World Flute Society

 

2018 Afternoon Concert Series Performers


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Monica Williams

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Monica found a deep love for the sounds of various world and hybrid flutes that lead her to New Age music. It is a genre with classical, jazz, and world music overtones that is intended to inspire, relax, and create optimism. In addition to C flute, her flute collection includes bamboo, Native American, pan, alto, and bass. Her newest addition is a hybrid flute extension called the “Zi Fi,” which is a fusion flute that crosses a traditional flute with a Chinese dizi.

Monica co-founded the ensemble Phoenix Rising and is a freelance flutist for various groups and recording projects in the area. She currently has four CDs including Whispers, Ascension, Mystic Places  all by Phoenix Rising, as well as Silences Between by Monica Williams. Phoenix Rising can be heard on radio stations including Soundscapes by Music Choice and Spa Channel by SiriusXM.

The music ensemble Phoenix Rising has been nominated in the best Classical, New Age, and Jazz categories by the Hollywood Music and Media Awards, the Los Angeles Music Awards, and the Independent Music Awards. Additionally, Monica has won and been recognized by several national solo competitions with organizations such as Civic Union League of Chicago, Chicago Flute Club, Rochester Flute Club, and the National Flute Association. She is a member of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, ASCAP, and the National Flute Association (NFA). In addition, Monica is a founding teacher for the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program, where she is a center representative.

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Jonny Lipford

In a career that spans fifteen solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Jonny Lipford has made his mark as one of the most versatile musicians of ancient wooden flutes in the United States. Since the beginning of his musical journey with Native American-style flutes in 2002, Jonny has always been an enthusiastic trailblazer, carving a new path, bridging cultures, and merging unexpected genres together. As an instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, author, instructor, and consistently memorable performer, Jonny Lipford is a true inspiration. He conducts himself in a way that makes others feel acknowledged, understood, and motivated.

Jonny’s solo work has garnered him several accolades, which include receiving an Indian Summer Music Award in 2012 and 2013. He has been the recipient of five Silver Arrow Awards and one Humanity 4 Water award for his contributions to the Native American music industry. He has also been nominated by the Native American Music Awards five times for his various works over the past decade.

Lipford has taught hundreds to play the Native-style flute over the course of the years. His passion for connecting and instructing students in a meaningful and charismatic way has led him to be one of the most sought-after instructors of the Native-style flute.

In his newest musical pursuit, Jonny is still exploring and expanding the boundaries of the Native American-style flute, plunging headlong into a more vibrant jazz and pop crossover scene with this ancient instrument. As he progresses and matures, audiences have noticed an awakening happening with both his music and his sentiments. Jonny’s performances are a fusion of music and message where he utilizes the capacity of music to empower and inspire a diverse crowd.

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Timothy J.P. Gomez

Timothy J.P. Gomez is an award-winning composer and performer who fuses world music using the Native American-style flute with concepts of musical romanticism, to create an intense, expressive style that resonates deep within the human spirit. His technical skills bring a gracefulness and clarity to his compositions that set him apart as one of the great up-and-coming artists in the industry. Timothy released his debut album, The Awakening, in 2014, and he is currently working on his follow-up album, while he continues his passion of performing at various festivals, events, and concerts throughout the country.

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Victoria Shoemaker

Victoria Shoemaker received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from The VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Illinois), where she studied classical flute and piccolo performance with Kaye Clements and Mary Christine-Stingley. Her other flute instructors include Laurie Lau and Dr. Tim Lane, Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Victoria also studied bamboo flute performance/flute making with Billy Miller of WindWood Flutes. Presently, she is studying antique and contemporary world flutes and improvisation with Grammy-nominated flutist, Peter Phippen. Since the release of her debut album, The Witching Hour in 2016, Victoria has continued to perform regularly.

Victoria will be performing with Nick Poss.

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Nick Poss

Nick Poss grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he took full advantage of the city's vibrant music scene. His undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire focused on music theory. He later went on to receive both a Master’s degree and a Doctorate degree in ethnomusicology from The Ohio State University. After teaching in Ohio, Nick returned with his family to Wisconsin to become a director of music and liturgy in a church setting. After becoming the proprietor of the Eau Claire Music School, Nick has continued to be actively involved in Eau Claire's music scene, and hr performs in numerous ensembles on a regular basis.

Nick will be performing with Victoria Shoemaker.

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Joanne Lazzaro

Joanne Lazzaro is a classically trained flutist who “accidentally released a New Age solo Native American flute album.” Under The Stars went on to win multiple awards, both in the United States and globally, establishing her as an independent world flutes recording artist. Joanne began taking classical flute lessons at the age of 10 as part of a school band program. “It was the only instrument I really wanted to play - I never considered anything else.” Her love of the flute extended to every exotic flute-like instrument that she could find. Soon, she developed a collection of bamboo, ceramic, and wooden flutes that friends and relatives found on their travels. Her first Native American flute found her in a gift shop in Boulder Colorado, where she had stopped on a cross-country camping trip.

Joanne currently maintains an active teaching, performing, and recording schedule that straddles the fields of classical orchestral concerts, world flute teaching and performing, an independent recording artist, and a Los Angeles session musician. She is the founder and host of the Los Angeles World Flute Circle, an active member of the Los Angeles chapter of NARAS (the GRAMMYs™), and a popular workshop clinician with both the National Flute Association and the World Flute Society.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Her solo music, as well as releases with the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, are available at CDBaby, AppleMusic, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and most major distributors.


On Native American-style flute, Joann Lazzaro will perform Katherine Hoover's three-movement composition, Canyon Shadows. Performing with her will be Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl on silver flute and a TBD percussionist.