Cobus du Toit (DMA) 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 (DMA) 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.
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.
Acclaimed for her luscious tone quality, placid technique, and demanding stage presence, flutist Rachelle Crowell (BM/BME senior) 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.
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.
A dedicated and aspiring musician, flutist Joshua Hall (BM) 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.
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.