Flutist Geri Rizzo / About


Performing with the Bay Atlantic Symphony for Stockton Oratorio's "Messiah"
Conductor Beverly Vaughn, Stockton University's Director of Music

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 Pappoutsaki 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. 

After a ten year respite from playing Geri resumed playing the flute.  This was no easy task!  One remembers how one USED to sound... and forgets how long it took to get to that point.  However, studying with Gary Schocker for two years was the best thing Geri could have done... She says, "A highly inspirational teacher as well as magnificent artist, I highly recommend Gary Schocker as a teacher!  You must attend one of his highly acclaimed master classes as well!" 

Geri has written an article, "Starting Over", published in Flute Talk Magazine, to be published here soon which addresses the issues and frustrations of beginning anew.

Since then....

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. 


In February 2018 she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Atlantic Pops Community Band.  On the jazz front, she was active in the Jazz Vesper's Programs in Ventnor City and Atlantic City, administratively as well as performing.  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 2002 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".  More information here:  www.FlutesForPeace.org

As a 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. 


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

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

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