FLUTE & PICCOLO
BARBARA HARTZ was born in the outskirts of Reading, PA, graduated from high school, had two years of college and became mother to three children. She married her second (and current) husband Rich almost forty years ago. Though she started playing the flute in 6th grade, Barbara had no opportunity to play after high school until she discovered a community orchestra in her home town. She played there for 25 years before moving to Fort Myers in 1997 and immediately joined the Gulf Coast Symphony. Barbara was a member of the board and/or president of GCS for 7 years. She is also active in the Fort Myers Power Squadron (a boating club) and in her church where she often plays her flute. She has two surviving sons, two step-daughters, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
SHERRIE MANGAN began her musical career in elementary school studying flute, then later included the piccolo. She was the principle flutist in High School and performed solos, competitions, and musicals including Guys & Dolls, Oliver, and Fiddler on the Roof. After schooling and taking time off for marriage and family, she again began to play first at home for her own enjoyment and love of music. She began playing solos and accompaning for various churches in 1992. She has been a member of the First Assembly of God orchestra and the I Musici di Napoli Orchestra and Chorus, both for 10 years. Sherrie played in one of the formative years of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and returned in 2006.
ASHLEY MARSH grew up near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She began playing the flute in 5th grade and was very involved in music throughout school. She attended college at the Capital University Conservatory of Music where she majored in music education and flute performance.While at Capital she won the freshman scholarship competition and concerto competition. She performed Mozart’s concerto in D Major with the Capital University Symphonic Winds. Upon graduation from Capital, Ashley was accepted into the University of Florida where she worked as a graduate assistant, and completed her master of music in flute performance. Currently Ashley teaches elementary music at Oasis Charter Elementary School and directs the Oasis Singers. She is married and lives in Fort Myers with her husband Matt and Sheltie dog Zeke. Ashley is very happy to be a part of the Gulf Coast Symphony where she is able to continue performing on a regular basis.
SHERRIE MANGAN (see above)