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Erica Coutsouridis plays flute and piccolo in the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Army National Guard Band in Tacoma, and Philharmonia Northwest in Seattle. She performed a new concerto with the Guard Band in July 2010 and with the Coe College Concert Band the following spring. Erica has been stationed with Army Bands in Virginia, Kentucky, and Iraq, and featured as a soloist with classical and jazz ensembles. She earned her BM at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and her MM at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, both degrees in Flute Performance. She has studied with Jan Boland, Mary Posses, and Zart Dombourian-Eby. Erica teaches general music at Montessori In Motion School in University Place, and also teaches private piano and flute lessons, which she has enjoyed doing for almost twenty years.
Duo Rubicund
[Roo-bih-kund], adj.:
Rosy, bright, optimistic, promising

Meredith and Erica began playing together in 2008, when they met as instructors at a music and arts school and immediately knew they should work together. Since that time they have established themselves as active and innovative members of the arts community, winning praise and acclaim for concerts and collaborations, such as the music they composed working with the Barefoot Dance Collective. The summer of 2010 included a series of concerts in Iowa, and the following winter the duo released their first recording, "Imaginary Landscapes."

The duo chooses varied repertoire that is challenging but also approachable, and is known for their ability to communicate with audiences. Their first disc, "Imaginary Landscapes," features works of living American composers, including David Leisner and Gary Schocker, that tell a story or paint a scene. Their next recording is shaping up to focus on tangos and other music of Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and Puerto Rico.

Recent Performance highlights include a recital for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society and an invitation to perform at the 40th Annual National Flute Convention in Las Vegas.

Meredith Connie begun her studies in guitar in Australia, and continued them when she moved to the United States to achieve a Masters in Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a teacher, she has successfully worked within college, university and community environments for the last fifteen years, not only as a guitarist but also as a professor of music theory and various survey courses. Her career as a classical guitarist has spanned many solo performances with chamber ensembles and as a guest artist with orchestras throughout the Western states of America, including two concertos with orchestras in the Pacific Northwest in 2012. Currently she is actively performing and touring as part of Flute and Guitar chamber ensemble Duo Rubicund, and also performs regularly for the Seattle Classic Guitar society. She has studied with David Tanenbaum, Dusan Bogdanovic, Stephen Stubbs and Robert Strizich among others, and is now happy to be expanding her teaching skills through the Suzuki method to continue her work with young children.