December 19th | 7:00 PM
A concert weaving together the music of the season.
Presented by the Smoke Rise Baptist Church Music Ministry
The graphic design for “A Christmas Tapestry” was created by Smoke Rise Baptist Church member, David Dodson
Featured artists include Luther Enloe, guitar, Gillian Huff, trumpet and Kathy Farmer, flute
Classical guitarist Luther Enloe possesses a distinctively resonant sound quality, lyrical phrasing, and technical finesse. An active recitalist, recording artist and clinician, Dr. Enloe has recorded for Sonic Grapefruit Records and has appeared in the southeastern and northwestern United States. Recent solo recital engagements include performances at the University of Alaska, Anchorage; Fickling Hall, in Macon, GA; Ramsey Concert Hall in Athens, GA; Frost Chapel in Mount Berry, GA; the Susan B. Harris Chapel in Young Harris, GA; Hoag Auditorium in Dahlonega, GA; Max Noah Recital Hall in Milledgeville, GA; John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; the Ursuline Centre in Great Falls, MT; and the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture in Bozeman, MT. He has appeared as a guitar soloist and chamber musician with numerous ensembles, including Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the U.S. premier of Enjott Schneider’s oratorio Klange des Lichts in collaboration with the Vega String Quartet and the Glenn Chancel Choir at Emory University; as well as performances with the Montana State University Chorale, the Dekalb Choral Guild and the Peachtree Symphonic Winds.
In 2011, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia under the guidance of John Sutherland and David Starkweather. His dissertation, The Technique and Artistry of Melodic Phrasing in the Spanish Classical Guitar Tradition, elucidates 400 years of melodic aesthetics and techniques found in the writings and music of Spain’s most prominent guitar composers.
In addition to serving on the faculty of Georgia State University, Dr. Enloe is instructor of guitar at Berry College in Rome, GA and artist affiliate in guitar at Emory University. In 2010, he was an advisor in the development of performance standards for middle and high school guitar classes for the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Music Educators Association. In 2012, he was appointed the first guitar chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. He lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Cole.
Gillian Huff, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Georgia with a B.M. in Music Education in 2014. She then attended Northwestern University, completing her M.M. in Trumpet Performance in 2016.
While at NU, she attended the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center, both on full scholarships. Soon after graduation, she won the 2nd Trumpet Position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and continued to freelance in the greater Chicago area. In 2017, Gillian was chosen as the new Bugle musician for the West Point Military Academy Band Hellcats. During her time at West Point, she has subbed in the West Point Concert Band, performed with the Army Trumpet Ensemble, and has been featured on broadcast television. She has served as Principal Bugler and Bugle Section Leader for the Hellcats Bugle Section.
Gillian continues to freelance in the greater Hudson Valley area in her spare time. She maintains a small trumpet studio and is a regular sub with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as other local orchestras. In addition, Gillian has competed in solo music competitions. Her solo endeavors have won her Second Prize in the North International Music Competition and a finalist position in Orchestra Noir’s 2018 Medallion International Concerto Competition.
Kathy Farmer is the principal flutist of the Dekalb Symphony and the Georgia Philharmonic and a member of Perimeter Flutes Quartet and the Cantoria Wind Quintet. She conducts the Flute Choir of Atlanta and the Atlanta Flute Ensemble. She teaches at Georgia Perimeter College and in her home studio. Kathy is the wife of Jim Farmer, the mother of 3 daughters, the grandmother of 7 and the great grandmother of 1. She is proud and blessed to be a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church.