Mar 4, 2016

FVCC Spring Concert Series Continues March 18 with Faculty Performances

Flathead Valley Community College will continue its Spring Concert Series March 18, featuring performances by music faculty Micah Hunter, Amy B. Chisholm, Nicole S. Sanford and Wai Mizutani and guest musicians Suzanne Wambeke, Alma Ramlow and Rachel Hunter. Free and open to the public, the concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the large community room inside the Arts and Technology Building on campus.

The group will perform selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” including “Prologue” by Mizutani, “If I Were a Rich Man” by Micah Hunter, “Far from the Home I Love” by Rachel Hunter and “Matchmaker” by Chisholm, Sanford and Wambeke.

Chisholm is a seasoned voice teacher with a varied performance career, which has included work in musical theatre, opera, oratorio, chamber music, choral ensembles, jazz, vaudeville and as a voice actor. She was honored with first prize at the Arizona National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards

Sanford has been teaching music for 11 years from the preschool through college levels. She has performed lead roles and spent time as an educator in various national and international locations including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Kenya and the East and West Coasts of the United States. She also performed for the world-renowned Continental Singers in Kenya.

Mizutani has performed as a violinist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony. As a soloist, he has performed for orchestras around the world. Mizutani has garnered top honors at Taiwan International and Five Towns Violin competition and is a Music Teachers National Association award winner. Throughout his career, he has performed with Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Arnold Steinhardt, Yo-Yo Ma and Glenn Dicterow.

Micah Hunter is the Director of Choirs at Stillwater Christian School, where he teaches elementary general music, music theory, music history, and several independent study courses. He also serves as the Chorale Conductor of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale and as adjunct music faculty at FVCC.  

Wambeke teaches chemistry at FVCC and is a talented vocalist and violinist who enjoys performing with the music faculty. She has been on the stage since she was a child, singing and playing violin with her family in churches. Over the past 23 years, she has performed with Glacier Symphony and Choral, Whitefish Theater Company, Alpine Theatre Project and Just Us Girls.

Rachel Hunter is a local voice teacher and church musician. She is active in music ministry at Faith Covenant Church in Kalispell and teaches voice lessons at her home and at Stillwater Christian School.

Ramlow is an accomplished accompanist, church pianist and music director at Whitefish First Presbyterian Church. Her accompanist work includes three churches each month, Whitefish High School choir, vocal jazz ensembles through Jazz Stampede and Flathead Valley Community Choir.

For more information about the concert, call Sanford at 756-4813.