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
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, and as a finalist in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Young Artist’s Competition. From 2009-2011, Colleen 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, Colleen 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, and Stephanie Jutt.
Colleen 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.
During her four years in the Washington D.C. area, Andrea Murano has appeared as principal flutist of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra, George Mason Repertory Orchestra, and George Mason Wind Symphony. With the George Mason Orchestras, she has performed in The Magic Flute and H.M.S. Pinafore, for galas such as the International Women’s Forum, and collaborated in concerts with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. In addition to orchestral experience, she has participated in several chamber ensembles, including the scholarship George Mason Wind Quintet, George Mason Flute Choir, and the George Mason Flute Quartet that she started with three of her colleagues.
Recently, Andrea won second place in the VA MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition. She also was chosen three times to perform in the annual George Mason University Honors Recital as both a chamber musician and soloist. Additionally, Andrea has twice won competitions through the Flute Society of Washington, both of which have given her the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with Jill Felber and Tadeo Coehlo. Andrea has also performed in masterclasses for Gary Schocker, Jason Blank, Aaron Goldman, and Linda Chesis.
A native of Rhode Island, Andrea is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music degree at University of Colorado at Boulder, studying flute with Christina Jennings. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, getting the opportunity to study with Jennifer Lapple, Julianna Nickel, and Judith Lapple. She also spent four years prior studying with Susan Thomas.
Kaleb Chesnic has been praised for his demanding presence, passionate phrasing, and eclectic repertoire selections. Dedicated to creating moving experiences for his listeners, Chesnic strives to find the composer’s reason for every note and their relation to one another. Along with performing the solo repertoire for the flute, Chesnic’s true passion lies in playing with others. Chesnic is the former Principal flute of the Baldwin Wallace Symphony orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Maestro Dwight Oltman. Chesnic has also performed in the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Orchestra, performing the Christmas Oratorio and the St. John Passion, a performance for which he was commended by cleveland.com. In addition, Chesnic has appeared with the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra as a concerto soloist, after winning the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Concerto Competition in 2012. Chesnic is the winner of the 2013 Local Woodwind Competition held by The Tuesday Musical Association, and was awarded the first ever Honorable Mention at the Tuesday Musical Association’s Winner’s Recital. He was also a finalist for the White Lake Chamber Society’s Solo Competition in 2014, and has been Awarded Scholarships by the Beaver Valley Musicians’ Hall of Fame. In April of 2014, Chesnic accepted the position of Graduate Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, where he is a member of the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. Chesnic received his BM from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have been George Pope, Christina Jennings, Amy Porter, Damian Bursill-Hall, and Andrei Pidkivka. Chesnic has also had the privilege of performing in masterclasses with Paula Robison, Jonathan Keeble, Judith Mendenhall, Alberto Almarza, and others. Chesnic can be heard on his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KalebChesnicFlutist and on his Soundcloud http://www.soundcloud.com/kaleb-chesnic. Chesnic performs on a Powell Flute.
Elisa Muzzillo is a first year graduate student at The University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing her Masters in Flute Performance under the tutelage of the renowned Ms. Christina Jennings. Before moving to Colorado for her Masters degree, Elisa attended the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University and earned her Bachelor Degree in Flute Performance where she studied with Adeline Tomasone, Principal Flutist of Opera Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, Elisa participated in many musical ensembles such as the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, Contemporary Ensemble, and the Temple University Composer’s Orchestra, all in which she held principal flute and piccolo positions. Elisa also performed as guest principal piccolo for Haverford College Symphony Orchestra.
While Elisa has substantial experience in large ensemble playing, she is an avid chamber music lover and performer. Throughout her undergraduate career, Elisa studied under members of the Philadelphia Orchestra such as Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harp, and Loren Lind, 2ndflute, for chamber ensembles such as Woodwind Quintet, Quartet, Trio, Flute ensembles, and notably Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet. Other coaches include members from the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet. Among these ensembles, she gained a great appreciation and knowledge for chamber playing and its repertoire.
During the summers, Elisa remains active in orchestral and opera playing. In 2013, she performed at the Panoramic Flutist Seminar under the instruction of Christina Jennings, Leone Buyse, and Lisa Garner Santa. She then travelled to Siena, Italy to participate in the Siena Music Festival in which she played in the orchestra under Michael Rossi, orchestra conductor and Maestro David Jackson, opera conductor and director, Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. In the past, Elisa performed in a number of summer Masterclasses during the Julius Baker Flute Masterclass in 2010 with renowned flutists such as Brad Garner, Sandra Church, and Gary Schocker.
Besides performing, Elisa taught flute lessons at Temple University’s Music Prep Program “Community Music Scholarship Program”. She taught inner-city Philadelphia students ranging from middle school to high school, some of which she coached for All City Middle School and High School band. Elisa plans to expand her private flute studio here in Boulder, Colorado.
Margaret Sloyer’s love of the flute began at the age of eleven. Under the guidance of her teacher of seven years, Debra Reuter-Pivetta, Margaret was a two-time Gold Cup recipient in the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, having achieved a rating of “Superior” for six consecutive years. She was a Division Winner for four years in the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s Annual Contest. In 2013, she received the Orchestral Woodwinds and Brass Award in the State Scholarship Finals. She greatly enjoyed her high school career in the Winston-Salem Youth Symphonies, where she won 2nd Place her senior year in its annual Concerto Competition. Margaret has been honored to perform in master classes for world-renowned flutists Leone Buyse and Christina Jennings.
A chamber music enthusiast, Margaret was invited as the first woodwind to participate in the UNC School of the Arts summer chamber music program. She participated in the Triad Chamber Music Society’s Young Performers Showcase, and has since enjoyed sharing ensemble music in various community settings. In 2012, Margaret traveled with the Youth Symphony to perform in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
In addition to flute, Margaret studied piano with Federico Pivetta of Winston-Salem, who entered her in numerous competitions. She won first place in the Moxley Scholarship Competition, and placed first in the State Finals of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs competition. In 2013, she won 2ndPlace in the State Royalty Competition, and in both the 2012 and 2013 Federation Festivals received “Superior” ratings.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys Russian and British literature, and her Airedale terrier, Charlotte. She is currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in flute performance under the guidance of Christina Jennings.
Jana Lange is a Junior at CU-Boulder and has been studying flute since age ten. From Jan 2009 – Aug 2010, she studied with Cindy Henderson as an early college student on scholarship at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Jana studied with Jane Wadsworth of Salt Lake City, Utah, from 2004 to 2008, and with Sharon Snel of Port Angeles, Washington, from 2002 to 2004. Each teacher has had a profound impact on her.
Most recently, she took 2nd place in Senior Woodwinds at the 2010 Music Teachers’ National Association competition in Albuquerque, NM. Over the years she has placed and won her divisions in the Utah State Fair Music Competition, performed in the Utah Flute Association concerto night and night of sonatas, earned “superior” ratings and been selected to play in Utah Federation of Music Clubs Best of Federation, soloed in the 2008 Lincoln Youth Symphony (Brigham City, Utah) concerto night, and in the 2009 Weber State Symphony Concerto Night. She also traveled to New York with the WSU Wind Ensemble when they performed in Carnegie Hall.
She has had lessons or participated in master classes with Kathleen Chastain (Oberlin, OH), Linda Chesis (The Manhattan School of Music), April Clayton (Brigham Young Univ, UT), Mary Kay Fink (Cleveland Orchestra), Carol Wincenc (The Juilliard School), James Hall (Univ. or Northern Colorado), Brook Schoenwald (CSO), Julie Thornton (CSO), Linda Chatterton, Pamela Endsley (Univ. of Denver), and Jim Walker (USC and the Colburn School, CA). Jana currently lives in Boulder with her husband, Sean.
Joanna Hope Toohey is currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing a double major in Flute Performance (BM) and History (BA). In the summer of 2014, Joanna Hope travelled 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 in 2014, she was selected to be principal flutist of the Colorado All-State Orchestra and the University of Colorado Honor Band, as well as piccoloist of the Colorado All-State Band. Joanna Hope loves orchestral playing and has held principal flute positions in the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras (where she won 2nd place in the 2013 concerto competition) and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO). In the summer of 2014, she participated in DYAO’s concert tour of France, Italy and Spain. Joanna Hope currently studies with Professor Christina Jennings at CU; her other teachers have included Brook Ferguson, Philip Dikeman, Alexa Still, Melissa Graham and Gina Vega. Joanna Hope loves playing music in her Church, spending time with her friends, and working on her family’s beautiful 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.”
Edna Jeon is a sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studies with Christina Jennings. Originally from Austin, Texas, she has been a student of Beth Behning for seven years and subsequently studied with Jennifer Keeney. Now a resident of New York, she also enjoys the wonderful opportunity to study with Soo-Kyung Park.
She acted as the principle flutist of the St. Michael’s Academy Orchestra for the duration of her high school career (2008-2011). In 2009, she was also elected as St. Michael’s Academy Band Drum Major. In 2010, she was the principle flutist of the orchestra for the SMCA Drama Production of Once Upon A Mattress, and again in 2011 for Bye Bye Birdie. She performed many times as a soloist with the St. Michael’s Academy Orchestra throughout 2010 and 2011, and is the 2011 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award.She began playing in the State Solo and Ensemble competitions in 2008 and received first division ratings for the next four years. Furthermore, she participated in the ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band for three years, in which she placed first chair in 2011 with Clinician Larry Livingston.
In the summer of 2012, she attended the Garner Malibu Flute Symposium in which she performed in master classes by Brad Garner and Soo-Kyung Park. She was also selected as the third prize winner, and performed in the final recital at the symposium. Most recently, she performed with the Korea Flute Educators Association (KFEA) Flute Choir at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas.
A Colorado native, Jessica Sebold is a junior pursuing her Bachelor of Music Education degree here at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her time at CU, she has performed with and held principal flute positions in the University Symphonic Band, Campus Band, and Campus Orchestra. Currently, she performs with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony. Jessica has also performed as second flute in the Arapahoe Philharmonic based in Littleton, CO for three years. One of her favorite musical experiences was playing piccolo as part of La Banda for the opera production of La Boheme in 2013.
This will be her third year participating as a flute sectional coach for the Middle School Ensemble program pioneered in Boulder Valley School District, and her second year as a conductor with the program. This is her second year teaching with the University of Colorado Summer Music Academy, where she has served as a camp counselor and flute coach. She is also an active member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and attends annual professional conferences as part of this group.
Jessica currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Gateway High School in Aurora, CO and at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, CO. She is responsible for teaching a large chunk of the marching band program at Gateway in addition to rehearsing concert ensembles including a symphonic band, concert band, orchestra, and jazz band. At Wheat Ridge, her responsibilities include both full ensemble and sectional work with a symphonic band and wind ensemble as well as conducting private flute lessons.
Jessica aspires to teach secondary instrumental music and is passionate about working with students from low social economic backgrounds. She also plans to continue her education through pursuing a Masters degree in educational leadership, music education, or administration after immersing herself in the teaching profession.
Sorcha Barr is a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance. Sorcha began flute after moving to the United States from Ireland in 2000. Originally taught by Dr. Cate Hummel, Sorcha then studied with Hideko Amano for the five years, before continuing her education at the University of Colorado Boulder with Christina Jennings.
Sorcha has been a featured soloist with numerous 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. Sorcha received Honorable Mention in both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Crain-Maling Concerto Auditions and the Walgreens Concerto Competition. An All-State Musician in Illinois, Sorcha was a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Honors Band (2011, 2012), as well as the IMEA District 9 band (2009, 2010, 2012).
Sorcha was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music programs for three years. In April of 2012, Sorcha was a featured performer on Chicago’s Classic Music Station, WFMT, on their Introductions program for young performers. Sorcha has performed in masterclasses for William Bennett, Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Patricia George, and Shanna Gutiérrez, and has taken lessons from Jim Walker, Joshua Smith, Jennifer Keeney, Leone Buyse, Dionne Jackson, and Christina Jennings.
In the coming year, Ms. Barr will compete in the first Colorado Flute Association Collegiate Competition and will premiere a work for flute and electronics by composer Sara Corry this January.
Meghan Dunne is a sophomore at CU Boulder, double-majoring in Music Performance and Business Marketing. She began playing the flute as a 2nd grader in Georgia with her teacher, Anna Thibeault. Meghan learned Suzuki method, and continued with this instruction until moving to Florida. She began to study with Kim Gandrup, who pushed her to further her musical career. Meghan made the Florida All-State Band/Orchestra four consecutive years, received high ratings in the state solo and ensemble competitions, and was co-principal flute of the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. As Meghan approached her senior year of high school, she decided she needed a new challenge. She auditioned for Interlochen Arts Academy high school and was accepted. Meghan was awarded the first ever concerto done with her old Wind Ensemble. At Interlochen, she was under the instruction of Nancy Stagnitta. Meghan was a part of the Interlochen Music Department’s 50th Anniversary Tour, performing in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC. Interlochen dramatically impacted her musical career, and is one of the highlights of her life thus far. Meghan has played in masterclasses with Leone Buyse, Brad Garner, Bonnie Boyd, Judy Mendenhall, Alexa Still, Goran Marcusson, Kristin Stoner, and Stephen Preston. She is currently in her first season as the Loveland Orchestra’s piccolo player with her CU colleague, Rachelle Crowell. Meghan looks forward to the years ahead in the CU flute studio studying with the wonderful Christina Jennings.
Callan Miller is a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studies with Christina Jennings. A native of Michigan, Callan 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. Callan 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, Ms. Miller was blessed to attend Grand Ledge High School, noted for their nationally accredited band program. Callan performed with her high school’s wind symphony at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2013. Callan 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, Callan is incredibly excited to study in Boulder, a city pulsing with color and the freedom of individuality.
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 an MM in 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 won prizes at the Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition and the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. She has attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Texas Summer Music Festival and the ARIA Institute. She has performed in master classes for the flute clubs of Kentucky, Oklahoma and the Mid-South Flute Society. Hampton has also performed with the Boulder Opera Company, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Arkansas Repertory Theater.
Passionate about new music, Hampton is a member of the Colorado New Music Ensemble and works frequently with both established and emerging composers. In 2015, 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. She 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.
Melissa Merkel is a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be double majoring in Flute Performance and Biology. Melissa started playing the flute in fourth grade when Littleton Pubic Schools opened a band program for elementary school students. She began flute lessons with teachers Heather Jordan and Julie Johnson. She has also studied with former Colorado Symphony Orchestra flutist, Maralyn Prestia.
Melissa has 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 further participated in the Denver Young Artist’s Orchestra in 2011 and performed first chair with the Valor Symphonics Orchestra this past year. Melissa won the Colorado Flute Association’s Masterclass Competition in her junior year of high school, earning the chance to perform for Julliard Professor, Carol Wincenc. She also received the Outstanding Band Student Award from Arapahoe High School. Melissa has further attended masterclasses through Interlochen and Aria’s Summer Flute Institutes, working with flutists Nancy Stagnitta, Paula Robinson, Judith Mendenhall, Linda Toote, Damian Bursill-hall, and Marianne Gedigian.
Throughout her education, Melissa has sought to balance flute with her academic endeavors. She was selected as a National Merit Scholar in 2012. She also won awards through the Optimist Club and Daughters of the American Revolution. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with High Honors.
Sarah Frank is a freshman at the University of Colorado 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, she was selected as the principal flutist of the Colorado All State Orchestra, and has 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. Ms. Frank has performed in masterclasses 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, Sarah 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.
Mara Riley is a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder and is pursuing a degree in flute performance. Mara began playing the violin at age 3, but decided to permanently switch over to the flute after she began playing in 5th grade.
Mara 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.
Mara 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 High school 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).
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. Adrienne also loves piano and took lessons under Gail Cross since age 6, and continues her studies with Professor Daniel Sher at CU. In 2009, Adrienne 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 Adrienne played flute in the ILMEA All-State Honor Band, and in 2015 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, she 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. Adrienne has performed in master classes with John McMurtery, Marco Granados, Brook Ferguson, Marisela Sager, Bonita Boyd and Judith Mendenhall and has attended the ARIA International Summer Music Academy in 2016.
Adrienne 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. Adrienne was also the cover of the September 2014 edition of Flute Talk magazine.
Aside from music, Adrienne also loves to travel, read, and spend time with her cats.
Celeste Landy is a sophomore Norlin Scholar at the University of Colorado. She studies with Professor Christina Jennings, having studied previously with Heather Davis and Jayne Copland. In high school, Celeste performed with the CU Honor Band, Continental League Honor Band, Western State Honor Band, as well as the Colorado All-State Band as a featured soloist on the alto flute. Celeste 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, Celeste 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.
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, Júlio 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.
Júlio has been awarded with several scholarships to further his studies in flute performance and music research. In 2013, Júlio 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, Júlio 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 free-lancer flutist in several chamber music groups, receiving public funding for performances of Traditional Brazilian Music during 2015.
Júlio earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Federal University of Pelotas under the guidance of Professor Raul Costa d'Avila. Júlio 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.
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 1st runner-up in both the Arkansas MTNA Senior Woodwinds Competition and the Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. This past year, Indigo was the 1st runner-up in the 2015 Colorado Flute Association Collegiate Competition.
For her junior and senior years of high school, Indigo 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, Indigo 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, Indigo received a Fine Arts award for high musical achievement, and upon graduating received a Young Scholar award for exemplary academic achievement.
Indigo has attended Interlochen Arts Camp (2012), Brevard Music Center (2013, 2014), ARIA (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. Indigo’s primary teachers include Christina Jennings, Nancy Stagnitta, Dr. Erika Boysen and Dr. Ronda Mains.
When not playing flute, Indigo enjoys eating sushi, collecting quotes, page-turning and exploring farmers’ markets with her friends.
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 máster 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 máster 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.
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.
A dedicated and aspiring musician, flutist Joshua Hall began his career in a fifth grade band program. He saw a flute for the first time at his sister’s band concert and knew it was something he wanted to try. Since then, Joshua has had the privilege of studying with Beth Wasson, Nicole Riner, and Christina Jennings, and has had lessons with Julie Thornton and Brook Schoenwald. A native of Wyoming, Josh was a finalist in the senior high division of the Fort Collins Symphony Young Artist competition in Colorado, honorable mention in the 2010 MTNA Young Artist Competition in Wyoming, and won the 2009 Stars of Tomorrow show of Laramie County. In the summer of 2012, Joshua was a performer for the Santa Fe Flute Immersion in New Mexico where he had the privilege of playing for Linda Marianiello, Adrianne Greenbaum, Susan Levitin, and Bart Feller. Currently, Joshua is working on his Bachelors in Music Performance with Ms. Jennings at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
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.