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Longwood student chosen to perform with international music ensemble

June 15, 2009

Longwood University student Shannon Rivera Longwood University senior Shannon Rivera

Longwood University senior Shannon Rivera has been selected to perform this summer with the International Youth Wind Orchestra (IYWO).

Rivera will play flute in the ensemble, made up of about 50 outstanding musicians, ages 18 to 25, chosen by audition from throughout the world. The IYWO will perform at the 14th Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, to held July 5-11 in Cincinnati.

In addition to the tradition of performing as part of the conference's finale, the IYWO will, for the first time, undertake a DVD project to record performances and rehearsal footage of four pieces in the wind ensemble repertoire: "First Suite in E-flat" and "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst, "Symphony in B-flat" by Paul Hindemith, and "Lincolnshire Posy" by Percy Grainger. The DVD will be released commercially after the conference.

Rivera is a music education major from Ashburn in Loudoun County. At Longwood she studies flute under Mary Ann Archer, the former principal flutist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She performs in the Longwood Wind Symphony, Camerata Singers, Flute Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and she is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women, and the Student Educators National Conference. She is a graduate of Stone Bridge High School and is the daughter of Daniel and Karen Rivera.

Last fall she won Longwood's student soloist competition, which gave her the right to perform at the Wind Symphony's spring concert in April, during which she was piccolo soloist on Henry Mancini's "Pennywhistle Jig."

After graduating in December 2010, Rivera plans to open a private flute studio where she will teach flute. She wants to later earn a master's degree in performance, then eventually earn a doctorate and teach on the college level.

The IYWO will rehearse under the direction of three eminent conductors: Donald Hunsberger, conductor emeritus of the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music; H. Robert Reynolds, the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and former director of bands and also of instrumental studies at the University of Michigan; and Frank Battisti, founder and conductor emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble.