Special Free Concert Tuba Recital with former ICSD student Cristina Cutts Dougherty

01/12/2018 - 7:30pm
Ithaca Performing Arts Center


(Ithaca) The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, announces a special free concert at Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center, on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Funded by a FABG mini-grant, Ithaca City School District (ICSD) former student Cristina Cutts Dougherty will return to teach ICSD students and perform a special tuba recital concert. Cutts Dougherty will also be a soloist at the free Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Boynton Middle School concert also held at the Performing Arts Center. As a part of her residency, DeWitt and Boynton Middle School bands and Ithaca High band members will meet with her. Students at Boynton and Ithaca High will also have in-school lessons.

Cutts Dougherty began playing tuba when she was nine years-old in Ithaca, NY and has been inspired by the constant encouragement she received, even after moving away, from her 6th-grade band teacher, Michael Allen. She notes that she would not be where she is today without the support she received from her mentors, and the deep interest in brass pedagogue and music education she developed.

Cutts Dougherty is a Teaching Artist for the Colburn School’s Jumpstart program - a comprehensive, scholarship-supported music program that provides pathways for personal and artistic excellence to low-income students in the Los Angeles area. She teaches euphonium, trombone, and tuba in group lessons, and also has a private studio. She states it is an incredible honor to now be returning to her roots in Ithaca as a guest artist.

“It is a thrill to welcome Cristina Cutts Dougherty back to Ithaca to work with the students in the music program and to perform a recital at Ithaca High School. Her positive example and inspiring rise to national prominence as a performer will provide students with an enriching experience of lasting value. We are hopeful that all student musicians, parents and community members will be able to attend Cristina’s Friday night recital.” notes Boynton Band Director Michael Allen. Cutts Dougherty graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2015, where she was a finalist in the concerto competition and a pupil of trombonist Thomas Riccobono for two years. She is now a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn School, studying with Norman Pearson of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation, and for equity in the arts programs. The boosters believe the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education. Visit www.fabgithaca.org The next mini-grant deadline is February 1, 2018. Email FABGgrants@ipei.org or check the Fine Arts Booster Group website at www.fabgithaca.org/receive for an online application.

IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Visit www.ipei.org.
Additional Information: Ms. Cutts Dougherty’s musical experiences have taken her around the country. Cristina Cutts Dougherty (b. 1998) grew up in South Africa, England, New York, and New Mexico, and was the 2016 Young Artist winner of the International Tuba/Euphonium Competition. That same year, she was unanimously picked as the winner of the National Symphony’s Summer Music Institute concerto competition, performing with the orchestra as a soloist in the Kennedy Center. She was recognized as the “Most Promising Talent,” overall of the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, and went on the following year to win second prize (no first prize awarded) in the brass division of the same competition. In 2017, she was named a National Young Arts Foundation Finalist, and has appeared playing orchestrally with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra Montreal and the Seattle Symphony as a member of the Festival Napa Valley Orchestra, and as a soloist playing the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Colburn Orchestra. Cristina has worked with renowned conductors and artists including the Canadian Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ludovic Morlot, Stéphane Denève, and Roger Bobo.
This event is made possible through a grant from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).