Julia Thom is a native of Western New York and has lived in the Farmington area since 1990. She and her husband, Mick Hesse, lived and performed in Norway, traveled extensively, and continue to enjoy music together.  Julia is retired from teaching at CCSD and San Juan College, and devotes time to knitting and accompanying at First Presbyterian Church in Farmington, NM.

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Artistry of Bruce & Sharon Rhoten for trumpet and piano, with music by Kaminski, Francaix, Torelli and more, with the North German Radio Philharmonic

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Roving with the Arts presents “Local Favorite” 
Les Leach received his Bachelor '64 and Master in Music Education '71 degrees from The University of New Mexico and did advanced study in Orff Schulwerk at NAU.  He has taught Band, Choir and general music at the public schools and university levels in New Mexico and at NAU.  He has been honored by the New Mexico Music Educators Association having been inducted into the NM Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2002 and selected as the Emeritus Teacher in 2021.   Les retired in 2015 after 51 years in Music Education.

Cellist Sandy Kiefer, our 7th “Local Favorite”, sets the standard of cello playing and teaching in the Four Corners. Her story takes us to Vienna, Singapore, Washington DC, Canada, and many US states. Her playing experience is unique and her love of teaching infectious. Sandy's story is fascinating, inspiring, and noteworthy as she shares her musical favorites with you.

“Local Favorite” Diana Hobbs is a sought after piano player from Farmington. Ms. Hobbs has been a favorite accompanist for many musicians in town as well as a church solo musician and choir/hymn accompanist. Diana was a steady pianist for the “Dead Composers” concert series and Showcase on Dustin. Listen to some of her favorites including Gershwin, Debussy, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff.

"Local Favorite” Edie Farm, tells the story of her exceptionally long and exceptionally successful life as a pianist and organist, starting at the young and tender age of 3!  85 years later she is still in demand as a performer. She is an expert on a wide variety of musical styles, from hillbilly favorites like “Turkey in the Straw”, Mozart concertos, “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Satin Doll”. Edie has done it all!

Local favorite Connie Schulz tells her story, explaining what a euphonium sounds like and why!  Her story begins in 4th grade when her Dad said “I think you’ll like it because you get all the good parts in Sousa marches”. Mahler and “Send in the Clowns” play a big part in her musical life, and “O Magnum Mysterium” keeps her inspired and dedicated to music all year.

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