Pax Dei Trio

Performers



Shannon Wise, Soprano

Shannon Wise has a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She made her professional singing debut in September 1999 with the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia (OTNV) as Bertha in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and she received the Artist of the Year award from OTNV in 1999. From 2003 - 2009 Shannon was a professional member of the Master Chorale of Washington, under the direction of Donald McCullough. She performed as a soloist in the Chorale's performance of the Rutter Gloria! in the Kennedy Center and Berkey's Arma Lucis at National Presbyterian Church.

After running a private voice and piano studio from 1999 through 2004 in Alexandria, VA, Shannon began her work in choral conducting in 2004 at Oakton United Methodist Church where she served as Music Director until 2010. She currently works at Herndon United Methodist Church as the Director of Traditional Music, where she directs several vocal ensembles, two handbell choirs, and coordinates special music for both traditional worship services. She has organized several benefit concerts and fundraising recitals for both local and global charities over the past decade and is thankful for the opportunity to continue these endeavors, both at HUMC and through her work with the Pax Dei Trio. Shannon has a love of all genres of music and enjoys performing a wide variety of styles in both her solo and ensemble singing. She resides in Herndon, VA with her loving and supportive husband, Mike, and her three amazing children - Emma, Joshua and Aaron.



Jaime Schermer, harpist

Jaime Schermer received her Bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College where she studied music and psychology. She completed additional training in music therapy at Augsburg College. As a pianist and harpist, she has been performing professionally for weddings, church events, benefit concerts, and other special events for about 15 years. Music has been an important part of her life, and she has always had the desire to share her love of music with others. After several years of working in nursing homes as a Therapeutic Specialist and Music Therapist where she provided therapeutic activities and bedside harp visits, Jaime returned to school to complete the music education program at George Mason University.

Jaime is an elementary music teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools and teaches private lessons in her home studio. She continues to play harp professionally as a soloist, accompanist, and in small chamber ensembles in the Washington DC metro area. Through the years, she has studied harp with Sunita Staneslow, Valerie Weber, Andrea Stern, Kathy Kienzle, and Jeanne Chalifoux. She has found her work with the Pax Dei Trio to be very uplifting and inspiring. Jaime resides in northern VA with her loving and supportive husband and two wonderful daughters.

Gail Hambleton, flutist

Gail Hambleton has spent her life pursuing the art of flute performance and pedagogy. She studied music at Ohio State University and at the University of Alaska Anchorage where she served as the adjunct professor of flute for three years. Gail has studied extensively with renowned flutists in the United States and overseas, including Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Scott Goff of the Seattle Symphony. She has additional training in the system of Suzuki flute instruction. Gail was principal flutist of the Zimbabwe National Symphony for four years and performed the "Katchaturian Concerto" with that Symphony.

Gail has taught flute for thirty-two years, including the sixteen years that she lived in Alaska. She frequently had students go on to major or minor in music at the collegiate level. Gail performs solo and chamber music concerts on a regular basis and has played with various ensembles such as the Anchorage Festival Orchestra, and the Anchorage Opera. Gail was president of the Anchorage Flute Society for three years and conducted the Anchorage Flute Choir for four years. She was the Director of the Arctic Wind Junior Flute Choir and is a member of the National Flute Society.

Gail was instrumental in establishing the humanitarian aid organization "Women for Women International" in Rwanda in 1997. She was able to fundraise for the initial budget of the organization with concerts and the help of her fellow musicians. Gail also founded "Families for Children", a nonprofit project to help orphans in Nepal.

Gail relocated to Fairfax, VA where she works with the Global Peace Festival Foundation as Director of Interfaith Partnerships. She is the proud mother of three beautiful children.

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