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FemCity Orlando Women Leaders in Music

May 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

Join us on May 23rd as the Fems explore what it means to be a woman who leads in music.

In collaboration with Timucua Arts Foundation’s Art/Work series, our Fems will get the chance to hear from, and engage with, a panel of amazing women involved in the performing arts industry and the world of entrepreneurship.

Learn more about our panelists and Timucua Arts Foundation below.

Wine and light apps to be provided.

Timucua Arts Foundation – white house– Art/Work Series:
Art/Work is a series of discussions about the intersection of entrepreneurship and the arts. From startups to legends, Art/Work guests share their experiences making a living while making art.

Learn more about our panelists below
Business Member price: $10

Community Member price: $20

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Giorgia Cifani:
Giorgia Cifani, originally from Rome Italy, comes from a family of entertainers and engineers. Touring with her show business parents, she did not have a typical childhood, instead growing up in the theater and movie studios. Following in her mother’s footsteps she received her ballet certifications from the Royal Academy of Dance. Eventually, the acting bug brought her to the US where she was rewarded with scholarships from the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theater. Her training allowed her to work for many regional theaters around the USA and Italy and she also appeared on sitcoms, TV dramas, and blockbuster films.

While developing a successful career in performance, Giorgia also felt a strong calling towards another sector of creative life: Marketing. She began her marketing career at Ernst & Young, and later worked for major telecommunication companies like Helio, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint Nextel. Heading major entertainment events as well, she led the West Coast and Vegas tours of Britney Spear’s Circus as well as the very First Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour.

A true born entrepreneur and technology lover, Giorgia gained great perspective on business and the local economy, while covering Marketing and Sales for a Microsoft Gold Partner based in California. Today she is the President and founder of Giotto Studios, a boutique Marketing Software Development agency catering to any business that has lost their competitive edge. Her motto was, and still is today, “Saving one company at a time.” Giorgia is also currently on the board of Opera Orlando.

Elizabeth Chaconas:
Elizabeth Chaconas was born and raised in Florida. Her passion for music began at the age of 10, when she joined the strings program at her elementary school, and continued through her college years, as she earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance with a focus in Viola from the University of Central Florida. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Accounting from the same university. She utilizes both degrees by working as an auditor in a public accounting firm in addition to being a performing musician.

Elizabeth has extensive experience both as a viola and violin instructor and as a performer in live, video, and audio recordings. She has given students private lessons in the instrument and, with A Gift for Music, has taught low-income children how to play string instruments. Also, she has performed with various small groups, orchestras, and bands across Florida.  She has performed for many different occasions, such as weddings, corporate events, fashion shows, and music festivals. She has also donated her talent for benefit concerts and vigils. Her most recent performance was a solo piece called Hue by Leah Nash at Timucua Arts Foundation White House and the Melrose Center at the downtown library.

The following are other notable performances she has done: With the Continuum String Quartet, she performed at the Timucua Arts Foundation White House; With Violectric, she performed at the Winter Garden MusicFest, Florida Music Festival, various holiday concerts at Lake Eola, the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and a pre-game show for the Orlando Magic; With Fretless Rock, she performed at the Fringe Festival, ARTlando, Pine Street Rock & Stroll, Bite Night Orlando, and the opening of Kasa Tapas and Raw Bar Downtown Orlando. In addition to instrumental groups, she has backed singers, such as Jodi Benson, and played on the Wall Drumline for the Ruckus and ILF, support groups of Orlando City SC.

Elizabeth is a lifetime member of FemCity Orlando.

Nora Lee Garcia:
As one of the most highly regarded flutists in the concert world today, Nora Lee Garcia frequently appears throughout the United States, Europe, and South America as a soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. A Powell Flutes Artist and Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Central Florida, she also serves as principal flute of the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, of which she has been a member for 20 years.

She has performed, taught, and served as an adjudicator at flute festivals all over the world, including the National Flute Association Convention, the Monterrey Flute Festival (Mexico), Peru Flute Festival, Chile Frutillar Encuentro de Flauta del Sur del Mundo, Spain Flute Festival, and the 2016 French Flute Convention, where she was the only American performer.An active recording artist, she has recorded for Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers Music, among others; her most recent album, Cubatina, features music for flute and guitar from Argentina and Cuba.

An advocate for new music, she has premiered many works including Gary Schocker’s Under the Sultan (2011), Howard Buss’ Prelude and Dance (winner of the 2004 NFA Newly Published Music Competition), Orlando García’s El Silencio despues de la lluvia (France, Moulin Ande, 1999), Robert Brownlow’s Concerto for flute chamber orchestra and vibraphone (Michigan, Interlochen Music Festival, 2001), and Edmundo Vazques’ Alturas II (Chile, Escuela Moderna de Música, 2001). Her upcoming engagements include chamber music performances in Germany, Bavaria, and Spain, as well as numerous presentations of her masterclass, Camino Flute.

Julia M. Gessinger:
Julia M. Gessinger graduated from the Rudolf Steiner Schule Nürtingen in Germany, a “Waldorf School” prestigious for its emphasis on the arts. She arrived at the University of Miami School of Music on a full scholarship. Her violin teachers since age 7 included Friedrich Rüstig, Thomas D. Moore, Nicholas Mann and Robert Rozeck.
Julia began her professional career in Europe with the renowned ensemble “Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart.” In America, she has performed with Southwest Florida Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Opera Tampa as well as Seaside Music Theater and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. During her orchestra career, she has played with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Branford Marsalis, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, to name a few. In 1996 she won a core violin position with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she performs with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Winter Park Bach Festival Orchestra and regularly presents professional chamber groups such as New Score Chamber Orchestra, Cadenza String Quartet and Piano Trio.
Julia is also very passionate about teaching and has her own private lesson studio in Winter Park. Together with her husband, independent film director Douglas H. Pritchard, she owns Starfield Studios with which she maintains an active recording career for video games and feature films.


May 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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