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Pennsylvania Flutists Gala Concert

Agatha Wang, flute; Kathy Gattuso Cinatl, piano

  • Jeux, Sonatine for flute and piano ♦ Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

           Animé

           Tendre

Eleanor Duncan Armstrong, alto flute

  • Incantation “pour que l’image devienne symbole pour flûte seule en sol” ♦ André Jolivet (1905-1974)

Carolyn Gardner flute; Steve Baird, piano

  • Adagio (from Concierto Pastoral) ♦ Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)

Judy Moore, flute; Asa Carns, piano

  • Andante con moto (from Sonata No. 2 for flute and piano) ♦ Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)

Brenna Bixler, piccolo

  • Studies on East Asian Pipes (for solo piccolo) ♦ David Loeb (b.1939)

           Kloy (Cambodia)

           Hsaio-Di (China)

Cathy Herrera, flute

  • So Calls the Bird (for solo flute) ♦ Cathy Herrera (b.)

Patty Lambert, flute;  Holly Foy, guitar

  • Air:  Árainn Mhór
  • Jigs: The Green Fields of Woodford and The Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • Reel: The Silver Spear

Jui-Chih Agatha Wang has been a resident artist in State College, PA since the fall of 2001 where she teaches flute and piano, performs regularly as a soloist and in chamber music concerts, and accompanies students and faculty of the Penn State School of Music. A native of Taiwan, her formal training includes the Republic of China's special musical education program for gifted students (grades 3-12), a bachelor's degree from Fu-Jen Catholic University, and a master's degree in flute performance from New York University, where she studied with Keith Underwood. She has performed with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, the Nan-Yeen Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra. She taught flute extensively in Taiwan, and now teaches general music at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA and has a private flute studio in State College. Ms. Wang's recent appearances include performance's at the Florida Electric Acoustic Music Festival and the International Flute Conference.


Eleanor Duncan Armstrong, Professor Emerita, joined the Penn State School of Music faculty in 1983, retiring in 2012 after a forty-year career in university teaching.  Devoted to chamber music performance, she toured and recorded extensively with the Armstrong Flute & Percussion Duo and the Pennsylvania Quintet. An enthusiastic orchestral flutist, Dr. Armstrong previously performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Breckenridge (CO) Music Institute, and the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra. Currently, she performs with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra with which she has been featured as soloist in several previous seasons. Dr. Armstrong holds graduate performance degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan, and earned her undergraduate degree in flute performance at Oklahoma City University. Compact disc recordings include Exotic Chamber Music, Creative Mix, American Wind Music, 20th-Century Wind Chamber Music, and Recent American Works for Winds.


Carolyn Gardner received a bachelor’s degree in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from Eastman in music education. She held a faculty position at the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division where she taught lessons, gave master classes, and gave frequent faculty recitals in Kilbourn Hall. She also served as a board member of the Rochester Flute Association (RFA), specializing in community outreach projects. Working through the RFA and Hochstein School of Music, Pittsford Community, and the Kanack School of Music, she was able to give Rochester youth flute students opportunities in flute choir, lessons, and ensembles. She has taught instrumental music and music theory at the high school level in Rochester, NY and elementary band in Geneva, NY. Since moving to State College, PA, she has taught middle school level general music and elementary level instrumental music in the State College Area School District. She enjoys giving recitals and has a passion for composition and contemporary music. She was a 2013 winner of the Greater Cleveland Composer’s Competition for her work, A Morning Song, which featured solo flute and interpretive dance. She also performs chamber music and freelance gigs in Cleveland, Ohio.


Judy W. Moore received her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Maryland. She holds a master's degree in flute performance and a bachelor's degree in music education from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2003, Moore retired from 26 years of public school teaching in Prince George’s County, MD. A move to State College in 2005 created Flute Choir cravings for this retiree. Thus, Toot-in-Common, a flute choir, came into existence. The group performs locally. Moore has recently accepted invitations to be part of two prestigious ensembles on contrabass flute. At the National Flute Association convention this August, Moore appeared with Uptown Flutes and the Penn State Flute Choir. Uptown Flutes, a seven-member professional flute ensemble, performed two works by flutist-composer Valerie Coleman at the convention, one of those a premiere.


Brenna Bixler is an alumna of the Penn State flute studio. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Brenna is the director of middle school bands and the 6th-grade general music teacher in the Bellefonte Area School District. In addition to concert band, Brenna teaches marching band, jazz band, flute choir, and percussion ensemble at the middle school level. She is a member of the Bellefonte Community Band and an active musician in the Filmore Church choir.


Cathy Collinge Herrera  enjoys an international career as a concert artist, orchestral performer, and flute professor. She has performed extensively throughout Central and South America, Australia, England, and North America, and is currently on the faculty of the Central Pennsylvania Arts Conservatory and Juanita College in Huntington, PA. Cathy is also a rostered artist for the Pennsylvania Arts Council. She previously served on the faculties of Valparaiso University, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium, the Conservatorio Nacional de Peru, University of Northern Iowa, and Luther College. As a founder of Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in 1986, she has been responsible for the development of flute festivals in South America. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, Dr. Herrera held the position of principal flute in the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and researched indigenous music during her two-year tenure. She has premiered works for solo flute, chamber ensembles, and concertos in addition to publishing her own compositions and arrangements. Cathy has also had articles published by Flute Forum magazine and is a contributor to the new Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Holding degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a D.M. and World Music Certificate from Florida State University, Dr. Herrera’s principal teachers include Jerrold Pritchard, Robert Cole and Charles DeLaney.


Patty Lambert plays the Irish wooden flute, and is fortunate to have been a student of Mike Rafferty for several years before his passing. She is a founding member of the traditional Celtic band, Callanish (www.callanishband.com), playing flute, whistle, and concertina. She began her flute studies at the University of New Hampshire, and later continued with Bernard Goldberg in Pittsburgh. It was at a Chris Norman workshop in Pittsburgh that she first heard the Irish flute and, since then, it has been the main focus of her music. Besides teaching at her home, she leads an open Irish session twice a month where players can come and enjoy playing or listening to this very social form of music in an informal setting.