Celebrating Our
10th Anniversary Season!

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:12

Kimberly DeRosa

Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. She has performed occasional concerts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, TUTS, Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony. Celebrity concerts include Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bernadette Peters and The Moody Blues. Ms. DeRosa is founding director of Houston Summer Harp Festival, adjunct instructor of harp at Howard Payne University and Harp Instructor at McKamy MS in Lewisville, TX. Her private teaching studio is located near Lake Dallas. Her students have won competitions and acceptances into prestigious universities and conservatories. She earned her BM at Southern Methodist University and completed her graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. CD recordings (www.cdbaby.com): “Tidings of Joy” and “Zero Hour”. www.kimberlyderosa.com

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:10

Danielle Harmon

Danielle Harmon holds a Bachelors and Masters in Music, both from the University of North Texas, majoring in performance on the harp. During her Masters degree, Danielle was one of the winners in the 2009-2010 Concerto Competition at the University of North Texas. Since graduation, Danielle has performed in regional ensembles with increasing frequency. She held the principal harp position with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 Season, and has played with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony in Arkansas, and Brazosport Symphony in Lake Jackson, Texas. In 2012, Danielle has performed flute and harp chamber music concerts throughout the state of Texas. She is the harpist for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since their Inaugural Season in 2006.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:08

Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell is a passionate and experienced music educator and performer based in Houston, Texas.  Recent concert highlights include the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s Heaven’s Above for the American Harp Society’s National Conference, and the debut concert of AURORA – a harp, flute, and cello ensemble embracing classical repertoire while championing contemporary music by emerging composers.

Susanna holds a Master's Degree in Harp Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University and is principal harpist with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Houston Civic Symphony and the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra.  In addition to performing, she maintains a private harp and piano studio and takes great delight in training and mentoring young musicians.  Susanna also teaches music classes at Lone Star College and is on faculty at the Houston Summer Harp Festival. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017 20:55

10th Anniversary Season

It's hard to believe, but 2017-2018 will be Astraios's 10th anniversary season. From our first concert in Colorado, where the musicians were famously paid only in cookies, we have come so far! 

Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:57

2017-2018 Season


Join us for our

10th Anniversary Season!


All concerts at Expedition Frisco
9073 Berkshire Drive
Frisco, TX 75033

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Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 pm
Gruca White Ensemble
Linda White, Flute & Robert Gruca, Guitar
FREE


Gruca White Ensemble

Back by popular demand! The Gruca White Ensemble presents an array of standard classical repertoire mixed with improvised jams. This flute and guitar duo is an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Music Settlement, a nationally recognized community music school. 


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Friday, December 15, 2017
7:30 pm
New Houston Harp Ensemble
Emily Mitchell, Susanna Campbell, Danielle Harmon, and Kimberly De Rosa, harps
$20 Adults/$10 Students and Seniors (includes appetizers and dessert)
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Join the New Houston Harp Ensemble for a joyous program of holiday music! Appetizers and dessert will add to the festive spirit. 

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Friday, February 2, 2018
7:30 pm
Brian Zator, Marimba & Jessica McCormack, Soprano
FREE 

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International marimba soloist Dr. Brian Zator returns, and will be joined by Dr. Jessica McCormack, soprano, who is Assistant Professor of Voice at Indiana University-South Bend.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

7:30 pm
The August Winds
Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Natasha Merchant, Oboe;
Marianne Shifrin, Clarinet; Michael Jones, Bassoon;
Jonathan Kuhns, Horn
FREE

The August Winds group shot

One of Astraios's founding ensembles! The August Winds have been performing since 2000, when they met as freshmen at Indiana University. 

 

Our 10th Anniversary Season is Sponsored by 

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:19

DFW Brass Concert

On March 25, Astraios was thrilled to present the DFW Brass at St. Francis of Assisi Church here in Frisco. Adam Miller and Lacey Hays, trumpets, Heather Suchodolski, horn, Jon Hinton, trombone, and Carl Kleinsteuber, tuba, performed works that covered everything from Renaissance fanfares to a country rock ballad. 

Monday, 23 January 2017 23:42

January 2017

Astraios was pleased to test out a new venue, Expedition Frisco, on January 14.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 21:22

November 2016

We were thrilled to feature Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell as the Better Than One Harp Duo on November 13.

Saturday, 08 October 2016 21:22

Patrick Herring

Patrick Herring began playing music at a very early age and hated it with a passion until they let him start hitting things. Since then he has received a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of North Texas and Masters in Percussion Performance from Southern Methodist University.  Music has taken him all around the United States and he has proudly played shows in 40 out of 50 states. He’s looking forward to getting up to New England someday and knocking out a few more of them.

He currently serves as the principal percussionist of the Allen Philharmonic Symphony and plays extra with many local and regional orchestras as well as theater companies and churches and anyone else that needs something hit musically.

Patrick lives in Little Elm with his wife, son and two beagles and in his spare time creates instructional videos on how to play percussion on his website www.patrickherring.com

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:41

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell’s 30-year career includes solo recordings for RCA-BMG, U.S. tours for Columbia Artists, working in the television, motion picture and recording studios of NYC, EOS Orchestra principal harpist, and teaching at New York University and Purchase College. Mitchell presently teaches at Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State Universities in Texas. She has recently recorded four CDs of music by flutist/composer Gary Schocker: Garden in Harp, A Harp for Christmas, Vols 1& 2, and Changes. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Performer’s Certificate and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, Mitchell was awarded First Prize at the 7th Israel Harp Contest.

“A marvelous harpist” (The New York Times)

“Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination” (The Washington Post)

www.emilymitchell.com

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