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We have exciting news! The City of Falls Church Arts and Humanities Council has awarded the Sinfonietta a grant to give a FREE concert for the community.

We are pleased to announce that our next concert at The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, Virginia on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm will be FREE to the public, with NO tickets required. Please spread the word!

The Sinfonietta will be joined by three extraordinary soloists, pianist Myriam Avalos Teie, organist Julie Huang Tucker, and trumpeter Scott Tucker, in music by Mozart, Torelli, Wagner, and Beethoven. As always, we look forward to sharing this music with the community of Falls Church.

As we begin the New Year, we wanted to also cordially invite you to join our Washington Sinfonietta Circle of Friends. As a Friend, you help sustain and expand our performances of the great symphonic masterpieces. Please join our Circle of Friends by making a gift via our website. Your tax-deductible contribution to the 2016-17 Annual Fund will be acknowledged in each concert program throughout the current season.

We thank you for your generous support of the Washington Sinfonietta!


Joel Lazar, Music Director
Jonathan Manning, President
Kate Rears Burgman, Executive Director


Next Performance: February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30pm
Solo Superheroes

Myriam Avalos Teie, piano
Julie Huang Tucker, organ
Scott Tucker, trumpet
Mozart Organ Sonatas K. 329 and K. 336
Torelli Trumpet Concerto
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

This concert is FREE to the public, with no tickets required! Come one, come all.

Meet the Soloists

2Feb 11-17

MYRIAM AVALOS TEIE’s piano performances and master classes throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia have earned her critical acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and pedagogue. At the age of three, she gave her first public performance, made her orchestra debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru at twelve, and was awarded full scholarships to the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.

Ms. Avalos Teie holds a Doctoral degree in Chamber Music. She is a collaborative pianist at the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra, she maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia, and is a faculty member and performing artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Summer Festival, the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin, and the Snake River Festival in Colorado, as well as a recording artist for the MSR Classics label. Her appearances and broadcasts include the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center, Dumbarton Concert Series, Purcell Room in London, Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Voice of the OAS, San Antonio Festival, WGMS Radio, Teatro Municipal de Lima and two State Department-sponsored tours of China and Brazil.

Dr. Teie has earned appraisal from music critics all over the world for her piano performances, from The Washington Post – “When the music required fire, Myriam brought flamethrowers…” – to The Times of London — “A performance of sincerity and opulence… the amazing range of tone and faculty for expression went beyond the powers of most players.” For her pedagogy, Steinway & Sons recognized Dr. Teie with the Top Teacher Award for outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education.

In 2004, Dr. Avalos Teie was conferred the title of Cultural Ambassador by the Government of Peru. Her mission is to promote the exposure and exchange of Peruvian artists and students throughout the world.

Headshot 2Julie Huang Tucker is organist and choirmaster at the historic Falls Church Episcopal. In addition to appearances at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington National Cathedral, National Presbyterian Church, and Metropolitan United Methodist Church with such ensembles as The Choral Arts Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus, Children’s Chorus of Washington, and Choralis, she has also performed as a soloist in Boston, New York City, Oklahoma City, and Cape Town, South Africa. She was a finalist in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, participant in the International Organ Festival in the Netherlands, and winner of the Oklahoma Troxel Competition. Her playing has been featured on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated Pipedreams radio program.

Also an accomplished choral musician, Ms. Huang Tucker currently serves as Director of the Liberi and Medius youth choirs for Cantus. She was recently granted a fellowship at Yale School of Music’s Summer Chamber Conducting Workshop in Norfolk, CT and has held teaching appointments in the local-area music departments of Holton-Arms School in Bethesda and St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes in Alexandria. During her term as Music Coordinator at the Amy Biehl Foundation in South Africa, she worked with inmates at Pollsmoor Prison and brought music education to children in the low-income townships of Khayelitsha and Gugulethu.

Ms. Huang Tucker holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma and has been apprenticed in organ building and maintenance at the American Organ Institute and C.B. Fisk. She has received recognition in the Who’s Who Among Students program, the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Cultural Diversity Fellowship, and the E.M. Johnson Writing Award; her Article on Albert Schweitzer is published in Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (Salem Press, 2009). She was an honoree of D.C. metropolitan area’s 40 Under 40 in 2015.

Scott TuckerUnder Scott Tucker‘s artistic leadership, the acclaimed symphonic Choral Arts Chorus has expanded to over 190 singers and launched the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, a small vocal ensemble in 2014. Tucker maintains Choral Arts’ strong connection with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) as well as continuing Choral Arts reputation as a sought-after choral ensemble, receiving invitations from a wide-range of guest contracts with such world-class ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Tucker has prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Emil de Cou, John Mauceri, and Rossen Milanov to perform the NSO’s presentations of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, NSO Pops concerts of music by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s movies, as well as Rachmaninoff’s The Bells for Vassily Sinaisky. He has also prepared large-scale symphonic works for other leading conductors including Peter Schreier, Fabio Mechetti, Daniel Hege, Carl St. Clair, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lanfranco Marcelletti, Jr., and Erich Leinsdorf. Most recently, Maestro Tucker prepared the chorus to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. premiere with the orchestra; and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem for Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Deeply committed to supporting new music, Tucker continually programs world premieres, Choral Arts commissions, and performances of recently composed works. Prior to his tenure with Choral Arts, Tucker commissioned and premiered more than 30 works from composers such as Ernani Aguiar, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Carol Barnett, David Conte, Libby Larsen, and Chen Yi.



Our Performance Venue: The Falls Church Episcopal

The Falls Church Episcopal is a beautiful historic church in downtown Falls Church, Virginia, located at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 29.

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