts and its recordings, please visit www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org.
Debbie Gilbert, the artistic director, resides in Broad Run, Virginia near Warrenton and holds a B.M.E. from Louisiana State University. She has taught private flute lessons to youth and adults for over 30 years. She is the principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and a twelve-time winner in the National Flute Association’s annual Professional Flute Choir Competition. She is a past president of the board of directors of the Flute Society of Washington.
For more information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir go to woodbridgeflutechoir.org
This concert is generously sponsored by Heritage Financial Wealth Management. The Woodbridge Flute Choir is also supported in part by funding from NOVEC and Prince William County.