College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Current Students

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 (BM) 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 (BM) 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 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 (BM) 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.

Praised as “superb” by the Log Cabin Democrat, flutist Leanne Hampton enjoys an active and varied career that includes performing with chamber music groups, outreach organizations, and orchestras. Currently, Leanne is completing her MM with Christina Jennings at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Hampton holds a BA in Music with Honors from the University of Central Arkansas where she studied with Dr. Carolyn Brown. During her time at UCA, she was awarded three travel grants by the Honors College and was voted "Outstanding Student" by the faculty of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

Ms. Hampton is a member of the award-winning graduate wind quintet, 40th Parallel, at CU Boulder. The ensemble competes in prestigious competitions, performs regularly in both community and professional settings, and engages in outreach programs for young musicians. Recently, 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.

Ms. Hampton has won prizes at the Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition and the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. During her time in Arkansas, she served as co-principal of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Repertory Theater. Ms. Hampton has attended the Texas Summer Music Festival as a fellow, and she has participated in the ARIA Institute and BU Tanglewood Institute summer programs. She has also performed in masterclasses for the flute clubs of Kentucky, Oklahoma, and the Mid-South.

Melissa Merkel (BM) 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.