Argarita is an active flautist, vocalist, composer, and teacher in the New York and Miami Metropolitan areas. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Flute Performance from Stetson University, a Master’s of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. Academically, Argarita is very well rounded and proficient in teaching and performing at the highest level.
Argarita has been singing since the age of 5, playing the flute since the age of 10 and has been privately teaching students for over 20 years. She has studied with James Spaulding, Cecil Bridgewater, Daryl Jordan, David Baker, Lida Baker, Luke Gillespie, Whit Sidener, Gary Keller, and Dwayne Kerr.
In 1999, Argarita won a National Competition to play in Italy for 3 months with the Internationale Roma as Principle Flautist. She has opened for Diana Ross, sang background vocals for George Benson, and performed alongside Roseanna Vitro, New York Voices, and Steve Miller. Argarita also toured with the Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale throughout Florida and the continental U.S.
Most notably, Argarita has played alongside Ray Chew, Najee and Dave Valentin. She has had solo appearances at the world famous Madison Square Garden Arena and the Apollo Theatre. She has also played with various groups at Radio City Music Hall, The Manhattan Center, and Madison Square Garden’s WAMU Theatre.
Argarita has played alongside jazz legends James Spaulding, Cecil Bridgewater, and David Baker. She has also recorded a flute track for Rachelle Ferrell’s original “I Forgive You” from her “Originality” album.
Argarita is currently working on original music for her new album. She has an iTunes single already recorded and on sale entitled “Take Me Away”.
As the Deer & Great is Thy Faithfulness
Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
Take Me Away (flute) Click to Buy on iTunes