Geri Rizzo has performed in the Tri-State Symphony (NY) and Fine Arts Symphony (NY); the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble (NY); the Ocean City Pops, NJ the Bay Atlantic Symphony, NJ and the Atlantic Pops, New Jersey. As a teacher she has taught over twenty years.
In February 2018 she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Atlantic Pops. On the jazz front, she was active in the Jazz Vesper's Programs in Ventnor City and Atlantic City and is still a board member. She has performed in most of the Atlantic City Casinos, from duo to quartet and as a strolling musician.
Originally from the Hudson Valley, New York, Geri relocated to Margate, NJ in 2001 where she began performing in the Atlantic City casinos for special events. In 2003, she started her own entertainment agency, Magic Flute Weddings, performing with South Jersey's finest classical musicians for weddings and special events. In 2016 Geri founded the flute ensemble "Flutes for Peace". Geri has always dreamed of a world devoid of hate and war and the move toward forming an ensemble of the instrument world's most soothing instrument seemed a natural progression.
More information here: www.FlutesForPeace.org
Also a trained singer, Geri has performed in church choirs since she was a child. She has performed in musical theater (Gilbert and Sullivan) as the lead in Iolanthe and in the Mikado at the Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY. In Southern New Jersey, she has performed with The Meistersingers, The Cape Shore Chorale, and various church choirs as well as performing with various jazz ensembles.
Geri Rizzo studied applied flute with a vocal minor at the New England Conservatory of Music Boston Massachusetts on a full scholarship where she studied with James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also studied with Francis Blaisdell, principal flutist with the New York Metropolitan Opera orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music in NY. She began her journey as a flutist at age ten and by fifteen was studying with world class flutist and conductor Claude Monteux. At 17 she toured with the NY State Symphony. Other fine flutists of the Golden Age with whom she studied include Jim Walker and Julius Baker. Gary Schocker was an amazing mentor when jumpstarting her playing after a ten year respite.
Geri 's article, "Starting Over", published in Flute Talk Magazine, (coming soon to these pages) addresses the issues and frustrations of beginning anew.
"It's never to late to start over!" she quips... "life is too short to have regrets!"
Music keeps our minds intact and our body's vibrant! Geri is also a 2021 pageant finalist in New Jersey Senior America . Keeping active and giving back is key to a productive existence!
Claude Monteux was a renowned flutist and conductor and founder of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, in Poughkeepsie NY. His legacy of accomplished and successful flutists give credence to his teachings. His mantra was "Play with Love!"... always in my heart.
The consummate gentleman, "Mr. P" was beloved by all his students at NEC of Music in Boston where he performed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. A sensitive player and loving spirit, he was revered and respected by his many students!
World class concert flutist and composer of a prolific flute repertoire, Gary Schocker exists as an inspiration to the flute world today. As flute professor at NYU, Manhattan, he is also known for his online masterclasses and flute retreats in the Hudson Valley, NY and teaches in his NY and Pa studios. A veritable musical genius, he is
World class concert flutist and composer of a prolific flute repertoire, Gary Schocker exists as an inspiration to the flute world today. As flute professor at NYU, Manhattan, he is also known for his online masterclasses and flute retreats in the Hudson Valley, NY and teaches in his NY and Pa studios. A veritable musical genius, he is also an accomplished pianist and harpist... www.GarySchocker.com.
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