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.
Artistry of Bruce & Sharon Rhoten for trumpet and piano, with music by Kaminski, Francaix, Torelli and more, with the North German Radio Philharmonic
“Local Favorite” Bruce Rhoten lives in Hannover, Germany. His connection with Farmington comes by way of the Trumpet Geezers with whom he presented two masterclasses. Bruce worked his way to the top of the profession via Eastman School of Music, The West Point Military Band, Cincinnati Symphony, Dusseldorf Opera and Ballet Orchestra and culminated as principal trumpet with the North German Radio philharmonic in Hannover, Germany.
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.