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Senior Chief Musician with the U.S. Naval Academy Band to Perform March 16

March 02, 2018

Photo of Lynda Dembowski and Lise Keiter

Lynda Dembowski, senior chief musician with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and Lise Keiter, music department chair at Mary Baldwin University, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

In 1999 Dembowski auditioned for and was selected to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, she joined the Naval Academy Band as a clarinetist with the marching band, woodwind quintet and ceremonial units. She serves as leading chief petty officer of marching and ceremonial units and as an enlisted conductor.

A native of Waynesboro, Va., Dembowski became a charter member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra in 1993 and has been a featured soloist.

She has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, American Sinfonietta Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra.

She has served as a middle- and high-school band director for Augusta County Public Schools.

Dembowski received a bachelor of music education and a master of music in clarinet performance from James Madison University. She earned a doctor of musical arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Pianist Lise Keiter has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is a solo recitalist, collaborative artist and soloist with orchestra. Most recently, she has presented solo and chamber music performances in New York City, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and throughout Virginia.

In addition, Keiter has performed with the Heifetz Institute and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

Keiter, professor of music at Mary Baldwin University, earned a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree and doctor of music from Indiana University.

The recital is free and open to the public.

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