Henry and Maria Flurry are the founding members of Sticks and Tones, members of the juried list of Roster Artists of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. We are based in Prescott, Arizona. Our goal is to educate, entertain, and motivate children.
Maria Vomlehn Flurry holds undergraduate degrees in music performance and music education from the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD). She received her Master's Degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). She was co-founder and long time partner in the award-winning children's music group Harpbeat!, based in southeast Michigan. With Harpbeat!, she co-produced and performed on three children's music albums. The CD, Around the World in a Harpbeat , received critical acclaim from Parenting and Family Fun magazines.
Maria plays percussion professionally. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theater. She has "backed up" such artists as Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Jim Neighbors and has toured with Mannheim Steamroller. She solos as a concerto percussionist in pieces such as Tan Dun's Water Concerto and Kenneth LaFave's Canto de Alba.
Maria has taught both Spanish and Music in public schools. Before moving to Arizona, Maria taught at the Ardis Renaissance Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She created and implemented the Spanish program at this performing and language arts elementary school.
Henry Flurry holds undergraduate degrees in music theory and composition and electrical engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He received his master’s degree in composition from the University of Birmingham, UK. He taught for several years at the University of Michigan School of Music and helped author multimedia software for companies such as Disney, Hasbro, and Mattel. Henry teaches Suzuki Piano and composes music for piano, small ensembles, band, and orchestra. His works have been performed and commissioned by many groups, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Prescott Pops Symphony, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Yavapai College, Kennesaw State University, Balance Duo. Henry is also the developer of Music Flash Class, a versatile music note flash card app for iPhone and iPod Touch that is designed to be used by teachers and students. Henry’s compositions can be viewed and heard at at HenryFlurry.com/public_portfolio/. His music is published by Nathana.com.
Together Henry and Maria run the Chaparral MusicFest, an annual music festival held every June in Prescott, AZ.
Both Henry and Maria are bilingual in Spanish and English. Maria spent much of her childhood in and around Mexico, and Henry started learning Spanish with their first child, just so he could keep up! Henry and Maria enjoy raising their two very cool kids.