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Hudson Valley Flute Ensemble

The Hudson Valley Flute Ensemble is a group of flutists who reside and perform in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.  Our members represent flute sections from the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the New York Wind Symphony, the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra.

Marcia Gates

. . .  principal flutist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, studied music at Eastman and Ithaca College.  A member of the Pone Ensemble for New Music and the Hudson Valley BachFest, she is recorded on Soundspells and Parnassus labels, as well as a CD of music for flute and harp entitled "Angel's Serenade".  Marcia was selected by the renowned flutist Julius Baker as a soloist and first prize winner in his master classes.

Connie Kessel

. . . earned a BM in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a MM in Flute Performance from Western Michigan University.  She is principal flutist of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, is an active freelance flutist and a private flute teacher.  Her teachers include Claire Durand-Racamato, Cleon Chapen, Charles Osborne, James R. Smith & Richard J. Suddendorf.  Connie also enjoys writing arrangements for the HVFE and serving as a conductor of the Rhinebeck Legion Band. 


Lynn Peck

. . .  a graduate of West Chester University with a BS in Music Education, and of Ithaca College with a MS in Music Education.  She studied with Emily Swartley, Georgetta Maiolo, John Solum, and Gary Schocker.  Lynn retired from teaching elementary music in Ellenville, NY after a 34 year career.  In addition to maintaining a private flute studio in her home, Lynn is a member of the Rhinebeck Legion Band and Ars Choralis. 

Christina Schoonmaker

...  a graduate of SUNY Fredonia (BM) and Ithaca College (MM).  Her teachers include Marlene Witnauer, Susan Royal and Wendy Mehne, as well as master classes with Gary Schocker, Leone Buyse and Jill Felber.  In addition to teaching public school music full time, Christina is also an active performer playing piccolo in The New York Wind Symphony and she substitutes on flute and piccolo with various Hudson Valley orchestras.

Marisa Tigue Trees

. . . received a BM in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and a MS in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University.  Her teachers include John Wion, Patricia Spencer, Keith Underwood and Gary Schocker.  A retired music educator, Marisa maintains a private flute studio, freelances, and is principal flutist of the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra.

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