Biography

The award-winning GS Duo formed in early 2010 during their undergraduate classical studies at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. Flutist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Smith have delighted audiences across the entire United States and in concert as far away as Assisi and Cervo, Italy. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music.

 

Eager to advance their careers as a substantial component of the musical world, the Galestro-Smith Duo has studied under and participated in master classes with internationally renowned artists. These teachers have included: Jonathan Snowden (UK), Matteo Mela (IT), Julian Gray, Stephen Aron, João Luiz (BR), Jeffrey McFadden (CA), Nicholas Goluses, Stephen Robinson, Linda Mark, George Pope and Roland Dyens (FR). The duo has performed for international events and festivals for the National Flute Association, GuitarSarasota, Suonare in Italia, and the Mediterranean Guitar Festival. Most recently in 2016, the GS Duo was awarded a top prize in the Chamber Music division for The American Prize Competition and in June 2014, 1st prize in the ensemble division at the Southern Guitar Festival in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Angela and Jonathan each received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory, Masters of Music from The University of Akron, and Bachelors of Music from Stetson University. They currently reside in Sarasota, FL where they are continuing their music careers through local and remotely produced projects.

Dr.

Angela Galestro

Dr. Angela Galestro is a native of Sarasota, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia where she studied with world-renowned flutist Jonathan Snowden. Angela served as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio at Shenandoah from 2014-2018 where she taught applied lessons, was director and conductor of the Flute Ensemble, gave masterclasses on flute history and development, and instructed classes on scales, technique, and sight-reading for undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and artist diploma level flutists. Currently, Angela is the Instructor of Flute at the Sarasota Music Conservatory and has been appointed Director of the Gulf Coast Flute Choir.
Angela has notable professional experience performing around the world in cities throughout the USA, Europe, and South America. She has played the flute, piccolo, and alto flute professionally in symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, musical theatre, and chamber music ensembles including performances at Carnegie Hall.
 
​Angela performs regularly with her husband, guitarist Jonathan Lee Smith, in the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble GS Duo. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American, and popular music. Most recently, GS Duo won second place in The American Prize Chamber Music Competition making them the only two-person chamber music ensemble to earn a top prize in this category.
 
Dr. Galestro is an ardent advocate of wellness for musicians and embeds this in every encounter. Having lived through and fully recovered from two significant injuries, she has gained a unique perspective in advancing her pedagogical practices and promoting injury prevention and stress management for musicians. In April 2020, Angela accepted an offer to be the guest speaker for the College Music Society Wellness Webinar Series, and in October 2019 was invited to present at the Florida State Music Teachers Association Conference: “Music Meets Medicine” where she presented a lecture titled Pedagogical Perspectives highlighting her story along with breaking down the stereotypical wall surrounding injury and illnesses affecting musicians today. Particular emphasis is placed on the critical role of caring and creative music teachers in the prevention and recovery of injured students. Through these experiences, Angela holds a demonstrated history of extensive knowledge and experience including musicians’ neurological conditions, overuse injuries, performance anxiety, hearing health, external trauma, and musical occupational muscular-skeletal injuries.

Dr.

Jonathan

Smith

Award-winning guitarist and music producer Jonathan Smith continues to earn recognition as a superior artist through collaborative work, individualized pedagogy, and modern production technologies. 
Jonathan has received awards in a number of competitions including 1st place “James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition 2014;” 1st Prize “Southern Guitar Festival 2014, chamber division;” 3rd Prizes in both the Classical and Blues/Rock categories of the “Wilson Center Guitar Festival and Competition 2013;” and highly commended for the Stetson University Concerto Competition in 2010.
Though trained as a classical guitarist, Jonathan is equally at home with jazz, pop, rock and fusion styles. He performs both solo and collaborative works, with one, in particular, being a flute and guitar ensemble, GS Duo. With flutist Angela Galestro, the award-winning duo has delighted audiences across the entire United States and in concert as far away as Argentina and Italy. Other collaborations include Shenandoah Conservatory’s Edge Ensemble, Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, Carbone-Smith Duo and Florida hit rock band, Run Rhino. Jonathan’s contribution to new music with Shenandoah Conservatory’s Edge Ensemble includes performances of works by and for David Lang, Oscar Bettison, Jonathan Newman, and David T. LittleJonathan has featured his versatility, notably with Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, on many fretted instruments like banjo, mandolin, and steel-string guitar. 
Teaching music and developing his own pedagogical methods is at the forefront of Jonathan’s career. He manages and teaches at Sarasota Music Conservatory which holds a network of talented students and faculty members. Through a foundation of classical studies mixed with an upbringing in popular culture, Jonathan’s teaching methods cater to all ages and learning styles. Jonathan regularly teaches classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, and beginning piano. Further, the genre focus is specific to the student’s strengths, background, and ambitions. Being a well-adversed teacher would not come without Jonathan’s teachers and mentors. These mentors include Dr. Stephen Robinson, Stephen Aron, and Julian Gray.
 
Jonathan received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory, a Master of Music from The University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. In addition to being a performer, teacher, and recording artist, he is a music producer and sound engineer at Glaize Avenue Studios