Flutist Geri Rizzo / Bio

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Performing with the Bay Atlantic Symphony for Stockton Oratorio's "Messiah"
Conductor Beverly Vaughn, Stockton Univeersity's Director of Music
The Messiah is performed every two years at the Borgata Hotel and Casino
The next performance is scheduled for December

Geri Rizzo is a free lance  artist and private flute instructor in Atlantic County, NJ.  She is a conservatory trained flutist who can perform any genre by ear as well as reading. 

Geri presently performs in New Jersey as a free lancer and is frequently on call for corporate and special events, private parties, weddings and orchestral work.  She performs classical, jazz and popular music with various ensembles and has enjoyed a varied and fun career. 

Julius Baker proclaimed her a "natural".   Claude Monteux called her "gifted".  She 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.  Geri performs with a guitarist, string players or a harpist for weddings and special events.  See her full resume here.  Contact her at 609-665-1731 or:  GeriRizzo@gmail.com

In February 2018 she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Atlantic Pops Community Band.  On the jazz front, she has performed in most of the Atlantic City Casinos, from duo to quartet and as a strolling musician.

Her cds, "Just Flutin'", "Wedding Songs", and  "Heartsong" are available
here.

As a singer, Geri has performed in church choirs since she was a child.  She was the MC and house singer at the Catskill Resort "The Nevele" where she opened for such famous acts as Julius La Rosa.   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.  She also sings as  soloist for wedding ceremonies, funerals and events in the Southern NJ area. 

MENTORS:
World Class Flutists Claude Monteux; Jim Walker; James Pappoutsakis; Francis Blaisdell; Julius Baker
Gary Shocker

EDUCATION:
The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. on Full Scholarship ; Manhattan School of Music;  SUNY New Paltz; Composition & Songwriting with Dr. Gundaris Pone-Jazz studies with Jazz Flutist Ron Fink & Jazz Guitarist Mark Dziuba

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
BMI Songwriter Publishers; The National Flute Association; The American Federation of Musicians Local 661-708 Atlantic City, The Cameo Club

ACTING:
Geri has performed in featured roles on "Law and Order, SVU",  "Sex and the City" and the documentary, "Seconds to Disaster" aired on PBS as well as several indie projects and commercial voice-overs

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