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Jocelyn Goranson

Jocelyn Goranson is the conductor and soloist with Cumberland Flutes and Friends.

The Carlisle Musical Arts Club, a group that sponsors recitals and concerts featuring area musicians, opens its season with a concert by Cumberland Flutes and Friends.

Cumberland Flutes, founded about two years ago, features 15 players who come together to share their mutual love of the flute. The group is conducted by Jocelyn Goranson, flute instructor at Messiah College.

For this performance, Cumberland Flutes will be joined by other area flutists, including local music teachers and students. The concert is free of charge and will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 21 S. Bedford St., Carlisle.

Cumberland Flutes is a flute choir founded by a group of musicians who are active in local community bands and orchestras, such as the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, Carlisle Town Band and West Shore Symphony Orchestra. Since forming, the group has played in local churches, retirement communities and at civic clubs.

Cumberland Flutes is organized by flutist Dr. Vicki Mack, who lives in Mechanicsburg. Mack is a member of the New York Flute Club and has performed with Flutes USA at the Alba, Italy Music Festival for the past four years. She performs regularly at the Carlisle Musical Arts Club and in several community bands.

If you go, expect a varied repertoire ranging from classical to pops. Some of the selections will be adaptations, but others will be specifically written for flute choir. Other highlights will be an appearance of the flute quartet Two Flutes Squared, and a spotlight on some on the low flutes of the Cumberland Flutes choir including the alto, bass and contrabass.

Aside from conducting Cumberland Flutes, Goranson will also be featured in a solo work with flute choir and percussion accompaniment. Goranson is a sought-after soloist, orchestral flutist and chamber musician. She has performed in nine countries, as well as at prestigious venues throughout the United States, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Apollo Theater. Goranson has been awarded titles in many competitions including the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Frank Bowen Competition, Myrna Brown Competition, Byron Hester Competition and others.

Flute choirs first started to gain popularity in the 1960s at college campuses. Initially, very little music was available for these groups but in recent years, modern composers have begun to write more for the flute choir. What makes them so unusual is that they explore the full range of the flute family from the very small piccolo to the much larger contra-bass flute.

The Carlisle Musical Arts Club is in its 94th season. The club was founded by musicians and music lovers for the purpose of bringing high quality music to the local community. Active members perform solos and in small ensembles at monthly recital meetings held at the YWCA in Carlisle on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. from October through May of each year. The club also sponsors two, four-year college scholarships each spring to local area high school seniors who major in music.

To learn more, visit carlislemusicalartsclub.com.

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