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Woodbridge Flute Choir Concerto to Feature 2014 High School Concerto Scholarship Winner – Rachel Ziebart

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Rachel Ziebart
Rachel Ziebart

Woodbridge, VA – The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its sixth annual Concerto Scholarship Concert on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia.  The performance will feature 2014 competition winner, Rachel Ziebart.  Rachel is a home schooled, 16-year-old junior who lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, and studies flute with Alycia Hugo.   She will receive a scholarship award of $500 to be used toward her music studies, and will perform the virtuosic Grand Polonaise in D by Theobald Boehm with the Flute Choir.

The performance will include various works for flute choir including Remembrances, Volume 1: Debussy and By Kells Waters by Kelly Via, Wordless Songsby Judy Nishimura, Mélange of Neumes by Stephen Lias and Conversazione by Raymond Guiot.
The concert will be held in the beautiful Gregory Theater of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors/active duty military and $10 for students.  Tickets are available at, by phone at 1-888-945-2468, or at the Hylton Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, was founded in 1996 as an outlet and learning experience for volunteer adult flutists.  The WFC has performed in a wide variety of concert series and events in the Washington, D.C., metro area.  It has also performed in renowned venues including the Kennedy Center and the White House, and at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011 and in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.  The group has created three commercial CDs and is finalizing its fourth, and has commissioned a number of world premieres from various composers.  The Woodbridge Flute Choir has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute.
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 25 years and directed the high school flute choirs in Fauquier County, Virginia for 25 years. This summer she was a winner in the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir Competition and performed with that group at their convention in August 2013. She is the principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, president of the board of directors of the Flute Society of Washington and directs the adult handbell choir at Greenwich Presbyterian Church.
Rachel Ziebart lives in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. She is currently a junior in high school and appreciates the academic challenge and empowering environment of being home schooled. She began playing flute in a local elementary school band at age nine. Rachel’s musical honors include 2nd place in the Forest Bland Music Scholarship Competition, 3rd place in the Richmond Flute Festival High School Soloist Competition, 3rd place in the Mid-Atlantic Student Honors Competition (Senior Division), Finalist in the Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and principal positions in both the Portland and Lynchburg Youth Symphony Orchestras. Rachel is also competitive in team policy debate; she and her partner placed 1st in Virginia and 2nd in North Carolina. When she’s not practicing or doing school work, she enjoys running, working as a caregiver, and fine chocolates. Rachel hopes to graduate early and pursue a major in Nursing at Liberty University.  She plans to use this scholarship prize to help pay for her new flute, and continue private lessons with her current teacher, Alycia Hugo.
More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir, its 2013-2014 season, and its commercial CD recording project may be found
The Woodbridge Flute Choir is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prince William County Park Authority.

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