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Teri is a highly accomplished flutist, expressive performer and winner of 1994 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. A recipient of the first prize at the prestigious Arts Recognition and Talent Search Competition in Miami, Florida, Teri was subsequently named Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts. She was honored by President Clinton for her playing in a ceremony held at the White House following her performance at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts invited Teri to return to Washington D.C. to perform in concert as honored guest. Teri is a captivating performer in solo, chamber and orchestral works and is equally known for her strong passion as an educator. Teri founded Duo de Vista with guitarist, Marina Alexandra and concertizes as a charismatic duo throughout the U.S.
Teri studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Joshua Smith from 1994-1999 and during this time spent two summers at the Blossom Music Festival. She received the Maurice Sharp Flute Award at the Blossom Music Festival in 1996. In Cleveland, she founded the Juniper Wind Quintet and won prizes at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. At the young age of nineteen, Teri was named second flutist and piccoloist for the American Sinfonietta and played with the orchestra for six years, including a European tour in 2001. In 1999, Teri was named principal flutist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and toured as soloist with the orchestra in 2000. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. She has played under the direction of Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Lane, Alan Gilbert, Michael Morgan, and Michael Palmer.
Forscher-Milter has had an extensive teaching and coaching career dating back over twenty years including faculty positions at University of South Carolina- Aiken, Newberry College, Maranatha College, Presbyterian College, and numerous other institutions and summer festivals in the US. Teri was Vice President of the South Carolina Flute Society and is an active member of the National Flute Association. Teri is also an active advocate in education for young musicians in the area of injury prevention in professional musicians. In 2002, Teri was diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological condition affecting two fingers on her left hand. As this condition changed the course of her musical journey, Teri finds importance in sharing this story with others and particularly the triumph of her return to playing with her modified flute. She continues to play with eight functioning fingers.
flute, alto flute, bass flute, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Irish flute, saxophones, composer, arranger
Dr. Robert Foster integrates a wide range of interests and experiences into the music he performs and composes. A versatile woodwind performer, he honed his musical skills in Detroit, where he was immersed in the varied sounds that city is known for — jazz, blues, Motown, funk, rock, and classical music. He furthered his studies and professional experience in Los Angeles and Colorado, where he obtained his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado and played lead alto sax in the Downbeat award winning Lab Band I.
His recent explorations into the world of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) have influenced his musical endeavors to encompass inclusive global/spiritual perspectives.
As a Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University), Dr. Foster directs the jazz ensembles, teaches courses in improvisation, theory, jazz history, and World Humanities. He also teaches and coordinates applied instruction on woodwinds.
In addition to extensive experience in chamber music and orchestral settings, Dr. Foster has performed with jazz artists such as Ralph Alessi, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Dease, Dizzy Gillespie, Wycliffe Gordon, Lalo, Art Lande, James Newton, Terrell Stafford, Clark Terry, and Rodney Whitaker, as well as with popular artists such as Joey Bishop, Albert Collins, Charlie Daniels, John Denver, The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle, The Ink Spots, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Bob Newhart, Olivia Newton-John, Mitch Ryder, The Temptations, The Platters, etc.
He currently performs with several musical groups, including UTAKÉ, Rob Foster & Pulsar, Foster-Jones Duo, Rob Foster Jazz Quartet, ABBA (Augusta Big Band Aggregate), Columbia County Orchestra, Ed Turner and Number 9, Mood Indigo, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
Education: University of Northern Colorado – Doctor of Arts (Music Theory & Composition); Wayne State University – Master of Music (Flute Performance); Oakland University – Bachelor of Music (Jazz Woodwinds).
Lorraine is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Program. She is the flute instructor at AASU and conducts the Coastal Flute Choir. She is currently the principal flutist with the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Augusta Opera, and the Augusta Choral Society. Lorraine performs with the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Jacksonville, Alabama, Charleston, Augusta, Greenville and Toledo Symphonies; as well as The Atlanta Pops, Piccolo Spoleto, and the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.
Lorraine was a member of the former Savannah Symphony Orchestra, playing flute and piccolo since 1983. Prior to joining the Savannah Symphony, Lorraine was a member of the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, and toured extensively throughout Mexico, Europe, Japan, and the United States. She also performed with the Camerata Pan America Woodwind Quintet and was principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfonico de Mineria for many summer seasons.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, she is a graduate of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Her primary teachers have been Judith Bentley and William Hebert.
Angela Massey holds the position of third flute and piccolo with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Augusta Choral Society, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. As a soloist she has performed on the Chase Series, Covenant Series, Midday Music Series, Tuesday’s Music Live, the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, and at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. In regards to chamber music, she is a member of the Continuo Collective of the South, Duo Astralis, and the Massey Duo. She maintains an active teaching studio and has served as flute instructor at Presbyterian College. Her debut album, The Elements, was released in 2014 with pianist, Vahan Sargsyan, which is available through cdbaby.com.
Angela was awarded prizes in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition, Frank Bowen Competition, Myrna Brown Competition, and elected president of the South Carolina Flute Society. She received a Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her instructors have been Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Brad Garner, Martha Kitterman, and Jack Wellbaum. Angela is currently based in New York City with her husband, clarinetist Taylor Massey.
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Caroline is Principal Flute with the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty at South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. She has frequently been featured soloist with the GSO and other ensembles, performing works of Bach, Mozart, Chaminade, Gluck, Godard, and most recently, Lukas Foss.
Caroline is active in chamber music, both in solo recitals and part of the GSO Spotlight Series. She has held positions with the Springfield (IL) Symphony, Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Augusta Opera, and has played in the orchestras of Broadway Touring shows at the Peace Center.
Caroline earned Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. Her primary teachers were Charles DeLaney, Alexander Murray, and Felix Skowronek. She has also worked with William Bennett, Carl Hall, Paula Robison, Stephen Preston, and Kyril Magg.