• Christina E Condon

    performer, teacher, clinician
 

About

Biography

Christina Condon Profile

Christina Condon enjoys having a multi-faceted career as pedagogue, soloist, orchestra musician, and clinician. She has gained inspiration from her primary teachers, Randy Bowman, Jill Felber, Diane Gilley, Leslie Maaser, and Pamela Endsley and from masterclasses with notable performers such as James Galway, Marianne Gedigian, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, Angeleita Floyd, Jan Gippo (piccolo), Ervin Monroe, and Bonita Boyd. Christina has performed on flute/clarinet/saxes for over 40 musical theatre orchestras, including the Festival Playhouse, Showbiz Players, and Muse Machine of Dayton.

Christina maintains a competitive flute and clarinet studio in Centerville, Ohio. Her students have placed in several national flute solo competitions such as with the National Flute Association, Flute Society of Kentucky, and the Firebird Chamber Ensemble. Her flute and clarinet students have been accepted into music programs at schools such as the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ohio State University, Miami University, and Ohio University. Her students’ flute ensemble have performed at the Central Ohio Flute Association convention at Ohio State University and local churches and nursing homes. Christina also directs one of the New Horizons Band ensembles through the University of Dayton Music Department.

Christina Condon has a unique and distinctive background, as her music studies included extensive experience on multiple instruments at a young age. Her love for music began with recorder at age 9. Upon beginning in the school band, Christina began with flute and with the encouragement of her band director, Julie Canaday, she proceeded to learn trombone, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, euphonium, and oboe and played them in the school’s concert bands, OMEA Honor Band, and OMEA Honors Jazz band before finishing 8th grade.

The foundations for a musician with a strong background on multiple instruments continued in high school for Christina where she played trombone, flute, oboe, alto saxophone, and French horn in her high school’s ensembles and sang in the choir. At age 16, Christina continued her formal flute studies with Ms. Diane Gilley. She was also 2nd trombone in the Springfield Youth Symphony and 2nd trombone in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Not to be outdone by her brass accomplishments, Christina performed with the Muse Machine of Dayton’s pit orchestra for their annual musicals on flute, piccolo, clarinet, and alto sax all throughout high school under the direction of David Düsing. While still in high school, Christina continued her flute studies at Wright State University with Dr. Leslie Maaser and clarinet studies with Dr. Randall Paul.

Christina Condon Bio

Christina’s music studies continued at Wright State University focusing on flute and clarinet. She played both in the top ensembles, sang in the top vocal ensemble, and played trombone in trombone ensemble. As a sophomore with a passion for music and the German language, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany for the week-long early music festival. The following year, Christina was again awarded a study abroad scholarship for the RENEUUS program, a semester long study beginning at the Goethe Institut Berlin and completed at the Fachhochschule Jena in Jena, Germany. During her time studying at Wright State University, Christina was the only music student to become a paid professional musician for the Wright State University musical theatre program’s pit orchestra, playing flute, piccolo, recorder, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto saxophone.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Christina completed her PreK-12 Music Teaching certification at the University of Dayton in 2006. During this time, Christina performed on woodwinds for many churches and orchestra pits, sang in the Westminster Church Choir and the Bach Society of Dayton, and developed her private music studio of flute and clarinet students.

Since 2005, Christina has maintained a high-level music studio of flute and clarinet students of all ages and been an active free-lance musician on woodwinds. She has performed for the Festival Playhouse Orchestra, Showbiz Players in Cincinnati, Springfield Arts Council, the Kettering Adventist Orchestra, the Boarshead Feast, amongst many others. As a dedicated educator, Christina has continued her flute studies after college with Randy Bowman, Jill Felber, and Dianne Gilley and performed on master classes with Sir James Galway, Jan Gippo (piccolo), Jill Felber, Marianne Gedigian, Ervin Monroe, and Bonita Boyd.

Christina accepts students of all ages and levels of playing, with focus on students that want to learn at an advanced pace. Her teaching incorporates goal-oriented learning, targeted practice techniques, and planned, organized practice. Students receive weekly one-on-one individualized lessons to customize learning and home practice to achieve their goals. Other studio activities include monthly performance classes, workshops, recitals, and ensembles.

In her free time, Christina enjoys inline speed skating with her husband, Bill Numerick, and traveling to races and skating events across the country. She currently skates for Speed Revolution, an organization committed to promoting women speed skaters by highlighting good sportswomanship, promoting women’s races, and providing support to help them achieve their goals.

 

Lessons in the Condon Music Studio

Taking Lessons

If you have a curiosity for music, want to hone your skills, have a positive attitude and willingness to try new things, and are ready to commit to regular practicing (at least 5 days per week at 30 min/day for junior high or 1 hr/day for high school and above), please inquire about openings in the studio!

I meet with students for weekly individual lessons and monthly group studio classes. We hold two recitals per year in January and in May and additional performance opportunities for those who would like them.

For my junior high and high school students, I focus on cultivating a love for great music. Most of my students are those who want to make advanced progress on their instruments. We set goals and a plan of action for achievement. These students go on to be the best in their school bands. With a solid foundation, we are then able to work on standard repertoire, orchestral excerpts, and extended techniques. There are opportunities for master classes, workshops, solo competitions, honors ensembles, scholarship auditions, and other select groups and performances. Monthly studio classes are helpful in building confidence and poise in performing for others. As top players, they go on to win positions in youth orchestras and honors ensembles, and many prepare for college auditions as a music major/minor or for college scholarship. Whatever they do after high school, they go on with a solid knowledge and enjoyment of music.

For younger students, I teach students as young as 5 years old with dedicated parents involved in the learning process. I focus on the foundations and enjoyment of music through playing an instrument. Students learn to read music, play basic scale patterns, and learn familiar and unfamiliar tunes with regular parent performances. Younger students move through more advanced material as they are developmentally ready.

I expect all students to come prepared with music, instrument in proper working condition, and a positive attitude!

I follow an “open door” policy where parents can sit in a lesson whenever they like. In fact, I encourage it! I would like parents to know what their children are working on and how they can be helpful. I also like to have a good relationship and open communication with parents.

 

Past Competition Finalists and Honor Band Participants

Student Accomplishments

  • Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra - Philharmonic Orchestra

  • 2016-2017
    • Michael McCann, flute/piccolo, 10th grade
  • American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras - Concert Orchestra

  • 2016-2017
    • Amanda Welch, flute/piccolo, 10th grade
  • Interlochen High School Flute Institute

  • 2017
    • Isabel Schutte, flute, 11th grade
  • 2016
    • Michael McCann, flute, 9th grade
  • Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) High School Soloist Competition

  • 2017
    • Michael McCann, flute, finalist, 10th grade
  • Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) Junior Soloist Competition

  • 2017
    • Sofia Geelhood, flute, alternate, 9th grade
  • 2016
    • Michael McCann, flute, 1st place, 9th grade
  • 2015
    • Michael McCann, flute, 3rd place, 8th grade
  • Flute Society of Kentucky Solo Flute and Piccolo Competitions

    2010
    • Rebbeca Krupa, flute, 2nd place, 7th grade
  • National Flute Association High School Flute Choir Competition

    2016
    • Michael McCann, flute, 9th grade
    2014
    • Rebbeca Krupa, flute, 11th grade
    • Caleb Dilsavor, flute/bass flute, 12th grade
    2013
    • Caleb Dilsavor, flute/bass flute, 11th grade
  • Daniel L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition

    2016
    • Isabel Schutte, flute, 10th grade, Honorable Mention for performance of 3rd Movement of the Stamitz Concerto for Flute
  • Fred Moore Sr. Solo Flute and Piccolo Competitions

  • 2017
    • Ruthie Keller, flute, finalist, 12th grade
    • Isabel Schutte, piccolo, finalist, 11th grade
    • Jenna Powell, flute, alternate, 11th grade
    2016
    • Megan Lavilla, flute, 1st place, 11th grade
    • Sophia Murray, piccolo, 2nd place, 11th grade
    2015
    • Miranda Hayes, flute, 1st place, 10th grade
  • 2014
    • Annie Stedje, flute, 3rd place, piccolo, 2nd place, 12th grade
    2013
    • Annie Stedje, flute, 3rd place, 11th grade
    2012
    • Rebbeca Krupa, flute, 3rd place, 9th grade
  • Sandra Graef Junior Solo Flute Competition

  • 2015
    • Amanda Welch, flute, 2nd place, 8th grade
  • Tri-State Honor Band (Wright State)

    2017
    • Morgan Gangaware, 1st chair flute, 10th grade
    • Ruthie Keller, flute, 12th grade
    • Megan Lavilla, flute, 12th grade
    • Jenna Powell, flute 11th grade
    • Ethan Parks, flute, 11th grade
    2016
    • Taylor Abair, flute, 12th grade
    • Piper Gillam, flute, 9th grade
    • Emmaline Hall, clarinet, 12th grade
    • Miranda Hayes, flute, 11th grade
    • Ruthie Keller, flute, 11th grade
    • Megan Lavilla, flute, 11th grade
    • Michael McCann, 1st chair flute, 9th grade
    • Mikala McGowan, 1st chair bass clarinet, 11th grade
    • Sophia Murray, flute, 11th grade
    • Ethan Parks, flute, 10th grade
    • Isabel Schutte, flute, 10th grade
    2014
    • Caleb Dilsavor, 2nd chair flute, 12th grade
    2013
    • Kaitlyn Woods, clarinet/Eb clarinet, 12th grade
    2010
    • Maura Wenk, clarinet, 12th grade
  • Ohio University High School Honor Band

    2017
    • Ruthie Keller, 1st chair flute, 12th grade
  • Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

    2012-2015
    • Rebbeca Krupa, principal flute/piccolo, 10th-12th grade
  • Springfield Youth Symphony Orchestra

    2015-2016
    • Michael McCann, co-principal flute, 9th grade
    • Megan Lavilla, flute, 11th grade
    • Isabel Schutte, flute, 10th grade
    2014-2015
    • Megan Lavilla, principal flute, 10th grade
    • Olivia Hall, clarinet, 12th grade
  • Middletown Youth Symphony

    2015-2016
    • Sophia Murray, principal flute, 11th grade
    • Ruthie Keller, flute, 11th grade
    • Piper Gillam, flute/piccolo 9th grade
    2014-2015
    • Piper Gillam, principal flute, 8th grade
    2014
    • Caleb Dilsavor, principal flute, 12th grade
    2011-2012
    • Rebbeca Krupa, principal flute, 9th grade
  • Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Senior Flute Choir

    2015-2016
    • Amanda Welch, flute/alto flute, 9th grade
  • OMEA All-State Band

    2013
    • Kaitlyn Woods, clarinet, 12th grade
    2012
    • Kaitlyn Woods, clarinet, 11th grade

    Ohio University Honors Flute Choir

    2017
    • Sydney Barger, flute, 12th grade
    • Morgan Gangaware, flute, 10th grade
    • Ruthie Keller, flute, 12th grade
    • Jenna Powell, flute, 11th grade
    • Sachi Wilson, flute, 9th grade
    2016
    • Morgan Gangaware, flute, 9th grade
    • Piper Gillam, flute bass flute, 9th grade
    • Isabel Schutte, flute, 10th grade
    • Sachi Wilson, flute, 8th grade
    2015
    • Miranda Hayes, flute, 10th grade
    • Sophia Murray, flute, 10th grade
    • Megan Lavilla, flute, 10th grade
    • Piper Gillam, flute, 8th grade
    • Michael McCann, flute, 8th grade
    • Amanda Welch, flute, 8th grade
    2014
    • Kelly Cholvat, flute, 12th grade
    • Katie Kwon, flute, 12th grade
    • Caleb Dilsavor, flute/bass flute, 12th grade
    • Jessica Shuman, flute, 12th grade
    • Miranda Hayes, flute, 9th grade
    • Sophia Murray, flute, 9th grade
    2013
    • Kelly Cholvat, flute, 11th grade
    • Katie Kwon, flute, 11th grade
    • Mary Catherine Wynn, flute/alto flute, 11th grade
    • Rebbeca Krupa, flute/piccolo, 10th grade
    • Tansy Wang, flute, 10th grade
  • Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir

    2017
    • Camryn Horning, clarinet, 12th grade
    2016
    • Merrie Robinson, clarinet, 10th grade
    • Michael Smith, clarinet, 11th grade
    2015
    • Olivia Hall, clarinet, 12th grade
    • Emmaline Hall, clarinet, 11th grade
    2013
    • Kaitlyn Woods, Bb/Eb clarinet, 12th grade
    • Olivia Hall, clarinet, 10th grade
    • Chris Jenkins, clarinet, 10th grade
  • OMEA High School District Honor Bands

    2017
    • Sofia Geelhood, 1st chair flute top band, 9th grade (D12)
    • Morgan Gangaware, flute, top band, 10th grade (D13)
    • Camryn Horning, clarinet, top band, 11th grade (D13)
    2016
    • Michael McCann, 1st chair flute top band, 9th grade
    • Megan Lavilla, 2nd chair flute top band, 11th grade
    • Taylor Abair, flute, 12th grade
    • Logan Cornele, flute, 12th grade
    • Camryn Horning, clarinet, 10th grade
    2015
    • Megan Lavilla, 1st chair flute top band, 10th grade
    • Miranda Hayes, 2nd chair flute top band, 10th grade
    • Emmaline Hall, clarinet top band, 11th grade
    2014
    • Caleb Dilsavor, flute, 12th grade
    • Jessica Shuman, flute, 12th grade
    • Rachel Gruszecki, bass clarinet, 9th grade
    • Liam Gruszecki, clarinet, 10th grade
    2013
    • Kaitlyn Woods, clarinet, 12th grade
    • Tansy Wang, flute, 10th grade
    2012
    • Kelli Scarpa, flute, 10th grade
    • Rachel Byrde, clarinet, 10th grade
    2011
    • Maura Wenk, clarinet, 12th grade
    • Kelli Scarpa, flute, 9th grade
  • OMEA Middle School District Honor Bands

    2017
    • Keara Connolly, flute, 7th grade (D12)
    • Sabrina Holford, flute, 7th grade (D13)
    2015
    • Amanda Welch, flute, 1st chair flute top band, 8th grade
    • Piper Gillam, flute, 2nd chair flute top band, 8th grade
    2014
    • Piper Gillam, flute, 7th grade
  • Fairfax County, VA District XI All-District Band

    2017
    • Amanda Welch, flute, Symphonic Band, 10th grade
    2016
    • Amanda Welch, piccolo, Symphonic Band, 9th grade
  • Muse Machine

    2017 Hairspray
    • Michael McCann, flute/piccolo/recorder/clarinet/soprano sax/alto sax/tenor sax
    2016 Mary Poppins
    • Michael McCann, flute/piccolo, 9th grade
    2015 Oliver!
    • Michael McCann, flute/piccolo, 8th grade
    2014 Seussical!
    • Caleb Dilsavor, flute/piccolo, 12th grade
    2011 Summer Production
    • Maura Wenk, clarinet, graduate
 

Lessons in the Condon Music Studio

The Argument for Studying with a Great Teacher

Why Study With a Great Teacher? (For any instrument or subject)

When children first begin school, we hope they get the best teachers for all their school subjects. For example, for a child that has trouble with math, we hope for the best math teacher to help strengthen weaknesses and catch the child up to his or her peers. This will, in turn, increase confidence and even rekindle curiosity in the subject. For the child that loves math and wants to be an engineer, we hope for the best math teacher that will challenge the student’s abilities, even surpassing peers, and allow the student to advance at an accelerated pace. This child will become well-prepared for a future in math, should he or she choose. A great teacher is able to and will help a student make progress no matter their future professional goals. Just like in the academic subjects, it is important to have a great music teacher at all ability levels.

First, a great teacher is able to quickly identify and correct problems the student has, thus alleviating frustration and allowing the student to overcome problems and make quick progress. Noticeable progress is motivating and keeps students satisfied and improves confidence. Second, a great teacher also teaches the students how to practice effectively and efficiently to maximize learning and progress. Even students that begin lessons hesitantly because of the work have realized that the efficient practicing that is required for lessons allows them great gains over a short period of time. Lastly, students that would like to earn scholarship or participate in selective ensembles maximize their chances by studying with an absolute expert in teaching the subject from the very beginning of their studies.

Students that start with taking lessons with a great, experienced teacher either at the very beginning of playing or within their first year are at a great advantage. Starting lessons earlier in a student’s musical career helps develop great habits for playing. Also, studying with an amateur teacher or an inexperienced teacher can allow students to develop beginner habits that hinder growth. Students that start taking lessons after a few years of playing often take significantly longer time to unlearn habits that have led to frustration (and sometimes wanting to quit altogether), such as improper hand position, embouchure, fingerings, and breathing problems. These students should expect a period of 3-6 months to break habits and develop foundational tone and technique. At the same time, the students that start private lessons earlier find more satisfaction, motivation, confidence, and success and are less likely to quit.

A great teacher is concise and effective. If your child can learn to do multiplication well in 1 month with a teacher or in 6 months with added frustration, the choice is easy to make.

 

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Flute Ensemble

The studio has had a number of student-named ensembles over the years. The flute ensembles consist of private students interested in performing different types of music and various venues. The ensemble includes piccolo, flute, alto flute, and bass flute. We play a variety of music including new music with extended techniques. We perform every year at local churches, nursing homes, and the Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA). At Christmastime we form small ensembles to provide Christmas music to local nursing homes during dinner.

Flute Ensemble

For non-students, small ensemble coaching is available at $15/student/hour.

 

  • Twisted Trillers at COFA 2017 playing Ian Clarke's Within
  • Twisted Trillers play Christmas Jazz Suite 2016
  • Twisted Trillers play Jupiter Melody from Holst’s Planets May 2016
  • Twisted Trillers play Norwegian Dance by Grieg May 2016
  • Twisted Trillers at COFA 2016 playing Wil Offermans’s Bamburia
  • Twisted Trillers at Chicago Flute Club 2015 playing Magic and Mystery Suite
  • Sakura arr. Lombardo performance at COFA 2015
  • Zig Zag Zoo by Ian Clarke performance at COFA 2014
  • Snow break by Kütt at COFA 2014
  • Carol of the Bells Christmas 2014
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain Christmas 2012
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lessons vs. Band class

In band class, students learn teamwork through ensemble playing and get exposed to different kinds of music. A band program’s biggest asset is students taking lessons from highly qualified private teachers. When the individuals in the band can play at a high level with beautiful tone, intonation, and musicianship, the band music can also play to those standards. A band director has a huge job to teach 60+ students on 15+ instruments for a <1 hour period. It would be unfair to expect a band director to teach each student individually in such a large class on such a mix of instruments, with a large variety of idiosyncrasies per instrument and per student. Qualified private teachers are key!  

Why one-hour lessons?

Within one lesson, we need time to time to warm up, assess and correct assignments, and teach new skills. Thirty-minute lessons work well for beginners to build a base for learning. Once a student has a foundation, an intensive hour is needed to properly build upon those foundational skills to develop advanced musicianship!

In a one-hour lesson, I break it down so that students will have the best use of their lesson time. It takes about 15-20 minutes to warm up properly and learn to improve tone through tone studies. We then spend another 15-20 minutes working on scales and scales patterns (the foundation for all music, i.e. band and solo music) and technique studies. We then spend the remainder of the lesson on etudes, difficult parts of band music, and solo repertoire to learn musicality, interpretation, and theory of music. Within the lessons, I make a point to teach the students how to practice, not just play through, the music at home, how much time they should spend on each item, and what the goals are for each item. I believe that it is important as a teacher to teach the students practice techniques for home practice to ensure efficient progress and use of time.

When should I start taking lessons?

Students that start taking lessons earlier develop good habits from the start and get past the frustrating beginning stages of playing more quickly. Students that start taking lessons later spend more time unlearning bad habits and relearning basics properly in order to make the gains they desire.  Many of my best students have started as young as elementary school or first year of band.

Why take lessons? Can’t I learn it in a book?

A good book will tell you which buttons to press down and the rhythms will tell you when. However, a book doesn’t give you feedback on tone, hand position, posture, breathing, musicality, phrasing, and everything that makes making music a form of human expression. A great teacher can quickly identify problem and instruct the students how to correct them. A great teacher is going to help a student move past the frustrating beginning stages of playing more quickly than a book, helping the learning process become more rewarding.

Can’t I learn to make a good sound from listening to recordings?

You should learn what a great sound is through listening to recordings, but only a qualified and experienced private teacher can tell you exactly what to do with you mouth, lips, jaw, tongue, tongue, throat, posture, etc. to get you to make your best sound. Everyone has their own voice on an instrument and everyone’s voice can be developed into something beautiful!

Who should I take lessons with?

It is important to find a teacher with an expertise in teaching that instrument and will challenge the student to be his/her best. An effective teacher will quickly identify problems and teach the student how to fix them. An effective teacher will insist upon the basics being learned first and teach the student to build upon them. An effective teacher will insist upon only the best from each student and will not allow mediocrity.

What should I learn in lessons?

For a checklist for finding a new teacher, click HERE. In lessons, primary attention should always be given to the foundations such as posture, hand/finger position, breathing, tone, and scales so that they can be built upon with etudes and repertoire. Learning foundational skills will make all music you play much easier, from band music, to solo music, to audition music! This means you will be able to play more types of music! .

My cousin/sister/friend/uncle played X instrument in high school. Isn’t he/she “good enough” to teach me?

For a teacher to be “good enough”, please consider this - When a student takes math, english, science, we want them to have expert teachers that have been trained to teach in that area at a high level. Even if a student doesn’t plan to become an engineer, writer, or scientist, we want the best trained teachers! But why? Because a great teacher is effective and efficient! That means that the students are able to improve quickly, minimizing frustration. A frustrated student that is not improving is frequently turned off of the subject due to lasting frustration. Conversely, a student that makes quick progress feels more enjoyment and satisfaction and is more likely to be encouraged by the progress to go farther. A cousin/sister/friend/uncle who has played the instrument at a high school level does not have the expertise to effectively and efficiently teach a student. Qualified professionals are key to successful band programs and musicians!

What do I need to do to take lessons with you?

If you have a curiosity for music, want to improve quickly, have a positive attitude and willing trying new things, and are ready to commit to regular practicing (at least 5 days per week at 30 min/day for jr high or 1 hr/day for high school and above), please inquire about openings in the studio!
 

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Balance

A healthy, balanced lifestyle for a happy, healthy person

Playing a musical instrument is physically demanding. Keeping your body fit through regular physical activity is beneficial to your playing. It is possible to do both music AND sports with a balanced lifestyle. I recommend finding a sport that is fairly accessible and takes up a manageable amount of time. For example, as a speed skater, I train about 1 hour per day 5 days per week. My training involves a variety of skating, running, cycling, and dry land exercises. Local 5K races and triathlons are great for setting goals in your physical fitness.

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Contact

For inquiries about private lessons, performances, or clinics, please contact me below with your name, a bit about yourself and the inquiry, and contact information. I will get back to you shortly!

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