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Neldys Crespo

Artist Profiles

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Jazz/Pop Concerts at Rio Carrabelle

Neldys Crespo
May 1 and May 2

Neldys Crespo is a classically trained soprano,

graduating magna cum laude with a BA in vocal

performance from Wright State University where

she was a two time winner of the "Concerto Aria

Night Competition". She took first place her

sophomore year with her performance of

"Les filles de Cadix" by Leo Delibes, and again in

her senior year with her performance of Norina's

Aria, "Quel guardo cavaliere" from the opera Don

Pasquale by Donizetti. 

In 2015 she was selected for a special master class with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart and acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano Ellie Dehn. in 2016 she was again selected for a special master class with the renowned Celtic Tenors. 

She toured with the prestigious Wright State University Collegiate Chorale throughout Italy, performing in St. Peters Basilica and St. Mark's Cathedral. In 2014 she performed in the Vivaldi Gloria at Carnegie Hall. Recent vocal roles include Papagena in Die Zaberflote, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. 

She is a soloist with the Bay Area Chorale Society where she has performed in Mendelsohn's Elijah and Debois' Seven Last Words of Christ. Currently she is on the Advisory Board at the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe and the Vocal Arts Ensemble in Port St. Joe. She is a native of Dayton, Ohio and teaches Spanish at Port St. Joe High School.





Dr. Tamara Marsh Flowers
May 1 and May 2

Although Dr. Marsh's profession is a

podiatric physician and surgeon, music

has always been her first love. Having

grown up in an Alabama family where

at least 14 family members played

musical instruments, and family

gatherings became "jam sessions",

music is in her soul. She has a natural

voice with a tendency for harmonizing, and has had vocal leads in concerts consisting of gospel, country, and spiritual music.


In high school she developed a passion for Broadway and performed in stage productions of Anything Goes and Annie Get Your Gun. She graduated from Auburn University where she was a member of the Concert Choir and the select ensemble the Auburn University Singers, and toured with those groups singing in venues that included Lincoln Center, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Air Force Academy, and the Pentagon. 

She sings with the Bay Area Chorale Society, the Chancel Choir and Vocal Arts Performance Ensemble at FUMC in Port St. Joe, and has appeared in performances by the Panhandle Players. She also helped organize and lead the Younger Singers group at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. 

Dr. Marsh opened her practice, Coastal Foot and Ankle Clinic, in the Forgotten Coast in 2001. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Fred Flowers, and they have two musically talented children.





Debbie Lindley
May 1 and May 2

Debbie Lindley began piano studies at a

young age, studying with Mary Jane Scruggs

of the Tonsmeire School of Music in Mobile,

Alabama as a preparatory student. She

participated yearly in the the Mobile Music

Teachers' Association and Alabama Music

Teachers' Association competitions and

estivals, winning sonata competitions and

state festivals through the collegiate level. 

She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano studying with Dr. Jerry Alan Bush at the University of South Alabama, and a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with award-winning artist Santiago Rodriguez.

In 2002 she became an Adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a member of the Adjunct faculty at Wright State University, teaching applied piano and keyboard musicianship classes for music majors. At Wright she was also faculty pianist for the Department of Music recitals and the Write State Men's Chorale. 

Her experience as both a soloist and accompanist is extensive, including performances with the New Orleans Symphony, Mobile Piano Ensemble, Downtown Dayton's Urban Nights and the Dayton Art Institute's "Afternoon Musicales."plus numerous recitals of both classical and religious music. She has also been a faculty pianist at the University of Mobile and the Collegiate Chorale's European tour, and an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions throughout the Southeast.

Southern Spain Meets

The Forgotten Coast

Saturday, May 1

Sunday, May 2

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There are no scheduled concerts

at Rio Carrabelle at this time