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Lyra Ensemble

June 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Lyra Ensemble

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome the Lyra Ensemble back to the wonderful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary with a program of contemporary works arranged for flute ensemble.

The Lyra Ensemble, now in its third season, is dedicated to performing newly composed virtuoso works, while interpreting standard repertoire with new vigor.

The Lyra Ensemble plays The Year of the Rabbit by Daniel Dorff
February 25, 2017 at St. Paul’s Glenside, presented by the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia

The program will include:

  • Appalachian Sketches (Melvin Lauf, Jr., b. 1971)
  • Amazing Grace (Arranged by Jennifer Higdon, b. 1962)
  • Loops (Brandy Hudelson, b. 1980)
  • Harmony in Blue and Gold (Eric Ewazen, b. 1954)
  • Voices on the Wind (Sarah Bassingthwaighte, b. 1967)
  • The Year of the Rabbit (Daniel Dorff, b. 1956)
  • Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber, 1910-1981)
  • Four ‘Scapes (Cynthia Folio)

The group, comprised of flutists Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Ellen Fisher Deerberg, Anna Meyer, and Elivi Varga, make educational outreach as important as their dynamic performances. The ensemble has performed concerts throughout the East Coast, including at churches in Paramus and River Edge, NJ, Glenside, PA, and Wilmington, DE. In addition, the ensemble has performed at the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Flute Day, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, New York Flute Fair, Rutgers University, Frostburg University, Temple University, and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair.

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Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A. is the owner and founder of The Flute Academy, which has recently re-located to Bergen County, New Jersey. She is a member of the Lyra Ensemble and principle flute with The Ridgewood Concert Band. She is passionate about working with aspiring young musicians in the private lesson setting, chamber ensemble coaching and in the classroom. Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart has served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She teaches and administrates for the Marina Piccinini International Summer Master Classes at Peabody each summer. Her academic achievements include a D.M.A. from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. from Ithaca College.


Ellen Fisher-Deerberg graduated from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where she majored in music performance and studied with Murray Panitz, former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ellen is a well-respected freelance artist in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and has performed in a wide variety of instrumental ensembles in both the USA and Germany. She has been teaching flute for over 28 years, formerly at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and the Music School of Delaware, and has been on the faculty of Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey, since 2005. Ellen is the principal flutist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.


Anna Meyer holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Bachelors in Flute Performance and German minor) and The Peabody Institute (Masters).  She was previously the adjunct instructor of Flute at Mercyhurst University and Second Flutist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, both positions she held until her family relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2011. Recently, she took second place in the 2015 Myrna Brown Competition in Dallas, TX and is currently a listed substitute for many regional orchestras, including the Delaware Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, and the Allentown Symphony.  Anna also maintains a private studio out of her home in Willow Grove.  She and her husband, Erik, often collaborate in concerts of flute and organ music, and she is a founding member of the Lyra Ensemble.  For more information, please visit www.aemeyer.com/anna


Flutist Elivi Varga performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Philadelphia area. She is an adjunct professor of music history at Rowan University, teaches flute at Community College of Philadelphia, and maintains a private flute studio.  She has studied at Goucher College, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a doctorate of musical arts degree. Dr. Varga’s recently-released CD, Silver Tunes: Music for Flute and Organ, includes world-premiere recordings of music by American composers Lowell Liebermann and Augusta Read Thomas, and has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Europe. Her articles on music have appeared in The Flutist QuarterlyThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. Please visit www.elivi.com for more information.

For more information, please visit www.lyraensemble.com.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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June 1, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map