News Release

Dalton State to Host Free Flute, Piano Concert

June 18, 2013

Jenny Cline
Jenny Cline

Dalton State presents a warm evening of cool music featuring flute and piano in a free concert on campus Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 pm.

The recital features flutists Ronda Benson Ford and Jenny Cline accompanied by pianist Evelyn Dias. The trio will present a diverse program of classical and contemporary selections by Mozart, Claude Bolling, Claude Debussy, Theobald Boehm, and Gary Shocker.

According to Cline, Shocker is a contemporary American composer as well as flutist and teacher who has written a large volume of music that has not been widely performed. His Sonata 5 will make its Georgia premiere at the June 26 recital which will also feature another of his compositions, French Toast.

Ronda Benson Ford recently returned to Chattanooga after a year in Colorado where she taught at Western State Colorado University. An active performing flutist and teacher, Dr. Ford will be on faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp this summer and has previously served on faculties at National American University, Truman State University, Park University, and Missouri Western State University. She has also been selected to serve as a panel member for a presentation at the National Flute Association 2013 convention in New Orleans. In past summers, she has performed with the New Dischord Festival in Chattanooga.

Rhonda Ford
Ronda Benson Ford

Jenny Cline holds a degree in flute performance from Northwestern University. She is currently the principal flutist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, piccoloist with the Summit Symphony, and performs regularly with the Plainfield Symphony. As a member of FLUTATIOUS!, a professional flute ensemble, she performed at the 2009 National Flute Association convention in New York City. Her woodwind quintet, the Monmouth Winds, has been busy commissioning new works to expand the repertoire and will perform two new works at the NFA convention in New Orleans this August.

Evelyn Dias started playing the piano at the age of six. A native of Bombay, India, she has performed in the U.S., France, Czech Republic, and in India. After acquiring a bachelor of arts in economics and statistics from Bombay University, Dias obtained a master’s degree in piano performance at The University of Iowa. She is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Northwestern University. Dias is a member of the piano faculty at Chicago’s Merit School of Music and serves as accompanist to the Evanston Children’s Choir.

The free recital will begin at 7:30 in Goodroe Auditorium of Dalton State’s Gignilliat Memorial Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at 706-272-2528 or

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