About the Members

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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 currently teaches flute at Settlement Music School, Community College of Philadelphia, Friends’ Central School, 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 Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere. Please visit www.elivi.com for more information.