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Flutists invited to perform at 36th annual Texas Flute Festival
Ronda Winter-Eldridge Ronda Winter-Eldridge

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s flute choir has been selected to perform at the 36th annual Texas Flute Festival at the University of North Texas in Denton. The flute choir will perform a cameo concert at the UNT Recital Hall on Saturday, May 18, at 11:15 a.m.

This year, the Killeen ISD combined flute choir has been invited to join the Tarleton group on two numbers: Shenandoah, arranged by Sondra Tucker, and Big Spender by Cy Young. The Tarleton flute choir will also perform My Lagan Love, which was arranged by Tarleton alum Brittany Delavergne. Both the Tarleton flute choir and the Killeen ISD combined flute choir are under the direction of adjunct professor Ronda Winter-Eldridge.

Winter-Eldridge has also been selected to direct the festival’s intermediate flute choir, which will consist of approximately 50 middle school-aged flutists from across Texas. Among the music selected for this ensemble will be two pieces arranged by Tarleton students:  Galway Piper, arranged by sophomore music major and flutist Sarah Mason, and Joplin’s Peacherine Rag, arranged by junior music major and flutist Jessica Curry.

There will be a special flute choir consisting of top university students from around the state to accompany headlining guest artist Thomas Robertello. Tarleton sophomores Caitlin Rose and Mason have been selected to represent Tarleton in this prestigious flute choir, which will perform in UNT’s Voertman Hall at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The three-day festival, scheduled May 17-19, includes recitals, seminars, master classes and special performances and is sponsored by the Texas Flute Society. Tarleton’s flute choir was just one of three in the state of Texas receiving a special invitation to perform at this year’s festival.

Under the direction of Winter-Eldridge, the Tarleton flute choir and chamber flutes will again perform a cameo concert at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at UNT’s Voertman Hall. The musicians will debut Winter-Eldridge’s newest piece for flute choir, Mosquito, which was written to introduce extended techniques to young flutists.

Members of Tarleton’s flute choir include music majors, music minors and non-major flutists, said Winter-Eldridge.

Winter-Eldridge has also been selected to serve as a guest conductor for the Texas State Advanced Flute Choir, which consists of approximately 60 flutists from across Texas who will perform on flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute at the upcoming festival. She has been conducting award-winning flute choirs for more than 20 years and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Silver Sounds Flute Ensemble in Los Angeles, and her flute duo MUSe was invited to perform at the 2006 National Flute Convention in Pittsburgh.

Winter-Eldridge has collaborated with several award-winning musicians, including internationally-acclaimed songwriter Roger Scott Craig and Grammy-nominated folksinger Grace Griffith. She has recorded for Blix Street Records and Tule River Records. Her music is available internationally through more than 60 digital music companies including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

For more information about the Tarleton State University Flute Studio, visit www.tarleton.edu/band.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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Ronda Winter-Eldridge

Ronda Winter-Eldridge