Harp & Flute Duo

 

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About Elaine Christy
Harpist

     Elaine Christy is winner of the American Harp Society National Harp Competition and has twice won the Ruth Lorraine Close Competition Award for advanced study. A Steinway Hall Soloist, Ms. Christy was invited to perform at the World Harp Congress in Seattle/Tacoma, 1999 and Geneva, Switzerland, 2002. She appeared with the Princeton University Chapel Choir in the 250th Anniversary Documentary film entitled Princeton: Images of a University, produced by Gerardo Puglia. Of her solo performance in York, England, Musician Magazine said, ''American harpist Elaine Christy.....enthralled the delegates.'' Her Holiday Concerts in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey were met with standing ovations.

     Ms. Christy is a founding member of the Venus Trio, winner of the 1992 Artists' International Competition in New York City. The Trio has performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Riverside, St. Bartholomew, and Trinity Church concert series and the MedArt International 1992 World Congress, all in New York City. They have toured throughout the United States and premiered works by Justin Davidson and Larry Axelrod.

     Currently on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, Ms. Christy has also served as a national competition judge during the past eight years. She received the Burton E. Adams Research Prize for scholarly research on the chromatic harp and its technique, and the 1998 Distinguished Career Award from William Penn College. Her publications have appeared in the American Harp Journal and the World Harp Congress Review, and her music editions for solo harp have been published by Lyon and Healy.

     Elaine Christy holds a doctorate degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and has been Professor of Harp at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. She is currently a Harp Instructor at Princeton University.

 

Patricia Davila
Flutist

     Patricia Davila, flutist, has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a three time winner of Artists International in New York City and gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Cami Hall. She has performed as soloist for the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and won first prize in the North Jersey Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Ms. Davila is a Miyazawa Flute Artist, (www.miyazawa.com), is listed as a Famous Flautist on the website www.mostlywind.co.uk/famflaut.html and currently is a Twinz Records Recording Artist.

     Ms. Davila is a founding member of UpTown Flutes, an innovative flute ensemble in residence at Drew University, Madison, NJ. Their sold out performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2002 received a rave review from the New York Concert Review and they were invited to perform at the 2003 National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. UpTown Flutes debut CD is entitled ''A Flute Renaissance''.

     Ms. Davila had the distinct honor of being the flute soloist for the Papal Visit to Giants Stadium in 1995. Principal flutist with the North Jersey Philharmonic, she is also the co-director of the New Jersey Flute Society. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion, has appeared in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger, Robert Stallman, Trevor Wye and has coached with Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff and Bart Feller. Ms. Davila is on the faculty of the Rockland Conservatory of Music.

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