Robert Gruca is an exciting guitarist who performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. In recent seasons he has toured throughout the US and into Canada. Possessing powerful musical interpretation and complete technical command over his instrument, Robert Gruca has earned several first prizes in national guitar competitions including Columbus State Guitar Symposium & Competition, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, and the East Carolina University Guitar Festival Competition. He was a top prize winner in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and a semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. To date, Robert has published two CDs. In his 2006 debut he recorded solo guitar works by Bogdanovic, Koshkin, Dyens, Rodrigo, Schubert and J.S. Bach. In 2012, Robert completed a recording of several pieces by Handel including some original transcriptions, released on the MSR label in 2012. In addition to performing, Robert Gruca is a highly motivated and dedicated guitar instructor. Robert started the first Suzuki Guitar program in Northeast Ohio at the The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio.
A dynamic and versatile musician, flutist Linda White excels in an array of musical styles and plays the entire spectrum of flutes from the piccolo down to the contrabass flute. Comfortable with both written and improvised musical forms, Linda can be seen performing in a wide variety of ensembles. Linda is a founding member of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with The Cleveland Pops, The Cleveland Opera Orchestra, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and The New World Symphony. An avid chamber musician and champion of contemporary music, Linda regularly collaborates with the composers of The Cleveland Composers Guild, and performs their pieces at venues throughout the Great Lakes region. An engaging teacher, Linda teaches at The Music Settlement, where she has students of all ages and abilities, coordinates a chamber music program for adult amateurs, and, along with her colleague Jane Berkner, directs two flute choirs. Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming, then moved to Ohio and earned her Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Khaner.