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Hochstein Woodwinds Faculty - Rita George Simmons



Instrument/Department: FluteRita George Simmons

Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2001


Ms. George Simmons received her Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Boston Conservatory and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Ithaca College. A winner of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition, she has performed at the NFA Convention.  A member of the Flute Faculty at The Hochstein School in Rochester, NY since 2001, she has twice been a featured soloist on the Hochstein Spotlight on Faculty concert series. She plays piccolo for the Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Band for which she has also been a featured Guest Artist as soloist on piccolo on several occasions.  Other solo artist performances include Downtown United Presbyterian Church Arts and Lunch Series and Music at St. Andrews in Rochester, NY.  


Ms. George Simmons has served on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Flute Association as Program Chair, Masterclass Coordinator, and acted as RFA Flute Fair Co-Chair in 2004. She also spent three seasons as artistic director for the Rochester Flute Association Flute Choir and is on the faculty of the RFA/Hochstein Summer Flute Camp. She is the sponsor of the biennial Frank and Mary Louise George Memorial High School Piccolo Competition that is coordinated with the RFA and named in honor of her late parents. Besides teaching at the Hochstein School, she is a certified NYSSMA Adjudicator and has her own private studio in Webster.