Hilary Abigana (B.M. & P.C. - The Eastman School of Music, M.M. - Rice University) is the flutist for The Fourth Wall, a hybrid arts ensemble in which musicians are also actors and dancers. The Fourth Wall tours nationally having performed at venues from Alaska to Boston including featured events at three National Flute Association Conventions. The Fourth Wall pioneers new performance strategies such as Mixer, an audience interactive performance project where audience members are also performers and Fruit Flies Like a Banana, a hybrid arts sprint-triathlon in which the ensemble performs over 20 pieces in 60 minutes with the audience determining the show order. While at Eastman, Hilary won the 2003 Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition allowing her to perform with the Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in a gala concert honoring Professor Emeritus, Joseph Mariano. She has also won the Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, was a prizewinner at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, and a silver medalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She is currently a member of two regional orchestras in the Midwest, is Co-Director of the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, maintains a full private studio, teaches at Ivy Tech Community College, is a faculty member at Floot Fire (Dallas, TX) and the International Flute Symposium, performs with the Indianapolis Ceílí (Irish) Band, and freelances in the Indianapolis area. Please visit www.HilaryAbigana.com or www.TheFourthWallEnsemble.com for more information.
A native of Ithaca, New York, Liisa Ambegaokar Grigorov is a member of Fingerlakes Flutes and has performed with the Albany Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Grassroots Festival Orchestra, the Cornell Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble X, as well as with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra and Cornell University Wind Ensemble as concerto soloist. A founding member of the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble, she is also a board member of the Troika Association which sponsors concerts of new music and dance. A Lecturer in Music at Nazareth College, she is flute instructor as well as the director of the Flute Chamber Ensembles. For over fifteen years she has taught private flute lessons at Cornell University where she was recently appointed visiting-lecturer in music. In addition, she has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Mansfield University, and 171 Cedar Arts Center. A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, she received a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from Ithaca College. Her teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Thomas Nyfenger, Samuel Baron, John Krell, Neal Zaslaw and Joyce Catalfano.
Hailed as “one of the finest flutists of her generation” (Flute Network) Laura Barron made her solo debut, at age seventeen, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has given recitals and taught master classes from New Zealand to the Yukon, premiered over fifty works with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and played several concerts at Carnegie Hall. Formerly the flute professor at the Universities of Oregon, Wisconsin, and Northern Arizona, Laura now lives in Vancouver where she has founded and runs the non-profit, Instruments of Change. This organization’s arts-based community development projects include teaching music to women in prison, bringing arts performances to schools, and facilitating writing projects with immigrants, seniors and youth. Also a writer and interdisciplinary artist, Laura tours with her original recital theater piece, What Moves Us, and performs with her duo Forbidden Flutes. Laura is a member of Something Collective, an interdisciplinary artist team that served a two-year Vancouver Parks & Recreation residency. And she recently completed her first novel, Mosquito Chronicles. laurabarron.net, instrumentsofchange.org
Joanna Bassett plays 2nd flute and piccolo in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and began her orchestral career as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has performed with the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Rochester and the First Muse series at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. As a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, she collaborated in memorable chamber music recordings with soprano Benita Valente and mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. Cary Ratcliff’s “Five Joys: Gitanjali Dances” was a co-commission by Ms. Bassett and the Rochester Flute Association for her 2005 Flute Fair Recital, and a new sonata for flute and piano by Ken Kreuzer was recently commissioned as a special birthday gift from her husband. Ms. Bassett has degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Walfrid Kujala and the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Bonita Boyd and Leone Buyse. She was the founding president of the Rochester Flute Association and also from 2011-1013; she is also is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic League board. Joanna enjoys teaching in her home flute studio and is looking forward to being Program Chair of the 2015 NFA Convention.
Bruce Bodden - ESM class of 1986. Graduate school at Boston University 1986-88 (studied with Leone Buyse; got tired of school & never finished MM). Principal flutist of Spokane Symphony since 1990. Principal flutist of Des Moines Metro Opera orchestra since 2001. Years & years of private teaching, both at home and (2004-2013) Eastern Washington University. Beginning training in physical therapy in September 2013.
Catherine Branch is a passionate advocate of integrating disability advocacy and the arts. As a flutist with cerebral palsy, she holds a unique perspective on music’s ability to act as an instigator of positive change. Ms. Branch is dedicated to exploring the arts as a vehicle to promote social inclusion for people with disabilities, and in 2008 was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to research the role of art in social activism around the world. During her travels she began the “Music of Difference” project: a concert series whose goal is to encourage positive conversations about diversity. The first Music of Difference album debuted in 2011, and as the project grows, a dedication to championing the music of living composers remains at its core. Currently, in addition to working toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, she is a research fellow of the national Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Ms. Branch works at the Institute for Innovative Transition at University of Rochester Medical Center, an organization dedicated to supporting inclusive higher education, competitive employment, and engaged, self-determined community living forpeople with developmental disabilities. To read more about Ms. Branch and her Music of Difference project, visit www.musicofdifference.com.
After being inspired by listening to Bonnie’s incredible Flute Music of Les Six album and reading her thoughtful ideas in print, Carolyn Brown knew the only school she wanted to attend for her doctorate was Eastman. She considers herself so fortunate to have studied at a school with such a tradition of excellence and a teacher like Bonnie! Carolyn is currently Professor of Flute at the University of Central Arkansas and Principal Flute with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. For more details, please go to her ASO webpage:
Flutist Jennie Brown has performed throughout the U.S., and in Japan, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and England. An active performer in Chicago, she performs regularly with the MAVerick New Music Ensemble and elsewhere. She can also be heard on Albany Records. Dr. Brown received Doctorate and Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she won the esteemed Performer’s Certificate, and served as the Teaching Assistant to Bonita Boyd and the Music History department. She received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala, and received her high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed in Music Festivals at Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, and Norfolk. Jennie was a performer and adjudicator for the National Flute Association Annual Conventions in San Diego, Anaheim, and Las Vegas, and she will be serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2014 NFA convention in Chicago. Dr. Brown is a faculty member at Wheaton and Elmhurst Colleges. Please visit www.JennieBrownFlute.com
“The kind of performance that sparks wild standing ovations. Definitive” says the American Record Guide of flutist Linda Chatterton. A Yamaha Performing Artist and soloist, Ms. Chatterton has performed at Carnegie and Alice Tully halls and was a featured recitalist on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago; recent international recitals include concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She has performed and given master classes in Europe, Asia and throughout the US. Her concerts have been broadcast many times on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. As a concerto soloist, highlights include many performances of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto. Ms. Chatterton has commissioned, recorded and premiered dozens of new works, and she has independently released 5 CD recordings. She often can be heard giving her motivational presentation “It Sounded Better at Home!” based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance. “It Sounded Better at Home!” will soon be released as a book. Ms. Chatterton received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. www.lindachatterton.com
Michael Davis is an award-winning flutist, composer and teacher in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, who performs on flutes of silver, cedar, glass and bamboo. He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of South Carolina where, as a freshman, he was entered in the Music Teacher's National Association collegiate woodwinds competition and won the national first prize. With advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, he has taught flute and advanced aural skills at Iowa State University and served as piccolo soloist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Dr. Davis is a performing artist member of Thursday Musical and a two time prize winning finalist for the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists. As a composer, his music has been performed all over the United States and in Canada and Europe, on music faculty recitals and by nationally and internationally recognized music ensembles like Zeitgeist and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. In addition to being an MMTA master certified teacher of flute and music theory, he has taught professional development and success strategies to business majors at National American University, where (certified by the Pacific Institute), he also served as an Investment in Excellence facilitator. Former students include college professors, amateur and semi professional musicians, composers and music directors from coast to coast.
Dr. Karen Demsey, MM Eastman School of Music, DMA Rutgers University, is Professor of Flute and Music History at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has published articles on flute pedagogy, and presents clinics and master classes nationally and internationally. She is currently doing research in the US and Europe for an upcoming book on innovative teaching in performance pedagogy. www.wpunj.edu
She recently performed as a soloist throughout China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra on tours of Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Her CD, Recollections of the Inland Sea, internationally distributed on Capstone Records, features music for flute and marimba with Greg Giannascoli, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo. She has premiered numerous works nationally and internationally. She is Co-Director of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their three CDs, with a fourth CD about to be released. www.uptownflutes.com UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as "organic... mesmerizing.... UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind."
Tabatha Easley is Associate Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University. Presenting concerts and masterclasses throughoutthe U.S., Colombia, Scandinavia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, and Egypt, she has also been a soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony, Astoria Sinfonia in New York, the Cole Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Orange County Arts High School Orchestra, Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, The University of Cauca Wind Ensemble in Popayán, Colombia, as well as Orchestra “EAFIT” in Medellín, Colombia.
In 2013, Ms.Easley cofoundedthe AarK Duo with percussionist Justin Alexander. Committed to presenting new works for flute and percussion, the Duo have commissioned and premiered new pieces by Valerie Coleman, John Griffin, and Marco Alunno. They have performed in Sweden and across the United States, and Sydney, Australia. Their first CD, Hair, Cloth and Threadreleased in April, 2017.
Active in several professional organizations, Ms. Easley serves as the Committees Liaison for the National Flute Association after having been the Secretary/Assistant Secretary for two years, and the Collegiate Flute Choir Competition Coordinator for five years. College Music Society Conferences have taken her to Finland, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and in July of 2019, Belgium. She has also performed at the Society of Composers Inc. National Conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference.
Ms. Easley holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music; the first Alaskan to do so. She is also a contributing editor in Charles West’s 2016 publication, Woodwind Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More. Former teachers include Bonita Boyd, Michael Parloff, Martha Aarons, Dr. John Barcellona, and Dorli McWayne.
Nicholas Fitton is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Marina Piccinini. He began his collegiate training with Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music, where he performed regularly with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In 2009 he won the piccolo position for the groundbreaking YouTube Symphony Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. An accomplished piccoloist, he has been second flute and piccolo at the College Light Opera Company since 2010. Returning to Boston in 2011, Nicholas participated in the Young Artist Studio and taught in the Teacher Training Program at the Boston Flute Academy, under the direction of Judy Grant. While in Boston, he continued his flute studies with Adam Workman. He has been a guest artist at the Boston Flute Academy, Boston College, and the Cape Cod Conservatory. He has played in masterclasses for Aaron Goldman, Elizabeth Rowe, Fenwick Smith, Geralyn Coticone, Leone Buyse, Cindy Meyers, Keith Underwood, Nina Assimakopoulos, and Doriot Dwyer.
Cynthia Folio is a composer, flutist, and music theorist. She is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Temple University, where she received a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Creative Achievement Award. She received a Ph.D. in music theory and a Performer’s Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Her compositions have been described as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance” and “imaginatively scored.” Her CD Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute features eight of her compositions, with her as flutist on four of them. She has a jazz flute CD, Portfolio, which is available for download online. She plays flute in several ensembles, including David’s Harp, Glaux, and Latin Fiesta. In addition, she has many articles, reviews, and chapters in books on music theory and analysis.
Equally at home in the solo, chamber, and orchestral stages, Sarah Frisof is a passionate flutist and educator. As a soloist, Ms. Frisof was the second-prize winner of both the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition. Ms. Frisof has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In June of 2016, Ms. Frisof released her first solo CD, The Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner, an authoritative recording of all of Schwantner’s major works for flute.
In addition to Ms. Frisof’s work as a solo artist, she is an active orchestral musician, having worked with major symphony orchestras across the country, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and many others. Ms. Frisof is principal flute of the Dallas Winds, the premiere wind band in the United States. In the summers, Ms. Frisof plays with several festival orchestras including the Sunflower Festival (Topeka, KS), and Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO)
A graduate of the Eastman School, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan, she was formerly the Professor of Flute at University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Frisof is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Maryland.
Allison Garza Jewett was named piccoloist of the Houston Symphony in 2006. She served previously as piccoloist with the Houston Ballet and as a guest with the St. Louis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and Houston Grand Opera. After graduating from Eastman with the class of 1998 she went on the receive her Master's degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Flutist Sophia Gibbs Kim has performed around the world as solo, chamber and orchestral flutist, most extensively under the auspices of the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra and Chamber Players. Highlights include a solo flute residency with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic in Russia (Siberia), as well as appearances for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Society, the Bermuda Arts Festival, the White Nights Music Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia), at Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, both the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), and Smetana Hall (Prague). She has also toured Japan and Taiwan as principal flute with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. She was a prizewinner at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and the National Flute Association Masterclass Performer’s Competition. She has performed and given lectures at the NFA Annual Conventions and the NYSMTA Conference. Sophia is a Senior Flute Instructor in the Eastman Community Music School and faculty at Houghton College. An active performer and educator in the Rochester area, she has served as Board Member and Program Committee Chair for the Rochester Flute Association. She received the Performer’s Certificate, M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the Eastman School of Music under Bonita Boyd, the B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Stephanie Jutt, and also studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts under Philip Dunigan.
Aaron Goldman (BM 1999), Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra since January 2013, joined the NSO as Assistant Principal Flute in September 2006. Prior to joining the NSO, he was Principal Flute of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony. An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Goldman has been featured with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and has performed at several National Flute Association’s annual conventions. He has also performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Players, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and participates in many educational programs with the NSO, including performances in the Family and Terrace Theaters. He has given lectures at the Carnegie Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution such as “The Magical Flute” and “Math and Music: Closer Than You Think” alongside NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers. Mr. Goldman is currently serving on the Board of the National Flute Association and is Vice President of the Flute Society of Washington. He recently joined the faculty of the University of Maryland.
Filipino-American flutist Norman Gonzales is currently principal flute of the Great Falls Symphony (Montana) and Fort Collins Symphony (Colorado). A native of Georgia, he is an active solo, orchestral, and chamber musician, who has won top prizes in Young Artist competitions sponsored by the Atlanta, Central Ohio, Pittsburgh and Rochester Flute Associations. Dedicated to spreading his knowledge and love of music, Mr. Gonzales was a flute instructor at the Eastman Community Music School and a mentor for the New Horizon Bands in Rochester, NY. He served as a Teaching Assistant for world-renowned flutist, Bonita Boyd, at the Eastman School of Music where he received his Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate. When not playing the flute, Norman enjoys cooking, watching movies, and running with his dog, Daphne. http://normangonzales.webs.com/
Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. In October 2010 Alyssa received first prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition where she gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Most recently (2013), she was a finalist in the Byron Hester Competition in Houston, TX. An avid orchestral musician, Alyssa is currently the second flutist of the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally she has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Equally versatile as a piccolo artist, her playing has been praised as “memorable” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Alyssa has also held substitute positions with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Nova, Symphony in C, and New World Symphony. Recently she performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent-Blossom Summer Music Program. Alyssa has participated in such prominent festivals as the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre, Domain Forget, and the Pierre Monteux School. Alyssa has been heard on MPBN, Maine Public Radio, Iowa Public Television, and Iowa Public Radio. Currently, Alyssa is a student of BSO principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe and piccoloist, Cindy Meyers. She holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow. Alyssa also earned a certificate from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.
Amy Hamilton received a Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Doctor of Music from Northwestern University. Her major teachers include Bonita Boyd and Walfrid Kujala. Currently, she is Professor of flute, conducts the Laurier Flute Ensemble and coordinates the wind department at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada, and has coached flute chamber music at the University of Toronto. In addition to her duties at Wilfrid Laurier, Dr. Hamilton appears in solo recitals and chamber concerts and has released a solo CD of Canadian music titled Canadian Music for Flute and Piano and chamber music CDs titled Canadian Flute Quartets with Quartet Laurier, Canadian Flute Duos, and Tryptique featuring music for flute, oboe and piano with the Meridian Trio. Dr. Hamilton has completed annotated bibliographies of flute and piano and flute chamber music found in the Canadian Music Centre collection, and the Laurier Flute Ensemble under her direction has recorded a CD of Canadian flute octets titled 8 Pieces for 8.
Since leaving Eastman, Maria Harding has been the Principal Flutist of the Omaha Symphony since 1997. She has also played with the Kansas City Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, and has held the position of Principal Flute with the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her full-time orchestral schedule, Maria gives over 30 solo performances a year. Organizers of the National Flute Association convention recently invited her to perform as part of their “Generation X All-Stars” series, and in 2012 she presented Bloch’s “Suite Modale” with chamber orchestra as the centerpiece event in the Springfield-Drury Music Festival. Locally, she dedicates considerable time bringing music to Omaha senior centers, children’s hospitals, and hospice facilities. Maria enjoys a large and lively private teaching studio. She hopes to perpetuate the caring guidance she received from Bonita Boyd! website:www.mariaharding.com/
Alyce Johnson is the piccolo player with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the second flutist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at the DePaul school of music. Previously she served as the principal flutist in the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra for four years. Ms. Johnson left Shanghai in 2003 to join the New World Symphony Orchestra for one season, which included tours to Rome and Carnegie Hall. She was a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition performing Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto. Other solo appearances have been with the Chicago Philharmonic, Bach Week Festival, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony, and the New Eastman Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Johnson received both her Masters Degree and a Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill and has participated in various summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival. Her most influential teachers include Bonita Boyd, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Fenwick Smith, Mary Kay Fink and Elizabeth Rowe.
Jessica Johnson (B.F.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Eastman, D.M.A. University of Wisconsin Madison) was a founding member and flutist for the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound from 2001-2007. From 2007-2011 she was the Communications Manager at the Thurnauer School of Music in NJ, and from 2012-2013, Manager of Education and Community Engagement at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She is a proud stay-at-home mom with a great passion for knitting and being outdoors, and currently lives in India with her family. She is married to a fellow Eastman graduate, percussionist and composer Payton MacDonald. http://www.saffronwindowsill.wordpress.com
Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979 at the age of 22 after earning a bachelor of music from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with the legendary teachers Walfrid Kujala, James Galway, and Bonita Boyd. She came to New York after playing with the Rochester Philharmonic for three years with her teacher Bonita Boyd as principal flute. Ms. Kaufman has appeared both as a piccolo and flute soloist under the direction of Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. In addition to playing solo piccolo with the Philharmonic, her career includes performances as associate principal flute from 1995-2004, and from 2007-2013. In 1989-1990, she performed as principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony. She recorded Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto for Naxos, and has a solo CD titled French Flute Music. She has performed on more than 40 film soundtracks.
As the flute professor at University of Illinois, Jonathan Keeble is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicality. In high demand as performing artist and master class clinician, he has been described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” and is among the leading performer/pedagogues of his generation. Jonathan’s passion for new music led him to commission many new works for the flute from rising young composers. From these efforts come the recently released, critically acclaimed recordings, Voyage and Song of the Black Swan as the Aletheia Duo, and Turbulent Winds with the Prairie Winds. Critics have lauded the collaboration in Voyage as being “memorable,” and Keeble’s performance as “spellbinding.” In Song of the Black Swan, his playing is lauded as “exquisite” (Fanfare Magazine) and “Keeble’s depth of tone and palate of colors is magnificent throughout the album. This is a fabulous addition to a … CD collection, both for the quality of the performance and the diversity of the repertoire.” (Flutist Quarterly) He is a regular performer, adjudicator, and presenter at National Flute Association conventions, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Association. Jonathan’s is the flutist for the award winning Prairie Winds and Aletheia Duo, and Principal Flute of the Sinfonia da Camera. He spends summers performing and teaching at Aria International, Madeline Island Music Camp, and at the University of Illinois Pre-College Flute Seminar.
Gina Kutkowski graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1992 where she had the honor of studying with Bonita Boyd. As a recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia. In 1995, Gina was awarded a « diplôme de virtuosité » from the Société Suisse de Pédagogie Musicale in Switzerland. She was Professor of Flute at the Conservatoire National de Tunis in North Africa as well as resident soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Tunis during two years. She then held the position of second flute/piccolo with the symphony orchestra the “Sinfonietta de Lausanne” in Switzerland for nearly a decade. In addition, she has performed with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Presently, Gina is an active chamber musician and teacher in the Geneva region of Switzerland where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Kate Lemmon earned her Bachelor of Music and Performer's Certificate from Eastman in 2012. She is currently a second-year master's student of Paula Robison at New England Conservatory. Kate has taken first prize in the Byron Hester Competition as well as third prize in the New York Flute Club Competition, and she has participated as a flute fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas. In Boston, she performs with Discovery Ensemble and the Boston Philharmonic. Kate also runs her own photography business and loves to photograph flutists! You can view both her photos and flute website at www.KateLemmon.com.
Dr. Carmen Lemoine is currently faculty at Skyline College (Flute) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Chamber Music). She is a member of the Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Symphonies. A versatile musician dedicated to performing new music, she has performed with such artists as jazz great Miguel Zenon, Alarm Will Sound, and hip-hop fusion group Ensemble Mik Nawooj. For more information, visit www.carmenlemoine.com.
Kasumi Leonard earned her BM from The Eastman School of Music in 2009. Since then she has been a member of the United States Army Field Band, a group that tours the country over 100 days a year. She has been featured as a soloist with the band numerous times and has appeared on the educational DVD, Flute Fundamentals. While Kasumi was at Eastman she performed with The New York String Orchestra, The National Orchestral Institute and The Buffalo Philharmonic. She is originally from Seattle, Washington and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Her teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Lindblom Harrow and Bonnie Blanchard.
Anne Lindblom Harrow is the Associate Professor of Flute and Piccolo at the Eastman School of Music. She is solo flutist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the professional summer chamber orchestra of the Adirondacks. Formerly principal flutist of the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Anne has performed with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and the Skaneateles and Spoleto festivals. Anne earned her BM and PC in 1981 and later returned for her MM in Performance and Literature. Her daughter Naomi joins Bonnie's flute studio as a member of ESM Class of 2017 and is Bonnie's first "grand-student".
As CultureMap’s listings editor and arts/food writer, Joel Luks’ (BM 1995, performer's certificate) columns explore Houston’s creative community, with special emphasis on classical music, education and multidisciplinary arts. He pores over thousands of local offerings to curate an extensive lifestyle events guide, manages social media channels and contributes to social marketing and conversation strategies. In addition to producing video segments, Luks is a regular lifestyle contributor on KHOU, Houston's local CBS affiliate. Before joining CultureMap’s editorial team, Luks worked as the education director of Young Audiences of Houston, where he led more than 100 artists to design arts-in-education curriculum for underserved schools and implemented professional development workshops.
After her achievement becoming 3rd prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Sanae Nakayama pursued a successful career as a concert flutist and a teacher for nearly two decades. She was one of the most sought-after flutists in Japan playing recitals and appearing as a soloist with orchestras all over Japan and abroad. She also released two albums under the DENON label. Sanae was an associate professor at Musashino Music College in Tokyo and a visiting instructor at the Elizabeth Music University in Hiroshima and had taught at these schools for more than 15 years. Her acquiring of focal dystonia, however, compelled her to begin a new chapter. Two years after relocating to New York City with her husband, she became interested in ESL (English as Second Language) teaching. She has been teaching English and Japanese at the Berlitz Language Center for 5 years and has recently earned the TESOL certificate at Teachers College Columbia University. For Sanae, Bonnie has always been a role model not only as a tremendous musician but also as a remarkably insightful and inspiring teacher and she will continue to influence her in her future endeavors as an ESL teacher.
Dr. Sean Owen earned his Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1995 and his Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University. He returned to Eastman to earn his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance and Literature. Dr. Owen is a prizewinner of the 2004 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Formerly the flute professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Sean was a member of the Grand Valley Winds, GVSU’s faculty woodwind quintet. Dr. Owen is currently a member of the United States Army Field Band in Washington, DC, the official touring concert band of the United States Army. With nearly 25 years teaching experience, Dr. Owen is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Flute by Music Teachers National Association. He has judged numerous competitions, including the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the Rochester Flute Association Competition, and Maryland Music Educators Association’s All-State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Dr. Owen has served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Central East District and as Program Chairman of the Rochester Flute Association. In addition to serving as Editor for the Central Ohio Flute Association, Dr. Owen has served as Volunteer Coordinator for the National Flute Association Convention and is a past member of the National Flute Association's Online Technology Committee and served as chair of NFA’s Young Artist Competition Repertoire Committee. His teachers include Bonita Boyd, Katherine Borst Jones, Richard Sherman, Joanna Bassett, Heidi Ruby-Kushious, and Beth Owen.http://www.seanjowen.com
Tallon Sterling Perkes, was born on September 6, 1961 and died on October 20, 2012 from pneumonia at 51. Tal played Principal Flute with the San Antonio Symphony. He began his professional flute career as a teenager performing with the San Diego Symphony studying with principal flutist Damian Bursill-Hall. Mr. Perkes received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 1984 where he was a student of Bonita Boyd. While at Eastman he was Principal Flutist on the Eastman Philharmonia's recordings for Mercury records and a member of the Rochester Philharmonic. He has held the positions of Principal Flute with the San Diego Opera Orchestra, Solo Piccolo with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Flute with the Barcelona City Orchestra in Spain. Tal also loved teaching. He taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and at Trinity University for a time, and he gave private lessons. He participated in a program at St. Philip's College that provided lessons to students who couldn't otherwise afford them. When it became clear that health problems would end his musical career, he returned to school and, while still playing full time, earned a masters degree in architecture, and was preparing to embark on a new career at the time of his death.
Appointed by President Tony Woodcock in 2009 as Founder and Director of New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, Rachel Robertswas charged with designing and leading a major new initiative that would equip young musicians with key extra-musical skills to support their artistic careers. Over the last three years, Rachel has launched a wide range of experiential programs and curricula, including a signature grant initiative, courses on arts entrepreneurship, fellowships, creative performance projects, and more. Prior to joining NEC, Rachel served as the first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, working on organization-wide strategic and governance objectives. She led the ASO’s grand opening festivities at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000-seat outdoor facility that serves as the ASO’s summer home. She also instituted the orchestra’s "new traditions" during the inaugural 2008 summer series, including themed cuisines, Top of the Lawn pre-concert talks, audience text messaging, and Backstage Live intermission features. Rachel arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program, working with the orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta. Growing up in Iowa, Rachel studied flute and piano, which led her to pursue a degree in flute performance at the Eastman School of Music. Through the ESM’s Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program, she discovered the full range of professional pathways within the music industry, prompting her to explore a career in orchestra management, beginning as Artistic and Production Assistant with the Houston Symphony. Beginning fall 2013, Rachel will be pursuing part-time graduate studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A student of the Special Studies Program, she will focus her coursework on leadership and organizational change. Throughout her career, Rachel has continued to pursue her passion for flute, and enjoys performing, teaching at NEC's Prep School, and accompanying colleagues across the country.
Adam Sadberry joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as an African-American Orchestra Fellow in the fall of 2018. Adam’s orchestral experience includes performances as principal flutist with the Detroit and Memphis Symphony Orchestras and playing in the sections of the Albany Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds, New World Symphony, and Omaha Symphony. In addition, he was a member of the studio orchestra that recording the soundtrack for the live action remake of Disney’s famous movie The Lion King. As a soloist, Adam has performed concerti with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, Conroe Symphony, and the Detroit Chamber Orchestra. Adam has received top awards and recognition in competitions from organizations including From the Top, Tal Perkes Flute Competition, U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own", YoungArts, National Association of Negro Musicians, Houston Symphony League, Houston Flute Club, and others. As for passing the flute baton along, Adam has taught through the Eastman Community Music School, the Baylor Flute Seminar, and the Southeast Asia Music Festival. He is currently a teacher through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles Lesson Program. Adam received his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Adam is wholly indebted to all of his incredible teachers and mentors including Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Jennifer Keeney, Jeff Zook, Amanda Blaikie, and Sharon Sparrow.
Paula Santirocco (MM, ’89) began her performing career as an undergraduate at Baldwin-Wallace College where she studied with famed pedagogue and Cleveland Orchestra piccolo player William Hebert. Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor’s at BW she played piccolo in the Erie Philharmonic and flute with the New Cleveland Chamber Players while teaching at Cleveland State University. She was appointed Principal Flute in the Akron Symphony and flute teacher at the University of Akron and then returned to her native Rochester to study with Bonita Boyd and obtain her Master’s at Eastman. She returned to Cleveland to become Principal Flute with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera, as well as play in the orchestras for the many Broadway touring shows which stopped in Cleveland. Always drawn to art, she began to paint after nearly 20 years as a performer, and in 2012 had a featured exhibition at the gallery of the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, a show entitled “Inspiration and Imagination.” She feels that her background as a performer led her to paint large canvases with bold color. She has developed experimental techniques working with different media, applying paint with unusual items, creating exciting patterns and textures. Using her own method of layering and overlapping washes of acrylic paint as water medium, she gives her work luminous depth and richness, different from varying angles and light. Although not a collage artist, she sometimes uses (or hides) vintage images of women to express themes of feminine freedom. She also designs and creates unusual jewelry in pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling silver. www.paulasgallery.com
Gina Sebastian graduated with a B.M. from The Eastman School of Music in 2009. She has served as Flutist with The United States Army Field Band since 2010. Gina is a frequent soloist with the band, performing works by Borne, Doppler, Bach, and more. She also co-wrote and appeared on Flute Fundamentals, an educational DVD produced by the Army Field Band and distributed to music educators and students across the US. As a member of The Pentagon Winds, a woodwind quintet with an educational outreach mission, Gina frequently gives recitals and masterclass in colleges and universities throughout the country. She is also principal flute of the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted group based in Washington, DC. Gina won the top prize at the 2007 Rochester Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. She was awarded a fellowship to perform as co-principal flute for the Aspen Music Festival's 2009 American Academy of Conducting orchestra under the direction of David Zinman. An active soloist, Gina has performed at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Association Flute Fair, Texas Flute Society Flute Festival, and The National Flute Association's annual convention. She was most recently on the flute faculty for the 2013 Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy.
Susanna Self, former Principal Flutist of Charlotte Symphony, Acting Assistant Principal and Second Flutist of Baltimore Symphony, and Acting Assistant Principal of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, now lives in Lubbock Texas with her husband cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes. Together they have founded Caerus Ensemble, an innovative chamber group that presents artistic, educational and music therapy-based programs throughout West Texas. She is currently Lecturer in Music at Eastern New Mexico University and Principal Flutist of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.
In addition to serving as principal flute of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Richard Sherman is principal flute of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York and professor of flute at the Michigan State University College of Music. Active as a soloist, orchestral musician and recitalist, he is recognized as a dynamic performer and an outstanding musician with dramatic power. In addition to studying at the Royal College of Music in London, he received a bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. Mr. Sherman is former principal flute with the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra and has given performances as guest Principal Flute with the Chicago Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Toronto Symphony and the Florida Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony and Bridgeport Symphony, among others. He is currently head of winds, brass and percussion at the Chautauqua Music School, part of the Chautauqua Institution. He has given master classes at many universities through the United States, as well as at the Sydney Conservatory in Sydney, Australia, at the Queensland Conservatory in Brisbane, Australia, at the National Brazilian Flute Convention, and more recently in Taipei, Taiwan, during the summer of 2013. Mr. Sherman recorded two albums with pianist Ralph Votapek released on Summit Records, and a third on Lansing’s Blue Griffin Recording label, which will also soon release a recording with his Icarus Trio. Mr. Sherman recorded “The French Album,” with the late pianist Kimberly Schmidt, and his most recent critically-acclaimed album, “French Album Vol. II: Homage to Pedagogy,” was released on the Blue Griffin Recording Label with pianist Ralph Votapek in May 2013. At the MSU College of Music’s 2013 spring graduation, Mr. Sherman was honored with the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jessica Sindell, principal flute of the Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony, has been described as “an expressive champion” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and “superb” by the Oregonian. She was appointed to the post at the age of 22, soon after graduating from the Eastman School of Music. During her years at Eastman, she appeared with the Eastman Wind Orchestra as a concerto winner. She has been offered consecutive flute fellowships to participate in the Aspen Music Festival during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Jessica also played principal flute at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and flute and piccolo at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She has been invited to perform chamber music in the Camera Lucida series in San Diego and Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest Festival during the summer of 2013.When Jessica played Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2012, the Oregon Music News wrote that her “outstanding performance, topped with her marvelous playing of the cadenzas, captivated the audience so much that it applauded at the end of each movement.”
Visit Jessica’s website at http://www.jessicasindell.com
Artistic Planning Manager and
Assistant to the Music Director
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
A native of Vermont, Emily Skala has been the Principal Flutist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1988 and a faculty member of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University since 1989. In 1991, she was awarded the Jean Frederic Perenoud Prize at the Second Vienna International Competition. Her critically acclaimed CD of music by Brahms and Schubert, released in 2001 by Summit Records, is frequently aired on radio stations nationwide. In a whirlwind week in January of 2010 she taught 28 students ages 13-42 in Suanbo, Korea, one of whom is currently a 2013 Masters candidate at Peabody. Former students perform professionally in orchestras from Germany to Korea and from Oregon to Virginia. While herself a student and as a professional, Ms. Skala has performed at many of the world's most renowned music festivals: Aspen, Great Woods, Osaka, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, and Wolf Trap. She looks forward to adding another festival to this list as she joins Maestro Marin Alsop in Campos do Jordao, Brazil, to teach and mentor young South American flutists in the summer of 2013. An expert in orchestral repertoire, Ms. Skala has been called upon to adjudicate and teach at the National Flute Association’s annual conventions, to perform in honor of her former teachers, and to commission new works, specifically by Michael Daugherty and Michael Torke. Her arrangement of Richard Einhorn's flute trio entitled "Felicite's Parrot" is due out later this year, a portion of the profits from which will go to support World Parrot Trust.
A passionate advocate for chamber music, Melissa Snoza currently performs with the Peninsula Music Festival and freelances throughout the Chicago area. Also an active educator, Melissa currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Carthage College, teaches a music entrepreneurship course at DePaul University, and maintains a private studio. As a member of 5HE, Melissa has presented workshops at Northwestern University, Yale, NEIU, UW Milwaukee, and the Colburn Conservatory on arts entrepreneurship and creative programming, and contributes to the Entrepreneur the Arts blog. Previous award credits include First Prize at the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition, as well as being selected as a winner of Northwestern University’s Concerto Competition. She has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, has performed with the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and was the only American flutist invited to the first Music Master’s Course in Kazusa, Japan. Melissa is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, with principal teachers including Bonita Boyd and Walfrid Kujala. Melissa is not only a well-known flutist and teacher in Chicago – she also makes a mean spread of Brazilian food and a mouth-watering chocolate pecan bourbon pie. http://fifth-house.com/artists/melissa-snoza/
Recently appointed principal flutist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Evan Pengra Sult has been praised for his “standout” performances and “elegant solos” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. ’19) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M./P.C. ’17); his principal teachers are Tim Day, Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Bonnie Blanchard. A regular presence at summer festivals, he has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Colorado College Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Texas Music Festival, among others.
Evan was a prizewinner at the Seattle Flute Society’s 2016 Young Artist Competition, has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, and Academy Chamber Orchestra, and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also been a featured guest on 98.1 Classical KING FM’s popular program “Northwest Focus Live!” and has performed live on television in Houston, TX. In 2017 he was elected to the Beta Pi chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the only national music honor society.
Also a writer, Evan contributes to the “Passing Tones” column of The Flutist Quarterlyand was a fellow at the 2018 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. In his spare time, he is an avid reader, crossword puzzler, politics junkie, and Anglophile.
An avid chamber musician and teacher, Sara Traficante performs as member of Vox Metropolis (piano trio), Azuline Duo (flute and guitar), and freelances throughout Ontario. Recent performances include broadcasts on CBC Radio-Canada, appearances at Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamberfest, and The Banff Centre. BM with Performer's Certificate at Eastman studying with Bonita Boyd and MM from McGill University studying with Timothy Hutchins. An active teacher, Sara is Adjunct Flute Faculty at Redeemer University College. Sara maintains a vibrant studio of private students and is founder of the Hamilton Flute Club. Performance and education projects have been generously funded through the Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada, Ottawa Community Foundation and City of Hamilton Arts Awards. Sara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and daughter. They can be found in the neighbourhood playground or escaping to cottage country at every opportunity.
After receiving her M.M. from Eastman, Mary-Ann Tu, played principal flute with the the NJ Lyric Opera , free-lanced playing "broadway" when she moved to New Orleans, and performed/taught at Chengdu University as a guest artist. Shortly thereafter, she detoured into the world of finance to become a a Vice President at Citigroup where she held positions in Credit/Risk, CitiVision andStrategy & Planning. After experiencing 911 first hand, Mary-Ann returned to her musical roots and founded MasterclassesNYC.com to promote concerts and masterclasses for world-class flutists. Additionally, Mary-Ann performs with her virtual band for seniors, directs the NYFC Ensembles program, leads Make Music NY Mass Appeal Flutes, and is spearheading the flute program at an Upper East Side (NYC) private school where she enjoys utilizing innovative technologies to improve teaching. She has written for The British Flute Society, The New York Flute Club Newsletter; she has been interviewed by Making Music Magazine, Make Music New York and the NY Flute Club. In the summer of 2013, she travelled to New Orleans to attend the NFA introducing Keith Underwood and presenting several slideshows. She attributes her love for music to Bonita Boyd. Website: masterclassesNYC.com
A native of Japan, Mihoko Watanabe, is Associate Professor of Flute and a member of the Musical Arts Quintet at Ball State University. Prior to joining the School of Music, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Windsor, Canada. A celebrated and versatile international flutist, she has won competitions and has appeared in Japan, Israel, Germany, England, and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. As a member of the resident faculty woodwind quintet at Ball State University, the Musical Arts Quintet received the prestigious 2010 American Masterpieces: Chamber Music Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, and released a CD entitled American Breeze in 2012. She is the principal flute of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As a pedagogue, she has given numerous masterclasses and has adjudicated competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. In 2005, she jointed the faculty of the Brevard Music Center Festival. Dr. Watanabe has published article, Essence of Mei, from the Flutist Quarterly of the National Flute Association in 2008 and it was been translated into Dutch for the Dutch Flute Association’s Fluit, in 2011 and the German Flute Association’s Flöte Aktuell in 2013. Dr. Watanabe has served as the president of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and she is active for the National Flute Association in USA. She received her Doctorate degree from University of Michigan, where she studied with Leone Buyse and Fenwick Smith, her Masters degree and Performer’s Certificate are from Eastman School of Music studying with Bonita Boyd, and her Bachelors degree is from Musashino Academia Musicae studying with Takao Saeki in Japan.
Dr. Valerie Watts is professor of flute at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches flute to graduate and undergraduate flute students. She is principal flute in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, woodwind-quintet-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma, since 1988. During the summer Watts performs as principal flutist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra led by Maestro Donata Cabrera (San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor). She has appeared with several ensembles and as soloist nationally and abroad, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra (Switzerland & Germany), Bach Camerata (Santa Barbara, CA), Patterson-Watts Duo (Brazil), and The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet (England & Austria). In 2006, she served as artist-in-residence at the Xu Beihong School of the Arts, Renmin University in Beijing, China. In 2012, Watts performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada to honor her teacher, Bonita Boyd, recipient of the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Watts was a 1993 finalist of the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, and is a former fellow at the Bach Aria Institute and Festival in Stony Brook, New York and the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Watts has recorded with the CBS Masterworks, Integra and W.W. Norton labels.
BM—Northwestern University, summa cum laude, MM—Eastman School of Music, DMA—Eastman School of Music
Monica Williams is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and has studied with several esteemed flutists such as Bonita Boyd, Susan Levitin, and Brad Garner. She has performed with orchestras in Rochester NY, Cincinnati OH, and Chicago IL and has toured Europe and the United States. Currently Monica is a member of several contemporary chamber ensembles in the bay area, including Phoenix Rising. Additionally, She is the director of Flock of Flutes, East Bay's première flute choir, and music coordinator for Civic Arts Education, and Center Representative for the Carnegie Hall Music Development Program. She teaches private flute at Civic Arts Center of Walnut Creek and her home studio in San Francisco. Monica has won numerous national competitions, with organizations such as Civic Union League of Chicago, Chicago Flute Club Competition, Rochester Flute Association, Chicago Symphony Young Performers competition, and the National Flute Association.
Carol Winterbourne Lockart received her BM in Flute Performance from the University of CA at Santa Barbara and her MM with a Performers Certificate in Flute from the Eastman School of Music where she studied Flute with Bonnie Boyd. She met her husband, jazz saxophonist Rob Lockart, at Eastman and they were married in 1981. They have two wonderful kids and currently live in Canoga Park California. Carol is a free-lance flutist in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, plays flute in the New West Symphony, and teaches flute at Ventura College. She will always hold Bonnie as one of her greatest sources of inspiration.
Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Assistant Principal Flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she was featured as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition where she was awarded first prize. Also active as an educator and chamber musician, she previously held teaching positions at Xavier University of Louisiana and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and she co-founded and directed NOLA Chamber Fest, a chamber music competition that serves musicians across the Gulf Coast region. She currently coaches for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio. She shares her passion for chamber music with the Milwaukee community by regularly performing with and serving on the artistic board of Milwaukee Musaik. Heather earned a Master's Degree from Rice University and a Bachelor's Degree with highest distinction and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Summer festival appearances include Midsummer's Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. She grew up in Louisville, KY and spent her senior year of high school studying at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers include Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Tallon Perkes, and Donald Gottlieb. When not playing the flute, she enjoys taking brisk walks, hiking, advocating for animal rights, and maintaining a recipe website called Flutes and Veggies.