Nota Bene: Marie Sierra, Elena Galbraith, Sandy Schwoebel

Elena Galbraith, soprano;

Sandy Schwoebel, flute;

Marie Sierra, piano

Tuesday, February 18, 2020,

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

The Latin phrase “nota bene” means “note well.” Latin scholars used it in the 18th century to call attention to something special or important in their manuscripts. The term is apt for the talented Tucson musical trio, Nota Bene, whose music-making is noteworthy from the first lovely note to the last dulcet tone.

Soprano Elena Galbraith, flutist Sandy Schwoebel and pianist Marie Sierra invite you to travel musically from France to Germany to South America and back home to the United States. Their program includes French and German Romantic songs, Spanish tangos, and songs written especially for them by Tucson’s own Jay Vosk.

Galbraith studied at Cornell and the Peabody Institute. She spent 18 years as a soprano soloist at St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church and gives private voice lessons. She has performed in opera, oratorio and musical theater throughout the United States and is known to Tucson audiences for her performances with various local groups such as the Tucson Pops and the Tucson Masterworks Chorale.

Schwoebel holds a D.M.A. degree in flute performance and was Assistant Professor of Flute and Music History at Central Washington University. Well established as a flute pedagogue in Tucson, she has a large private studio and has taught at Pima Community College for 20 years. She also spent nine years as a Teaching Artist for Tucson Unified School District’s innovative Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) program.

Sierra performs collaboratively in over 40 concerts a year. She is the pianist for the renowned Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. She has recorded with numerous local performers and at many international music conferences. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Miami.

Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village volunteer

Feb. 18: “Nota Bene:  Music for Soprano, Flute, Piano”