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Christina Steffen enjoys a widely diverse music career and is sought-after as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, conductor, and chamber music coach. She has performed in many areas of the U.S. and Europe and at many music festivals. Ms. Steffen gave the southwest premiere performance of the Bohmler Sonata Celebre andrecently played the world premiere of Freedman’s “On the Other World” for solo alto flute and flute choir at the National Flute Association Convention. “… Her technique is flawless, as are the sounds she creates with her instruments. Of even greater value is her ability to interpret any style of music with authority and authenticity.” (Bob Freedman, Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger)
Christina’s unique artistry melds pure classical and orchestral training with a jazz sensibility shaped by years of playing in Big Bands. This combined with a passion for the musics of the world has fashioned a uniquely versatile musician. She has played with The Phoenix Symphony, many ad hoc orchestras, national Broadway tours including “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins," "The Producers,” and “A Chorus Line” and has played for an extensive list of international entertainers. She is a "world class musician." (Don York, music director)
Christina and pianist Andria Fennig are the core musicians for Paradisa!, an ever-evolving chamber group blending artistic mastery of classical standards with swinging jazz-influenced works, beguiling Latin selections and modern compositions. Her other musical forays include regional and national commercial recordings, playing for many other performer’s CDs, and releasing the 2010 recording, “Paradisa!” featuring flute, piano, and cello.
Ms. Steffen presents flute clinics and master classes and has taught at several camps including the Curry Summer Music Camp and the AFS Flute Camp. Her captivating presentation of “Flutes and Flute Music Around the World” is always enthusiastically received and she is thrilled to be able perform on many of the instruments from her collection. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in flute performance from the University of Arizona School of Music and is the founder and music director of Arizona’s premiere flute ensemble organization, Desert Echoes Flute Project (www.defproject.org), sponsored by the Mesa Community College Music Department. This exciting and adventurous group features flutists from the Phoenix Metropolitan area playing flutes from the well-known piccolo down to the unusual and rather large contrabass flute. Christina is the flute instructor at MCC and SCC and maintains a private studio. Her students have won local and national competitions.