Nationally-Recognized Woodbridge Flute Choir Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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Debbie Gilbert, Artistic Director, Woodbridge Flute Choir

Debbie Gilbert, Artistic Director, Woodbridge Flute Choir

The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a Gala Concert on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:00 p. m. at Greenwich Presbyterian Church, 15305 Vint Hill Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181.  Admission is free.
In honor of the occasion, the flute choir has commissioned composer Melvin Lauf, Jr. to write a fanfare called “Beyond Tomorrow,” which will be premiered by the flute choir at this concert. The concert will also feature a solo performance by Debbie Gilbert, the artistic director, who will perform selected movements of “Suite Antique” by John Rutter arranged for solo flute and flute choir by Robert Rainford. In addition, the flute choir will perform the world premiere of a new work for solo flute and flute choir by Francis Kayali which will be performed by Rebecca Jeffreys, the founding director of the choir.  The group will also perform “Woodbridge Suite” by Gretchen Morse, one of the first pieces written for the flute choir. Past directors Sarah Andrew Wilson and Katrina Smith and past members of the choir have been invited to perform in the concert.
Rebecca Jeffreys, Founding Director, Woodbridge Flute Choir

Rebecca Jeffreys, Founding Director, 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 most recently was invited to perform at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 National Flute Association Conventions. 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 woodbridgeflutechoir.org.
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