The Flute Studio holds 14-17 undergraduate and graduate flute majors. The CU flute studio welcomes flutist from all over the U.S. and oversees to receive degrees in BM, BME, BA, MM and DMA. Approximately one third of the studio is from Colorado.
There are three Graduate Teaching Assistantships designated for the Flute Studio. One performs in the Graduate Quintet, an award-winning Woodwind Quintet. The others serve as the studio assistants, teaching non-major flute students, holding sectionals and giving extra help with lesson materials. Both TAs play in major ensembles without exception. Graduate flutists are eligible for other assistantships within the College of Music. For more information on auditioning please visit the Admissions section.
Students have weekly lessons, studio class and extra topic classes (topics have included excerpts, technique, artistry, piccolo, etc…)
The flute studio tremendously benefits from the Collaborative Piano Program. Under the direction of Alexandra Nyugen and Margaret McDonald, collaborative majors learn important flute repertoire, which is coached by our faculty and performed on recitals.
We are fortunate to host guest artists and ensembles annually. Past artists have included Marianne Gedigianne, Leone Buyse, George Pope, Carol Wincenc, Paula Robison, Eighth Blackbird and the Cleveland Orchestra. CU’s music library houses the complete solo collection of legendary flutist Martha Rearick.
All students participate in ensembles, which include Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Opera, Chamber music, Pendulum (a new music ensemble) and the Early Music Ensemble.
The flute studio is a supportive yet intense group of musicians who are passionate about the flute!
CU is dedicated to developing the whole musician. Students are expected to balance academic and instrumental excellence, and have the opportunity to participate in a range of diverse programs, such as the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, classes in the Alexander Technique through our Musicians’ Wellness Program, or participate in one of the many world music ensembles including the West African Highlife Ensemble. For a complete look at these diverse programs, please explore the College of Music site. In addition, the world-class courses offered through the University of Colorado Boulder provide students with a well-rounded education. Many studio members have double majored or minored in other areas including Business, Biology, Engineering and French.
Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” Ms. Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. Ms. Jennings is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and The National Flute Association Young Artists. View Ms. Jennings' full bio.
Prospective students are invited to visit the Boulder campus at any time during the academic year. Studio class is held on Thursdays at 3:30 and is open to any flutist thinking of auditioning. In addition, you are welcome to observe private lessons with advanced notice. If you are planning a visit, please email me your proposed time and we can discuss a good schedule. Because of the large number of students visiting I strongly advise studio and lesson observation over private lessons. Students interested in lessons should email for availability and lesson fee information.
Information about auditions
All graduate auditions will be scheduled for a 30 minutes audition time which will include the formal audition and some informal time for questions and a mini-lesson. Undergraduate auditions are scheduled in the morning with an afternoon informational session set aside for all flutists post auditions. This hour is an opportunity to meet with Professor Jennings, a few of the current studio members, and all auditioning flutists for a fun session in which all are encouraged to bring flutes and comfy clothes! In State undergraduates are strongly encouraged to set-up times prior to their auditions to attend studio class and observe lessons, but are certainly welcome to attend the full day of activities are audition Saturdays.
Flute playing at altitude
Boulder’s elevation (approx a mile high!) makes flute playing somewhat of a challenge. The good news, is almost everyone auditioning from out of town will be having the same experience. In particular, breathing and the sound production in the lower register can be effected. Try and arrive a day or two in advance and be sure and drink lots of water. Lip balm, eye drops, and sleep will also help!
Save some time to walk around the mountains and go downtown to our Pearl Street Mall. There are many good restaurants and shops.
More information about planning your visit is available on the CU-Boulder website
Sorcha Barr is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance and Germanic Studies. Originally taught by Dr. Cate Hummel, Barr studied with Hideko Amano before moving to Boulder, Colorado, to study with Christina Jennings at the University of Colorado Boulder. Most recently, Barr studied with Aleksandr Haskin at the Interharmony International Music Festival, where she was a member of the Festival Orchestra, Opera Pit and multiple chamber groups. In April 2015, Barr performed a recital with repertoire by Phillipe Gaubert, André Jolivet and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Barr has premiered a significant number of works by student composers at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as studying with Dr. Elizabeth Farr in an Early Music Ensemble. In 2014, Barr performed in New York City’s Gallery MC as part of an electroacoustic concert with Circuit Bridges and performed at UMKC’s Composer’s Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri. She has premiered La Voyage by Chelsea Komlisches and Nepenthes by Sara Corry, both at Pendulum New Music Concerts through the University of Colorado Boulder. Barr also played principal flute in the Colorado Young Sinfonia, under the direction of Basil Vendryes, Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Barr has been a featured soloist with a number of orchestras. Her appearances include concertos with the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra in 2012, as well as placing in the Chicago Flute Club student competitions and the Society of American Musicians competitions. Barr received Honorable Mention in both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Crain-Maling Concerto Auditions and the Walgreens Concerto Competition. In April 2012, she was a featured performer on Chicago’s Classic Music Station, WFMT, on their Introductions program for young performers.
Recognized as “a natural flutist-playing with a rapturous tone, clean technique, and soulful music making” by her present and former teacher, flutist Elise Campbell enjoys a diverse musical career as a soloist and chamber/ensemble musician. A senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, Campbell is delighted to study with world-renowned flutist, Christina Jennings. She currently performs with the CU Wind Symphony and is preparing for her senior recital. In addition to her performance degree, Campbell is pursuing a minor in business and will also be receiving an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the College of Music. She is involved with the CU presents Box Office, and has been working closely with her colleagues in the Arts Administration field. When away from her studies, Campbell enjoys the outdoors: hiking, skiing, and biking. She also enjoys cooking, reading and traveling to new destinations.
Meghan Dunne is a senior at CU Boulder, double majoring in Music Performance and Business Management with a certificate in Real Estate. Dunne began her flute studies as Suzuki student at age seven. During high school, Dunne’s teacher, Kim Gandrup, cultivated her enthusiasm and love for the flute. Dunne continued her studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Nancy Stagnitta. She was a part of the Interlochen Music Department’s 50th Anniversary Tour; they performed in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. Dunne thoroughly enjoyed her time at Interlochen, and it has shaped her musical aspirations. She has participated in summer programs such as Wildacres Flute Retreat, ARIA and The Panoramic Flutist. Dunne has performed in master classes with Leone Buyse, Paula Robison, Brad Garner, Bonnie Boyd, Judith Mendenhall, Alexa Still and Goran Marcusson. She placed in the Colorado Flute Association’s Collegiate Competition in 2014 and 2015. Dunne’s principal teachers include Christina Jennings, Nancy Stagnitta, Julie Thornton and Kim Gandrup. Recently, Dunne spoke as a panelist for majoringinmusic.com’s Why to Major in Music and is passionate about entrepreneurship in the arts.
Indigo Fischer, a sophomore majoring in flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, began studying flute privately at age 12. During her sophomore year of high school, she was awarded first runner-up in both the Arkansas MTNA Senior Woodwinds Competition and the Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. This past year, she was the first runner-up in the 2015 Colorado Flute Association Collegiate Competition. Most recently, Flute Talk magazine featured Fischer on the cover of its September 2016 issue and inside as a co-author of the article “Everything You Do Builds From Here: Reflections of Current and Recent Flute Majors.” For her junior and senior years of high school, Fischer attended Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA), where she performed on principal flute, assistant flute and piccolo with the IAA Band and Orchestra. During her time at IAA, Fischer was also an active chamber musician and was one of a select number of student musicians chosen to perform in a collaboration with “eighth blackbird,” a Grammy Award-winning contemporary chamber music sextet. At the conclusion of her junior year, Fischer received a Fine Arts award for high musical achievement, and upon graduating received a Young Scholar award for exemplary academic achievement. An active chamber musician, Fischer has been a member of assorted woodwind quintets, quartets, trios, duos, a Pierrot ensemble and a harp and flute duo, among others. Currently she is loving her time collaborating in a flute and guitar duo with fellow sophomore Max Mondzac. The pair is fortunate to have been guest coached by Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela of the classical Italian guitar duo “SoloDuo,” and both are excited to tackle some of the great flute and guitar repertoire in the upcoming months. Fischer has attended Interlochen Arts Camp (2012), Brevard Music Center (2013, 2014), ARIA International Summer Academy (2015) and Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2016) over the summers. Additionally, she has performed in master classes for Bonita Boyd, Marianne Gedigian, Marco Granados, Paula Robison, Ervin Monroe, Timothy Munro and Linda Toote. Fischer’s primary teachers include Christina Jennings, Nancy Stagnitta, Dr. Erika Boysen and Dr. Ronda Mains. When not playing the flute, Fischer enjoys eating sushi, collecting quotes, page-turning and exploring farmers’ markets with her friends. She also holds a leadership position in CU Boulder’s Diverse Musicians’ Alliance which works to promote diversity within the College of Music.
Sarah Frank is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies with Christina Jennings, pursuing a bachelor in music education. She has studied with Cobus du Toit, Melissa Graham, Ysmael Reyes, Sasha Garver and Jean Madsen. In 2013, Frank was selected as the principal flutist of the Colorado All State Orchestra; she has also performed with the Colorado All State Band and the University of Colorado Honor Band, and served as principal flute in the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra for four years. Frank has performed in master classes with Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Marya Martin and Keith Underwood and attended the Aria International Summer Academy in 2012. A strong advocate for music education, Frank has participated in the CU Boulder Trying on Teaching Program and has taught private lessons on both flute and piano. She aspires to share her joy for music with high school students as a secondary music educator.
Originally from Wyoming, flutist Joshua Hall is a current DMA candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He recently earned a master’s degree in performance from Texas Tech University, where he studied with Lisa Garner-Santa. As a teaching assistant and winner of the school’s concerto competition, Hall taught weekly lessons for the Lubbock Independent School District and performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet in outreach concerts at elementary schools. He also subbed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Amarillo, was awarded honorable mention at the 2014 Texas MTNA Young Artist competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Myrna Brown Competition. This summer, he served on the faculty of the Santa Fe Flute Immersion, where he will again be teaching in the summer of 2017. Hall also enjoys composing, and one of his works, Trio for Three Flutes, has been performed in the U.S., Japan and Spain. His primary teachers include Beth Wasson, Nicole Riner, Christina Jennings and Lisa Garner-Santa.
Flutist Leanne Hampton enjoys an active and varied career of performing and teaching. Currently, Hampton is completing her DMA at the University of Colorado Boulder; she is the instructor of flute for the Continuing Education Department at CU Boulder. Hampton holds a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Colorado and a BA in Music from the University of Central Arkansas. Her principal teachers include Christina Jennings, Dr. Carolyn Brown and Brook Ferguson. Hampton has attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Texas Summer Music Festival and the ARIA Institute. She is a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony's 2016-2017 season. Hampton has also performed with the Boulder Opera Company, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Repertory Theater. Hampton has won prizes at the Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition and the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. She has performed in master classes for the flute clubs of Kentucky, Oklahoma and the Mid-South Flute Society. Passionate about new music, Hampton works frequently with both established and emerging composers. She has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and is a member of the Colorado New Music Ensemble. Recently, she premiered Packer, a semi-staged chamber opera by acclaimed composer, Daniel Kellogg. Most recently, Hampton participated in the Midwest American Composers Exchange Conference and performed works by student composers. Hampton was also a member of the award-winning graduate wind quintet, 40th Parallel, at CU Boulder. 40th Parallel appeared as semi-finalists in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and was awarded runner-up at the MTNA West Regional Chamber Music Competition.
Adrienne Havelka is a Music Education Major at the University of Colorado Boulder studying with Christina Jennings. Originally from Ottawa, Illinois, she studied flute with Cindi Isenhower since age 7. Havelka also loves piano and took lessons under Gail Cross since age 6, and continues her studies with Professor Daniel Sher at CU. In 2009, Havelka lived in Sanary sur Mer, France, for a semester and studied flute with Deny Gamon at L’Ecole de Musique de Sanary sur Mer. She is a four-year member of the ILMEA District 2 band, earning first chair her junior year. In 2014, Havelka played flute in the ILMEA All-State Honor Band, and in 2015 she played piccolo in the ILMEA All-State Band. In the summer of 2013, she traveled to New Orleans for the National Flute Convention, where she played in the National Flute Association High School Flute Choir. During her senior year of high school, Havelka was a recipient of the Semper Fidelis Music Award. She has performed as guest principal with the Dekalb Band and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. Havelka has performed in master classes with John McMurtery, Marco Granados, Brook Ferguson, Marisela Sager, Bonita Boyd and Judith Mendenhall and attended the ARIA International Summer Music Academy in 2016. Havelka loves working with young children and aspires to teach general music. She worked with sixth grade flute players as a sectional coach for the CU Middle School Ensemble program. During high school, she was assistant director for a junior flute ensemble and taught lessons to beginning flutists. She is the piccolo section leader for the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. Havelka was also the cover of the September 2014 edition of Flute Talk magazine. Aside from music, she also loves to travel, read and spend time with her cats.
Kathryn Hendrickson is a flutist and educator from Fairbanks, Alaska. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which she completed under the tutelage of Dorli McWayne. In addition to her studies at the university, she participated in master classes and lessons with Hilliary Abigana from The Fourth Wall, John Barcellona, Nicole Esposito and Carol Wincenc. Hendrickson taught adjunct at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, taught privately and presented master classes throughout rural, interior Alaska. She has enjoyed many rich experiences as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician. Hendrickson played with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra for many years where her role in the section ranged from principal piccolo to assistant principle flute. In addition to orchestral playing, she has a profound interest in both contemporary and classical repertoire for the flute. She has appeared in concerts in South Korea, Canada and throughout the United States. Most recently, Hendrickson commissioned chamber works for flute and percussion from composers Emerson Eads (Alaska) and Lucus Oikle (Canada). Her duo, The Midnight Sun Two, premiered these works with percussionist Christopher Eagles. Hendrickson is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Colorado Flute Association and the National Flute Association. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder. Hendrickson is a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying with the renowned Christina Jennings.
Celeste Landy is a sophomore Norlin Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder. A Colorado native, she studies with Professor Christina Jennings, having studied previously with Heather Davis and Jayne Copland. In high school, Landy performed with the CU Honor Band, Continental League Honor Band, Western State Honor Band and Colorado All-State Band as a featured soloist on the alto flute. Landy is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award and the Colorado Outstanding Musician Award. She has performed in master classes with Brook Ferguson, Naomi Seidman, Bonita Boyd and Judith Mendenhall and has attended the ARIA International Music Academy. During the summer, Landy enjoys sharing her love of music with younger students by working as a camp counselor and private teacher. In her free time, she loves to read, hike and play with her dogs.
Melissa Merkel is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder double majoring in Flute Performance and Biology. She currently studies under flutist Christina Jennings. Former teachers include former Colorado Symphony Orchestra flutist, Maralyn Prestia. As a college student, Merkel has performed with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the University of Colorado Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. She performed in master classes with Jim Walker, Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza at the 2014 Consummate Flutist program. She received Honorable Mention in the Colorado Flute Association's 2014 and 2015 Collegiate Competitions and won the opportunity to perform for Paula Robison in the 2015 Colorado Flute Association Master class Competition. She was also selected to attend Eastern Music Festival for the summer of 2016. Merkel performed with the Colorado University High School Honor Band (2008-2012), Colorado’s All-State Orchestra (2009-2012) and Colorado’s All-State Band (2010-2012). She played first chair with the Valor Symphonics Orchestra (2012-2013). Merkel won the Colorado Flute Association’s Masterclass Competition in her junior year of high school, earning the chance to perform for Juilliard Professor, Carol Wincenc. Merkel further attended master classes through Interlochen and Aria’s Summer Flute Institutes during high school, working with flutists Nancy Stagnitta, Paula Robinson, Judith Mendenhall, Linda Toote, Damian Bursill-hall and Marianne Gedigian. Throughout her education, Merkel has sought to balance flute with her academic endeavors. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the oldest honor societies in the United States, in the spring of 2016. She was selected as a National Merit Scholar in 2012 and won awards through the Optimist Club and Daughters of the American Revolution. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with High Honors. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Callan Miller is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies with Christina Jennings. A native of Michigan, Miller has worked closely with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, participating in their prestigious Civic Orchestra and honors Dorati Woodwind Quintet. As a member of the Dorati Quintet, she was able to perform at pre-concert talks for the DSO. Miller was also very active in statewide competitions and festivals, earning the principal position in Michigan’s High School All-State Orchestra as just a sophomore. In addition, Miller was blessed to attend Grand Ledge High School, noted for their nationally accredited band program. Miller performed with her high school’s wind symphony at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2013. Miller has had the honor of studying privately with Jaimie Wagner, Phillip Dikeman and Laurel Thompson. She has performed in master classes with Paula Robison, Michel Debost, Katherine Borst Jones, Judith Mendenhall, Jeffery Zook and Sharon Sparrow. In addition, she has taken lessons with Marianne Gedigian and Kathleen Chastain. Being a strong advocate of approaching music with sound mind, body, and spirit, Miller is incredibly excited to study in Boulder, a city pulsing with color and the freedom of individuality.
Mara Riley is a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder and is pursuing a degree in flute performance. Riley began playing the violin at age 3, but decided to permanently switch over to the flute after she began playing in 5th grade. Riley began studying with Robin Horne in 2011 and Dr. Nancy Andrew in 2012. She has had the opportunity to work with many flutists, including Viviana Guzman, Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson, Leone Buyse, Alberto Almarza, Jim Walker, Dr. Michelle Stanley, Dr. April Clayton, Philip Dikeman, Linda Toote and Donna Shin. Riley has been a member of the Colorado Springs All-City Band for four years, the Colorado All-State Choir for two years, and the Colorado All-State Orchestra for two years. She also served as principal flutist and soloist in the 2015 and 2016 Colorado All-State Bands. She was a section leader and soloist in the Pine Creek HS marching band and the nationally-recognized Symphonic Band. She was also a member of the Pine Creek Flute Quartet and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony (2013-2014).
Katie Scholl is a sophomore at CU Boulder, studying with Professor Christina Jennings from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who began playing the flute in 6th grade. In high school, Scholl studied with Judy Grant at the Boston Flute Academy, where she was named a BFA Young Artist. At BFA, she participated in a weekly studio class and ensemble, and has had the honor to play for many artists including Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davies, Lady Jeanne Galway, Keith Underwood, Judith Mendenhall and Carol Wincenc. In June 2015, Scholl performed as soloist with the Boston Pops as a grand prize winner of the 2015 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition, where the Boston Globe praised her for “delicately (holding) forth with a round tone.” In high school, Scholl played with the Boston Youth Symphony starting with the BYSO Orchestras in 2010. In 2012, she was named principal flutist of the Rivers Youth Symphony Orchestra in Weston, Massachusetts. During 2013-2015, Scholl participated in numerous honor ensembles, holding principal seats in the 2015 All-State Concert Band and the Eastern District Senior Festival Orchestra. Scholl has spent her recent summers at music festivals, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and ARIA International Academy.
Currently in her third year at University of Colorado Boulder, Margaret Sloyer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in flute performance, with a minor in business. A North Carolina native, Sloyer began her study of flute at 11 under the guidance of Debra Reuter-Pivetta, her teacher of seven years. In high school, she was a Division Winner for four years in the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s Annual Contest, and greatly enjoyed her high school career in the Winston-Salem Youth Symphonies, where she won second place her senior year in its annual Concerto Competition. She was invited to be the first woodwind to participate in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts summer chamber music program, and, in 2012, Sloyer traveled with the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony to perform in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. After meeting and playing for Christina Jennings at the Raleigh Flute Area Association’s annual conference, Sloyer was drawn to apply to the Boulder studio for her undergraduate studies. With the aid of several generous scholarships, Sloyer began her studies at Boulder in 2014. She has been honored to hold principal and piccolo positions in both of the College of Music’s wind ensembles, as well as perform in the University Symphony Orchestra. In her sophomore year, she won first place in the Colorado Flute Association’s Annual Collegiate Competition. Sloyer is also a chamber music enthusiast, and has performed for two years in the undergraduate woodwind quintet, while forming various duos for her own enjoyment. She currently cultivates her interest in Baroque music with her participation in the Early Music Ensemble, and continues her long-time love of piano, studying with Dean Emeritus Daniel Sher. In summer 2016, Sloyer was privileged to attend the Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar, against the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Margaret has had opportunities to play for Leone Buyse, Tadeu Coelho, Patricia George, Claudia Anderson, Brook Ferguson, Julie Thornton and Jonathan Snowden. Upon completion of her studies at CU, Sloyer plans to pursue a graduate degree.
Joanna Hope Toohey is currently a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing a double major in flute performance and history. Since beginning her study of music at age 4, Toohey has developed a wholehearted love for beauty and musical artistry, cultivated through her studies and a variety of musical experiences. In 2016, Toohey attended the ARIA International Summer Music Academy, working with renowned flutists Bonita Boyd and Judith Mendenhall. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Michigan to participate in the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where she was second flutist and piccoloist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and worked with numerous conductors, including Jung-Ho Pak, JoAnn Falletta and John Axelrod. Earlier that year, Toohey was selected as principal flutist of both the Colorado All-State Orchestra and the University of Colorado Honor Band and as piccoloist of the Colorado All-State Band. She loves orchestral playing and has held principal flute positions in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, where she was a prizewinner in the 2013 concerto competition. In the summer of 2014, she performed as principal flutist in DYAO’s concert tour of France, Italy and Spain. Toohey currently studies with Professor Christina Jennings at CU Boulder; her other teachers have included Brook Ferguson, Philip Dikeman, Alexa Still, Bonita Boyd, Judith Mendenhall, Melissa Graham and Gina Vega. She loves playing music in her church, spending time with her friends, and working on her family’s organic farm in Hygiene, Colorado. She is deeply committed to her Christian faith and her church, believing that, as Johann Sebastian Bach said, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Andrew Townsend is currently a sophomore at the University of Boulder, pursuing a double major in flute performance and mechanical engineering. He began playing in fifth grade, and studied the Suzuki method under Margaret Peterson. Townsend has also studied with Pamela Endsley, Julie Thornton, Brook Ferguson, Whitney Kelley and Cobus du Toit. Throughout high school, Townsend participated in Honor Band, All State Band and Golden High School’s orchestra. Outside of school, he participated in the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), and the locally renowned Denver Young Artist Orchestra (DYAO) under Wes Kenney. Aside from flute, Townsend loves to play soccer, bike and ski. He also frequents the Colorado Symphony and Opera.
Colleen White, a passionate performer and educator, made her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at age 16. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra and performed in a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music settings, including performances with the National Flute Association Convention, the Florentine Opera Company, as a semi-finalist in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition and as a finalist in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Young Artist’s Competition. From 2009-2011, White was principal flutist of the Madison Savoyards Opera Orchestra and substitute flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Praised for her brilliant tone and energetic teaching style, White is always looking for new ideas to incorporate in her teaching and playing. She has participated in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Body Mapping for Musicians workshops and has received additional instruction from flutists William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Marianne Gedigian, Lorna McGhee, Tara Helen O’Connor, Keith Underwood and Trevor Wye. Her primary teachers include Christina Jennings, Janet Arms, Brook Ferguson, Dawn Lawler, Carol Meves and Stephanie Jutt. White holds degrees with high honors from the Hartt School (MM) and the University of Wisconsin – Madison (BM). She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance & Pedagogy
Brazilian flutist Júlio Zabaleta has been an enthusiastic flute performer in a variety of music ensembles, ranging from traditional Brazilian music to classical music. Over the last few years, Zabaleta had the privilege of attending many international music festivals and master classes with world-renowned flutists, such as Michel Belavance, Ransom Wilson, Nicole Esposito, Mauricio Freire, Ysmael Reyes, Jessica Dalsant and Odette Ernest Dias. Zabaleta has been awarded with several scholarships to further his studies in flute performance and music research. In 2013, Zabaleta was granted a full scholarship to study a year at the Tilburg University in The Netherlands. He was also awarded with an academic mobility scholarship to study a year at the Federal University of São João del Rei, under the guidance of the flutist Dr. Antônio Carlos Guimarães. During his bachelor’s degree, Zabaleta was assistant researcher in the field of music pedagogy and published articles in the VI and VII Scientific Event of the Brazilian Flute Association. Besides performances in concerts, he has worked as music teacher of underprivileged children in south Brazil and has participated as freelance flutist in several chamber music groups, receiving public funding for performances of Traditional Brazilian Music during 2015. Zabaleta earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Federal University of Pelotas under the guidance of Professor Raul Costa d'Avila. Zabaleta is currently an assistant graduate member of the Woodwind Quintet at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music and is pursuing a master’s degree in music performance under the tutelage of the distinguished Professor Christina Jennings.
Cobus du Toit Praised for his crystal-like tone and his innate sense of musical style, Cobus du Toit is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading flutists of his generation. Competitions which Cobus has won include the UNISA Performers Licentiate Competition, the CFA Orchestral Excerpt Competition, the Boulder Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Beeld Eisteddfod, the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition, the Byron Hester Flute Competition and the SAMRO International Music Scholarship Competition, just to name a few. Competitions where Cobus has won the woodwind category prize include the Port Elizabeth National Youth Music Competition and the ATKV Musique Competition.
Having already performed as a soloist with the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Cobus also prides himself as being a performer of new/contemporary music having played in world premieres by noted composers such as Stefans Grove, Paul Hembree, James Rich, Alexander Johnson and Daniel Kellogg.
Cobus is currently the flute player of the Antero Winds, a Colorado based woodwind quintet which also serves as the Woodwind Quintet in residence with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Pretoria where he studied flute under Professor John Hinch and pursued a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado where he studied under Christina Jennings.
Flutist Valerie Estes enjoys a career as a vibrant orchestral and solo performer on flute as well as piccolo. She holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Valerie values clarity of tone and expressive musical interpretation in both her performing and teaching, and strives to create a nurturing and creative atmosphere in her private studio. She is the flutist for the Denver Inside the Orchestra Symphony and has appeared with the Colorado Music Festival and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston, Tx.
Valerie has won prizes in the Pittsburgh and New York Flute Club competitions, as well as the National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpts competition. She is also the winner of the 2012 Byron Hester and Myrna Brown Flute competitions, and will appear as a guest artist and clinician in the 2013 Houston Flute Fest and the 2013 Texas Flute Festival. Valerie is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder under the tutelage of Christina Jennings. Other teachers include Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman, Alexa Still, Lisa Garner Santa, Jean Ferrandis.
Acclaimed for her luscious tone quality, placid technique, and demanding stage presence, flutist Rachelle Crowell celebrates a zealous career as a distinguished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. A prominent young artist, Ms. Crowell pursues numerous professional engagements including her position as principal flutist of the Loveland Orchestra, member of the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and regular attendance at the Panoramic Flutist Seminar. She has also attended master classes with Jean Ferrandis, Lisa Garner Santa, Jill Felber, Stephanie Jutt, Laura Barron, and Nancy Stagnitta.
Ms. Crowell has won several national and state-wide competitions, most recently of which includes first place in the Arapahoe Philharmonic T. Gordon Parks Memorial Concerto Competition. She also won second place in the University of Colorado’s Undergraduate Woodwind Honor’s Concerto Competition.
A strong advocate for music education, Ms. Crowell is deeply passionate about teaching flute lessons through her private studio. She also enjoys working with young music students in various instrumental and elementary general music programs through the St. Vrain Valley School District, Boulder Valley School District, and Brighton School Districts. Now with over six years of teaching experience, a central pillar of her teaching philosophy is that every student deserves the chance to engage in the world’s most beautiful language-the language of music.
Admired for her unique sound, fast articulation and fluid technique, flutist Melissa Graham is celebrated for her multi dimensional career of performance and pedagogy. Dr. Graham is the principal flutist with the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale, flutist with the West Texas Winds, and is currently teaching in the Midland Odessa area at institutions such as the University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa College, Odessa High School, Permian High School, and numerous junior high schools. When in her native Colorado, Dr. Graham plays regularly with several different orchestras and ensembles, such as the Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, and the Mercury Duo with guitarist Patrick Sutton. Officially founded in 2011 (after playing together for several years), the Mercury Duo’s most recent project is work toward recording an album of music compositionally inspired by star-crossed lovers, entitled “Come Weep With Me.”This album is projected to be available in 2013. A recent development in her private studio is the release of Dr. Graham’s method book, entitled Beyond the Page; praised as an “innovative” and “holistic” approach to learning the flute, this book is designed with a series of levels applicable to students ranging from the self-motivated junior high school student to college and beyond. Dr. Graham graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Christina Jennings. In addition to Ms. Jennings, Dr. Graham has studied with Pamela Endsley and Peter Lloyd, amongst others.
Flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the DFW and Texoma regions. She is the newly appointed Instructor of Flute at Texas A&M University – Commerce starting Fall 2012. Prior to her appointment, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson County College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow. Ms. Walker received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the University of North Texas. Ms. Walker serves on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society, and previously the Oklahoma Flute Society.
Known for his lyric expression and powerful sound, Venezuelan flutist Ysmael Reyes enjoys a varied career as a soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Mr. Reyes has performed in the US, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. He has been featured as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela and the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony in his home country, with the Society of Symphonic Concerts Orchestra of São João del-Rei, in Brazil and with the Cheyenne and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras and the Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra in the US. Mr. Reyes has been a prize winner in the First Latin American Flute Competition, the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, the Music Award by the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition at the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 2008 to 2010 he was chosen by Verne Q. Powell Flues of Boston as a scholar for the Powell Academy.
Mr. Reyes joined the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2006, and is currently on the faculty at Regis University and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. He is invited frequently to teach at the Latin American Flute Academy and the National System of Youth Orchestras in Venezuela.
Mr. Reyes received his BM from the University of the Arts in Venezuela with Luis Julio Toro and Víctor Rojas, his MM from the University of Iowa with Robert Dick and Tadeu Coelho and a DMA from the University of Colorado studying with Christina Jennings and Alexa Still. www.ysmaelreyes.com
Lisa Phillips received a DMA and MM in flute performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BM in flute performance from Ithaca College. She performs with Seven Degrees Flute Quartet and Metroplex Flutes and was recently a top prize winner in the San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition. She teaches privately in Frisco and Plano, TX and is Vice-President of the Texas Flute Society. Her teachers include Rebecca Gilbert, Christina Jennings, Nancy Andrew, and Dr. Wendy Mehne.
Praised for her rich tone and fluid technique throughout the instrument’s range, flutist Julia Barnett is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studies with Sheridon Stokes. She received her Masters of Music in Flute performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder with Christina Jennings in 2009 and received her Bachelor’s of Music in flute performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2007 as a student of Leone Buyse.
As a soloist she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the UCLA Symphony. Her interest in new music led to the commission and premiere of Jacob Barton’s ¡AY! ¡AY! ¡AY! ¡AY! in 2006, a work for Flute, Percussion and Kalimba, based upon Mexican folk songs. In March 2010 she was named an Elaine Krown Klein Scholar and in 2008 a Fenstermaker Scholar by the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. She has also been a winner in the San Diego Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as the La Jolla Symphony Young Artist Competition, and 2 time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. In addition to teaching flute privately, Ms. Barnett coordinated UCLA’s Music Partnership Program this year, bringing private music lessons to inner city public schools.