Pamela Youngblood
Wind Song


New American Classics for Flute and Piano
Pam Youngblood, flute
Gabriel Bita, piano

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Track Listing

Songs of Armenia by Jeff Manookian
1. Vivace [3:50]
2. Largo assai [5:51]
3. Allegretto [3:04]
4. Teneramente [4:48]
5. Energico [4:21]

Four Songs for Flute and Piano by Martin Kennedy
6. Ferocious [5:14]
7. Allegro [2:10]
8. Moderato [5:18]
9. Andante [4:29]

9 Walks Down 7th Avenue
10. Rondo Variations for Flute and Piano by Daniel Dorff [8:24]

11. Variations on “America” by Charles Ives (arr. by Daneil Dorff) [7:24]

12. Wind Song by Dean C. Howard [5:07]

Pamela Youngblood

Flutist Pamela Youngblood has a long and distinguished career as a solo artist and chamber musician. She is dedicated to the discovery of contemporary works and has a genuine curiosity for what is new and worthwhile. This CD is one outgrowth of her constant search for innovative material coupled with her desire to expand the flute repertoire by highlighting significant works by American composers.

An active recitalist, Dr. Youngblood has been a featured performer at conventions of the National Flute Association in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and Anaheim; the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio; and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors in Lawrence, Kansas. She has been principal flutist and a featured soloist of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 1980, including her 2004 performance of David Amram’s concerto Giants of the Night with the composer conducting. In remarks to the audience, Amram commented that Youngblood was “a composer’s dream to work with.”

While she most often performs classical music, Dr. Youngblood also enjoys other genres, including jazz. At age 16, she performed Dave Brubeck’s Take Five on one of the last Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour broadcasts from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. More recently, she has performed the jazz suites of Claude Bolling.

Youngblood is a Professor of Music at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She is a founding member of the faculty chamber ensemble Zephyr Winds. She is also the founder and conductor of the TWU and Brookhaven (Dallas) Flute Choirs; both ensembles have commissioned new works by American composers whose premieres she has conducted at national conventions.

Dr. Youngblood holds degrees from Union University in Jackson, TN and the University of North Texas, where she studied with George Morey. She is also an accomplished organist who has been the music director of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Denton since 1976. She resides with her college-age children, Mark and Amanda, in Denton.

Gabriel Bita

Since winning solo and concerto competitions in Europe and the United States, Gabriel Bita has concertized as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborated with world-renowned artists, and performed with major symphony orchestras. A short list of artists he worked with includes: conductor Otto Werner Mueller (performance of Brahms 2nd piano concerto, with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York); John Giordano (music director emeritus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra); Walfrid Kujala (Chicago Symphony flute and piccolo); Eugene Osadchy (solo and chamber cellist).

Gabriel Bita has won national and international piano competitions since he was nine years old, with top prizes at Suceava (Romania), Città di Catanzaro and Città di Senigallia (Italy), the Ohio Music Teachers Association, Nena Wideman piano concerto competition (Shreveport, Louisiana), the Van Cliburn Institute concerto competition (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Columbus Symphony concerto competition (Ohio).

Symphony orchestra engagements as a soloist include performances with the Juilliard Orchestra, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Mexico), Oberlin Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ashland and Canton Orchestras (Ohio), Botosani Symphony (Romania).

Solo concert performances include recitals throughout the United States, France, Italy, Germany, the Bahamas, Romania, and Japan (performing concerts in Tokyo and Asahikawa, with critical acclaim). The Hokkaido Shimbun Press wrote that Gabriel “established magnificent sonority in his playing with soul and passion.”

Mr. Gabriel Bita is the full-time staff pianist at Texas Woman’s University, where he frequently performs on faculty concerts, degree recitals, and solo piano recitals. He holds a master of music degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Gabriel has studied with well-known musicians, including Vladimir Viardo, Martin Canin, Peter Takàcs, Jerome Lowenthal, and Andrè Laplante. He has also participated in masterclasses and summer music festivals, studying under internationally renowned artists, such as Sergei Babayan, Leon Fleisher, Josè Feghali, Menahem Pressler, Ralph Votapek, and Claude Frank.

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