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Friends of Music Presents: Kate Steinbeck, flute and Dewitt Tipton, piano

The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness will host a Friends of Music concert featuring Kate Steinbeck, flute on Sunday, December 4, at 4:00pm in the Parish Hall across the street from the Church. She will be joined by collaborative pianist Dewitt Tipton. The public is warmly invited to attend. Contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Ms. Steinbeck is the Artistic Director of Pan Harmonia, an Asheville-based organization committed to sharing chamber music with people of all ages and socioeconomic strata through accessible, inclusive performances of works by diverse composers.

“Known in the Western North Carolina region and Upstate South Carolina for producing and performing chamber music, Ms. Steinbeck has shown herself to be a gifted flutist and innovative concert presenter. We are fortunate to have her for a solo recital at St. John,” said Tipton, Organist, Director of Music for St. John in the Wilderness and creator of Friends of Music.

Ms. Steinbeck is recognized across the United States and abroad as a unique interpreter of wide-ranging repertoire, innovative producer and collaborator, enthusiastic teacher and coach.

"What a joy to be making music with Dewitt Tipton at St. John in the Wilderness,” said Ms. Steinbeck. “He and I connected musically years ago, and it is always wonderful to work with him. Dewitt's superb artistry was an essential element in the success of Pan Harmonia."

She began playing the flute in a public school music program in Western North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood. Musical adventures led her far and wide, from studies with William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra to a Fulbright grant in Belgium, several years performing and teaching in Germany, and later to graduate studies with Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony. As a freelance flutist, Ms. Steinbeck has been featured on many of California’s most prestigious stages.

In 1997, Ms. Steinbeck moved to Asheville and began raising a family. In 2000, she created Keowee Chamber Music with cellist Liz Austin and violist Andre Levin. KCM became Pan Harmonia in 2011. As a teacher, she loves guiding students of all ages to discover the joy of making music and to achieve new levels of accomplishment and self-awareness. Ms. Steinbeck has produced two critically acclaimed albums: “Light in the Corner" with percussionist Bryon Hedgepeth and “Luminescence” with guitarist Amy Brucksch and has recorded on projects ranging from hip hop to ambient. She loves languages, speaks German and French, and is now learning Spanish. Ms. Steinbeck plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by the Abell Flute Company.

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