CIFA Celtic Concert
March 14, 7pm, Columbia Baptist Church Chapel
Join us for a wonderful evening of Celtic music performed by First Light Ensemble, featuring CIFA instructors, Sharyn Byer (flute) and Alexandra Baldwin (flute & harp), with flutist , Claire Smith. Scott Schwertfeger, CIFA instructor of classical guitar, will join First Light for this special event. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will benefit the CIFA Scholarship fund. A reception will follow.
Meet the performers:
Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda Baldwin has over twenty years of professional teaching experience. She is a graduate of George Mason University, with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. She has studied flute with Wendell Dobbs, Judith Beverley Rajnes, Judith Lapple and Jeanne Chalifeaux. Ms. Baldwin presently performs with the Columbia Flute Choir and the First Light ensemble, also serving as their composer and arranger, and is an instructor of flute and harp at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts. In addition, Alexandra performs with the Safari Wind Quintet, and has performed with the St. Gregory Chamber Ensemble as principal flutist, the Serapis Wind Ensemble and the Capitol Windy Symphony.
Sharyn Byer graduated from the School of Music of the University of Miami where she soloed with the Wind Ensemble under Frederick Fennell. She is Principal Flutist of Capitol City Symphony in Washington, DC. Ms. Byer is the Administrator of the Young Soloists' Competition of the National Symphony Orchestra, and is a performing member of The Friday Morning Music Club. She plays with the chamber music trio Trillium (http://trilliumtrio.com), the flute and guitar duo Dominion Duo, and First Light. She founded and directs the Columbia Flute Choir,(www.flute.net/cfc),which has been delighting Washington audiences since 1994, and performing throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Sharyn was Principal Flutist of The McLean Symphony for more than twenty years, directed the instrumental music program at The Langley School in McLean, VA., and has been an ensemble coach for the American Youth Philharmonic. Ms. Byer currently teaches flute at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts. She has also served two terms as president of the Flute Society of Washington, Inc.
Claire Smith attended Florida State University on a music scholarship and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2011. She currently teaches private flute lessons to students in the Vienna and Falls Church areas. Ms. Smith is a band paraprofessional for Falls Church City Public Schools and is on the marching band staff at Madison High School. She is also a member of the Columbia Flute Choir and First Light Ensemble, and has performed with the Capital City Symphony. She was previously a middle and high school band director in Florida.
Scott Schwertfeger received his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance/History at West Liberty State College, having studied with Dr. Nels Leonard. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Akron, studying under Stephen Aron. In 2010, Scott released a CD, entitled "Scott Schwertfeger," which includes many of his own compositions for classical guitar. In addition, Scott is an instructor of classical guitar at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts. He is an active performing artist, heard on numerous recordings, and on national radio and television broadcasts.
Classical Guitar Ensemble Recital
Saturday, March 22, 7pm, Columbia Baptist Church Chapel
Join us for an exciting evening of classical guitar music, featuring three original pieces by guitarist, Duncan Trudean. The ensemble, composed of advanced students, will enchant you with their playing of these beautiful instruments. Don't miss this free concert!