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A Little Lunch Music: Flutist Nancy Vinson with Pianist Laurelie Gheesling

January 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Little Lunch Music is an informal performance presented by Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and musician Patrick McCurry, series coordinator. You can sit and listen to the entire performance, dine in the Museum Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., browse the shop, or explore the galleries.

Flutist Nancy Vinson will perform a free concert with pianist Laurelie Gheesling for A Little Lunch Music on January 28 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Grand Gallery. The program will include 20th- and 21st-century music by Mel Bonis and Yuko Uébayashi as well as a set of traditional Gospel music songs arranged by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton. The concert is being co-sponsored by Bob & Betty Hare and George Kent.

Nancy Vinson is Principal Flutist in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and has played with the orchestra for over twenty five years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Auburn University and a Master of Music from the University of Mississippi. She has taught private flute for over thirty-five years and currently maintains a studio of fifteen students. She has twice been featured as a soloist with the Montgomery Symphony, in 1999 and 2009. Nancy is also Principal Flutist with the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mrs. Vinson’s emphasis and skill in teaching has produced a prize-winning legacy of students. She has placed numerous students in the Alabama All-State Bands and All State Orchestra and has on four occasions taught the premiere high school flutist in Alabama. Eight of her students have been chosen to perform at National Flute Association conventions and four have been state winners in competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association.

A Past President of the Alabama Music Teachers Association and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Flute, she is also an active member of the National Flute Association and the Atlanta Flute Club.

Nancy and her husband Johnnie live in Auburn. Their sons, Lee and Ed, are both professional musicians.

Pianist Laurelie Gheesling joined the Auburn Department of Music in the fall of 2009. Her experience includes a diverse background in vocal arts, opera, choral, instrumental and musical theater. Teaching activities include collaborative piano, applied piano, chamber music and the Alexander Technique. Performance activities include faculty and student solo and chamber recitals.

She previously served as Professional-in-Residence/Accompanying in the School of Music at Louisiana State University. There, she was the musical director and pianist for the LSU Opera Outreach Program. Ms. Gheesling was the accompanist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus from 1993 to 2008. From 1994-2000 she was the Staff Accompanist at University of New Orleans.

Additional activities in New Orleans included Metropolitan Opera Master Classes with Phyllis Curtin, George Shirley, Ruth Falcon and others. She has performed frequently in New Orleans as a recitalist at Loyola and Tulane Universities, and was an orchestra member for Broadway tour shows including The Producers, Hairspray, 42nd Street, and others at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.

In July, 2013 Ms. Gheesling was an accompanist for the Buffet Clarinet Summer Academy, Jacksonville, FL. Other recent performances include a recital with early music specialist, soprano Julianne Baird and the College Music Society Southeast Region Conference with the Auburn Faculty Wind Trio. She presented Alexander Technique and Collaborative Piano sessions at the 2012 Alabama MTNA conference at Jacksonville State University.

Ms. Gheesling is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International and teaches in group and private settings. As an ATI member, she attended and performed at the 7th International AT Congress in Oxford, England. She is also a recipient of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Division James Ronald Brothers Achievement in Accompanying Award.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Ms. Gheesling holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Mercer University in Atlanta and the Master of Music degree in Accompanying from Florida State University. Former teachers include William Knight, Pamela Ross and Carolyn Bridger.

Opera and musical theater credits include work with the Atlanta Repertory Opera, Savoyards Light Opera, The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Vineyards Opera, Asbury Music Theater, The Florida State Opera, South Georgia Opera, Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach, Florida and Tulane Summer Lyric Theater.


January 28, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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