MNO Flute Ensemble Members

Lisa Tharp plays piccolo for the Musica Nova and La Forza Orchestras, and the West Valley Symphony, as well as principal flute in the Chandler Symphony. Lisa also performs in the chamber music duo, Arpeggio and the Pierson Quintet. Arpeggio premieres commissioned music of contemporary American composers such as Samuel Adler, Arthur Weisberg, Warren Cohen and Daniel Asia, having received several commissioning grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and concertizing sponsorship for performances in Mexico. Lisa received a Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University, a Master of Music Performance from The Wichita State University, and a Master of Libraries and Information Science from the University of Arizona. Lisa remarks, I am deeply grateful to all my teachers, most importantly Marc Stocker, Robert Roux, Warren Cohen and Arthur Weisberg”. Lisa manages the Ironwood branch of Phoenix Public Library, loves dogs, mystery reading, coffee and long-distance cycling.

Jeanie Pierce is a music educator and professional flutist actively teaching and performing throughout the Phoenix area. Her education includes a Bachelor of Music from the University of Montana, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. Jeanie is currently on the faculty of BASIS Goodyear where she teaches music and band for grades 4-9. Jeanie has also taught at BASIS Phoenix and BASIS Scottsdale and has served BASIS Schools as a Subject Advisor responsible for curriculum development and new teacher training. Prior to joining BASIS, Jeanie was an instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College where she taught Music History and Literature classes in classical, jazz, and popular music subjects. As a performer, Jeanie is currently the principal flutist with the MusicaNova Orchestra and member of the MusicaNova Woodwind Quintet and the Sonoran Silver Flute Quartet. She has also performed at several National Flute Association Conventions and serves the NFA as the Flute Events Reporter managing the web pages for masterclasses, competitions, and flute events.

Lee Ann Chivers, DMA, is an active performer and teacher in the greater Phoenix area. Dr. Chivers currently teaches for Paradise Valley Community College, and served as flute instructor for both The Master’s College and La Sierra University in California; she also served as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she completed a DMA in flute performance in 2010.  She also performed as concerto soloist with the Redlands Symphony in 1991; was a finalist in the National Flute Association (NFA) Young Artist competition in 1992; won the NFA Convention Performers competition in both 2002 and 2005, performing new works for solo flute in recitals at the NFA’s annual convention in those years; and has performed via invitation at NFA conventions in 1995, 1998, 2012 and 2013 as well. Her experience includes performances in solo, chamber and orchestral settings with various groups across the Southwest. Dr. Chivers founded two different organizations: first, the Greater Los Angeles Flute Society, in which she was instrumental in multiple facets of the events held by the Society between 2001 and 2006; and since 2013, the Arizona Chamber Music Experience (ACME), which offers chamber music workshops for adult musicians in Arizona. She also currently works with the Recreative Art Center as their Music Director, organizing monthly chamber music meetings for adult musicians.

Nancy Shortridge Sowers, a native Phoenician, has performed throughout the Phoenix area as a freelance musician in musical theater, chamber music in both classical and sacred settings, as a soloist, and in many local symphony orchestras.  She received Bachelor of Music degrees in both Music Education and Flute Performance and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Arizona.  Nancy was one of the founders of the Arizona Flute Society and also founded and, for fifteen years, directed the Paradise Valley Community College Flute Choir.  She has conducted flute choirs and performed in various ensembles at several National Flute Association Conventions.  Nancy is a member of Mountain View Presbyterian Church where she is active in the music program.  She currently teaches elementary school general music in the Paradise Valley school district and plays principal flute with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.