2022 Festival Director
Mariana Gariazzo is an Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University and a Teaching Associate in Flute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gariazzo holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Music from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina. She has been a recipient of several awards and distinctions in solo and chamber music categories including Fundacion Antorchas, Juventudes Musicales, UNC Orchestra competition, and the Robert Wilson Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance at Yale. In addition, she has been awarded multiple grants for professional advancement such as the Innovative Pedagogy Grant, the Arts Enhancement Grant, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center Co-Sponsorship Grant, and the Advance Climate Together Grant at Texas A&M University.
Gariazzo serves as President for the Chicago Flute Club and is a member of the National Flute Association Low Flutes Committee and Flutist Quarterly Editorial Board. As an advocate for low flutes, she actively collaborates with composers in commissioning, recording and performing new music for C, alto and bass flutes. Her debut CD, Revelations, will be released by MSR Classic Records in 2021.
Dr. Chris Potter
Festival Consultant - 2018 Festival Director
Dr. Christine Potter has performed in London, Paris, Mexico City, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other U.S. cities. Chris has performed at many conventions of the National Flute Association (NFA) as well as British Flute Society conventions. She was the first of Chair of the NFA’s Low Flutes Committee and started the NFA’s Alto Flute Competition in 2019. Chris has commissioned and premiered many works for alto and bass and her CD Flute Menagerie features solo works for alto and bass.
Chris organized the first International Low Flutes Festival in 2018 near Washington D.C. that was attended by people from around the world. She has organized Alto and Bass Flute Retreats annually in the U.S. since 2004 with multiple Retreats each year around the US or online. Beginning in 2013, she organized and conducted a low flutes choir at the Galway Festival in Switzerland.
Chris has many published books through Falls House Press/Presser (U.S.) and British publisher Kevin Mayhew. Her Stellar Solos, Winter Duets, Alto Flute Method, Bass Flute Method and Christmas Duets are available through Amazon world-wide. Her website is chrispotterflute.com.
Robin Pope holds an MBA from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business with a concentration in marketing, and was awarded the 2020 Full Time MBA Award. She has been involved in music from a young age and sang in choirs through high school and collage, performing in Italy, LA, and at Mackey Auditorium and Boettcher Concert Hall. She currently works at Boulder Public Library and is an avid reader. She posts about books and more on her website readingbuffs.wordpress.com and her instagram @robin.c.pope.
Assistant Program Chair
Kathryn Scarbrough is Adjunct Lecturer of Flute and a member of the Geneseo Woodwind Quintet at the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo and Artist Faculty for the InterHarmony International School of Music & Summer Festival. She spends her summers as Guest Faculty for The Artistic Flutist: Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass at The Eastman School of Music and Faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music at Cairn University in Philadelphia. Scarbrough holds a Master of Music from Arizona State University Herberger School of Music and a Bachelor of Science from Towson University.
As a soloist and collaborator premiering new works for the flute canon on C flute, alto flute, and piccolo, Scarbrough performs with the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and has accepted invitations to perform at numerous National Flute Association, Annual Conventions as well as the Rochester Flute Association Flute Fair (NY), Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference, and the International Low Flute Festival, as well as on numerous broadcasts on Live from Hochstein (NPR Rochester, NY) and the Eastman School's Women in Music Festival. She has also served on the Board of the Rochester Flute Association. Scarbrough often collaborates with husband/composer, Russell, on new compositions for flute published through Falls House Press, Presser, and Tetractys Publishing.