SAN DIEGO'S PREMIER FLUTE ORGANIZATION
Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List . In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.
Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.
Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.
Marianne and Pianist Collette Valentine are generously sponsored by Wm S. Haynes and Flute FX:
Cynthia Ellis is the solo piccolo player for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and also served as Principal Flute for the Opera Pacific Orchestra from 1995 until the company closed in 2009.
She is a member of the Pedagogy Committee for the National Flute Association and served as Program Chair for the NFA's annual convention in Anaheim, CA in 2010. She has taught on the music faculty at the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, Biola College, and CSU Fullerton. She currently teaches applied music at Saddleback College and Hope International University and serves as music director for Laguna Flutes, a 25 member flute ensemble, through the Emeritus program at Irvine Valley College. Piccolo is a specialty for Cindy: she writes the "Let's Talk Picc' column for Flute Talk Magazine and served as an artist in residence at the International Piccolo Symposium in July, 2013, held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Cynthia has recorded for television, motion picture and cartoon soundtracks as well as commercially released chamber music recordings. 'Beyond Beethoven", with the award winning Les Amis Musicalles trio, was released on the Centaur label, and Jeremy Beck’s Flute Sonata is recorded on the CD " Never Final, Never Gone, on the Innova label. This sonata is also dedicated to her.
Cynthia shares her home with Pacific Symphony trumpet player Tony Ellis and their three Labrador retrievers. Cindy enjoys fitness and is an active yoga enthusiast. She volunteers for Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue and also enjoys cooking and reading in her leisure moments. For more, feel free to visit her website.
The Laguna Flutes is a flute ensemble comprised of both amateur and professional musicians representing LA, Orange, and Riverside counties. Part of the Laguna Concert Band, the 25 member group is under the direction of Cynthia Ellis. Laguna Flutes would like to thank the Laguna Concert Band for their support. www.LagunaConcertBand.com