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Geraldine Morillo Barazarte is a freelance flutists and teacher located in the Central Florida area. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Stetson University (Deland, FL), cum laude, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Jean West and Susan McQuinn. Following her graduation from Stetson, Ms. Barazarte moved to the Boston area and took extended studies with Sarah Brady from the Boston Conservatory. She has also studied with Marco Granados, Geralyn Conticone, Walfrid Kujala, Nora Lee-Garcia, Sylvia Franklin and Elizabeth Rowe and has participated in festivals and masterclasses including the Duxbury Music Festival, the Orchestral Excerpts masterclass by Walfrid Kujala, and the Trevor Wye masterclass in Boston, MA.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Mrs. Barazarte is an advocate for Venezuelan folk music in the USA. In 2010 she co-founded "Sabana & Talento", a traditional Venezuelan Folk Music ensemble with a modern twist showcasing the beauty and versatility of her homeland's music. With this ensemble she has performed in festivals and venues throughout the Greater Boston area in collaboration with renown musicians such as Fran Vielma (Percussion), Eduardo Betancourt (Harp), Nicolas Castañeda (Harp), Carlos Capacho (Cuatro), Carlos Sulbaran (Bass, Marca and Cuatro), among others. She has also recorded for Venezuelan artist Juan Carlos Salazar and Colombian flutist/composer Carmen Liliana Marulanda. Additionally, Mrs. Barazarte is an experienced Orchestral, Wind Ensemble and chamber musician and has held the piccolo chair for the Metropolitan Wind Symphony (2007-2012), the principal flute position for the Nashua Chamber Orchestra (2015-2017), and has performed at the National Flute Association Convention during exhibitor showcases and concerts representing Nagahara Flutes, a world renown maker of professional-level flutes where she also worked for the past eleven years as Office Manager and Sales/Marketing Associate.
Geraldine is a passionate educator and a student-centered teacher with over fifteen years of experience. She enjoys working with students of all levels and ages as private instructor and ensemble coach. While living in the Greater Boston area her students successfully placed into District bands and were accepted into prestigious youth ensembles such as the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestra. She directed the NEYWE Flute choir at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Campus and was one of two candidates selected to participate in the Teacher Training course at the prestigious Boston Flute Academy where she assisted coaching ensembles and masterclasses. Previously Geraldine taught private and studio lessons in several public schools of Central Florida and was an adjudicator for All-County band flute auditions in the Volusia County, Florida (2007).
Mrs. Barazarte recently relocated from Massachusetts back to Orlando, FL where she lives with her husband and two sons. She is available as a private flute instructor, masterclass clinician and woodwind section coach in the Central Florida area.