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
Madison Hardick is currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance. Having grown up in Aledo, Texas, she graduated from Aledo High School in 2018. During that time she studied under Dr. Shauna Thompson and had performed as principal of the school’s top ensemble for four years, principal of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra for two years, and as a member of the Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, and as principal of the 2018 Symphony Orchestra. Hardick was also a member of the 2017 Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Wind Ensemble and has appeared in the final round of the Texas Flute Society’s Donna Marie Haire competition, coming in first in 2018. She has played for many notable flutists, including Leone Buyse and Jim Walker, in both private and masterclass settings, the most recent of which being the 2018 NFA High School Soloist Masterclass with Jonathan Keeble.
Born in Lubbock, Yuna Langehennig began flute studies at the age of five with Ms. Margaret Redcay. In middle school, she began her studies with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University. Her success as a young flutist includes placement in the Texas All-State 6A competition for three consecutive years (winning 1st chair in 2017), selection as an Outstanding Soloist at the Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, winning the 2016 Haynes Texas All-Star Flute Competition, and selection as a performer for the ARIA Music Festival and Oberlin Flute Academy. Yuna was also a featured performer on National Public Radio's "From the Top" in 2016 in conjunction with the award of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship. Yuna enjoys sharing her passion for music through outreach, teaching and performing at local schools and for the community. She excited to begin undergraduate studies in the fall at the University of Colorado, Boulder with Professor Christina Jennings in pursuit of the Bachelor of Music Degree in flute performance.
Andrea Kloehn is a freshman flute performance major at CU Boulder from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began studying flute at the age of six with Nancy Maloney, and in high school studied with Immanuel Davis at the University of Minnesota through a dual-enrollment program. An avid chamber musician, Andrea was selected for a woodwind quintet fellowship at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in 2017 and received the Outstanding Wind Ensemble award at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 Youth Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as principal flutist in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, Univ. of MN Symphonic Band, and Minnesota All-State Concert Band. Additionally, Andrea was selected as piccoloist of the 2016 NAfME All-National Orchestra. She has spent summers at ARIA International Music Academy where she played in masterclasses for Bonita Boyd, Judith Mendenhall, Tara Helen O’Connor, and Alexa Still. She is looking forward to beginning her studies with Christina Jennings this fall.
Emma Shelby is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the flute studio led by Christina Jennings, the flute professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Emma was raised in the Chicago area and studied flute with Meret Bitticks at the Chicago School of Music, until she moved to Colorado and studied under Dr. Michelle Stanley, the flute professor at Colorado State University. Over the years, Emma performed at the Interlochen Music Summer Camp, the Interharmony Music Festival, and the Denver Youth Artists Orchestra’s Northern Conservatory to improve her skills and later performed in many honor bands and competitions. She received 1st place in the Colorado Flute Association High School Competition and was selected to perform as a 1st flute in the Northern Colorado Honor Band (NOCO), the Colorado State University Honor Band, the Colorado All State Orchestra, and Colorado All State Band. She also had the honor of performing solos as 1st chair in NOCO, All State Orchestra, All State Band, the Fossil Ridge High School Wind Symphony, and other various music bands and events.
Ariel Flach is a native of Portland, Oregon, where she has lived for most of her life. After joining church choir in preschool, Ariel discovered a love for playing music and asked to take piano lessons at age 7, and fell in love with flute at 11. While participating in every ensemble offered at her high school and holding leadership positions including principal flute, section leader, and drum major, she sought out performing opportunities outside of school, attending WIBC, OMEA All-State orchestra, and playing in pit orchestras and church ensembles. She advanced to OMEA’s state solo and ensemble competitions, and has played in masterclasses for internationally recognized flutists, including former principal flute of the LA Philharmonic, Julien Beaudiment. Teacher include Mary Palchak, Sophia Tegart, and Wendy Bamonte, and most recently, principal flute of the Oregon Symphony, Martha Long. During her 2 years at Chapman University, Ariel was principal flute of the orchestra and wind symphony and toured with the Chapman Wind Quintet. Ariel appeared on several film scores by composer Andrew Scott Bell, including student academy award winner Rocket (2015). After her sophomore year, Ariel took a year off of school to freelance, teaching marching band at Sherwood High School in fall 2017, teaching privately and performing frequently with members of the Oregon Symphony. She is honored to begin as a transfer student at CU Boulder in Fall 2018, where she will pursue degrees in flute performance and music education.
Flutist Claire Gunsbury, 2017 recipient of the Sher Distinguished Musician Scholarship, is currently pursuing a degree in Flute Performance under the instruction of Professor Christina Jennings. Having performed in master classes for renowned flutists such as William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Jim Walker and Judith Mendenhall, Gunsbury received Honorable Mention for CU’s 2018 Honors Competition. Additionally, Gunsbury was the 2017 Wisconsin Flute Festival Young Artist Competition Grand Prize Winner, earned first and second place honors in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2017 Youth Chamber Competition, performed as a Showcase Artist for the 2016 Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota Varsity Competition, and has been a featured soloist of the Lakes Area Music Festival for several summers. At CU, Claire has been a member of various ensembles and is active within the College of Music Student Government and the Honors Community. Claire has attended summer festivals such as the Panoramic Flutist, Beyond the Masterclass, and ARIA. She teaches a number of students each year, passing on knowledge from her previous mentors Immanuel Davis, Alicia McQuerrey, and Julie Johnson.
Nicole Peters is from Ithaca, New York and has been playing the flute since the age of seven. Since then, she has been constantly seeking improvement and growth and her passion for the instrument increases every day. She has had experience in a variety of ensembles, including the top band at Ithaca High School and the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra- with which she performed a solo concerto in 2017. She has studied at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, Rocky Ridge Music Center, ARIA International Summer Academy, and the MPulse Summer Program at the University of Michigan. Peters is very much enjoying this next step in her music career through pursuing a dual degree of music education and flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Flutist and Composer Dianna Link continues to fall in love with music every day. She has performed flute/piccolo in Colorado Allstate Orchestra, CU Honor Band, and the Continental League Orchestra & Band. In addition, Link has performed in master classes for Amy Porter, Marco Granados, and Patricia Surman. She has studied flute with Brook Ferguson, Katy Wherry, and Christina Jennings. As a composer Link has won several composition competitions including the Pikes Peak Flute choir composition competition, CU High School composition competition, the Denver Young Artists composition competition, the Green Wood Village council of the Arts Scholarship competition, and was awarded alternate/honorable mention in the Next Notes composition competition through the American Composers Forum. Link’s music has been played by the Colorado Symphony, the Bel Canto Flute Academy, and the Pendulum new music ensemble. Link has studied composition with Stephanie Ann Boyd and Daniel Kellogg.
Mara Riley is pursuing a double Bachelor of Music degree in flute and vocal performance, in the respective studios of Christina Jennings and Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson. She graduated from Pine Creek High School in 2016, after having studied with Dr. Nancy Andrew for four years. She was the principal flute and featured soloist with the Colorado All-State Band (2015 & 2016), as well as a member of the All-State Choir and All-State Orchestra. Riley has performed with the CU Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Undergraduate Woodwind Quintet, and University Singers. During her time at CU, she has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for Claire Chase and Sir James Galway. In 2018, she sang the role of Martha in Rob Gardner’s “The Lamb of God” oratorio and was named an Anderson Undergraduate Vocal Competition winner. When she ventures outside of the music building, she serves as the president of the LDSSA on campus.
Flutist Indigo Fischer was a 2018 finalist for the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwinds Competition and the 1st prize winner of the Colorado Flute Association Collegiate Competition in 2017. An active chamber musician with a particular focus on duos for flute and guitar, Indigo has received instruction from renowned groups such as Eighth Blackbird and SoloDuo. She is an alumna of the Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center, and has performed in masterclasses for Emmanuel Pahud, Carol Wincenc, Bonita Boyd, Paula Robison, and Lorna McGhee, among others. A former student of Nancy Stagnitta and Erika Boysen, Indigo is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she received both a Fine Arts award for high musical achievement and a Young Scholar award for exemplary academic success upon graduating.
Katie Scholl is a junior at CU Boulder from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who began playing the flute in sixth grade. At CU she has played in master classes for Nina Assimakopoulos and Marco Granados, and this past year she was awarded first place in the Colorado Flute Association Collegiate Competition. In high school, Scholl studied with Judy Grant at the Boston Flute Academy, where she had the honor to play for many artists including Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davies, Lady Jeanne Galway, Keith Underwood, Judith Mendenhall and Carol Wincenc. In June 2015, Scholl performed as soloist with the Boston Pops as a grand prize winner of the 2015 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition, where the Boston Globe praised her for “delicately (holding) forth with a round tone.” In high school, Scholl played with the Boston Youth Symphony and was principal flutist of the Rivers Youth Symphony, as well as participating in numerous honor ensembles. Scholl has spent her recent summers at music festivals, including Eastern Music Festival, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute and ARIA International Academy.
Adrienne Havelka is a music education major at the University of Colorado Boulder studying with Christina Jennings. Originally from Ottawa, Illinois, she studied flute with Cindi Isenhower since age 7. Havelka also loves piano and took lessons under Gail Cross starting at age 6, and has continued her studies with Professor Daniel Sher at CU. In 2009, Havelka lived in Sanary sur Mer, France, for a semester and studied flute with Deny Gamon at L’Ecole de Musique de Sanary sur Mer. She is a four-year member of the ILMEA District 2 band, earning first chair her junior year. In 2014, Havelka played flute in the ILMEA All-State Honor Band, and in 2015 she played piccolo in the ILMEA All-State Band. In the summer of 2013, she traveled to New Orleans for the National Flute Convention, where she played in the National Flute Association High School Flute Choir. During her senior year of high school, Havelka was a recipient of the Semper Fidelis Music Award. She has performed as guest principal with the Dekalb Band and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. Havelka has performed in master classes with John McMurtery, Marco Granados, Brook Ferguson, Marisela Sager, Bonita Boyd and Judith Mendenhall and attended the ARIA International Summer Music Academy in 2016. Havelka loves working with young children and aspires to teach general music, and eventually have her own private flute studio. She worked with sixth grade flute players as a sectional coach for the CU Middle School Ensemble program. During high school, she was assistant director for a junior flute ensemble and taught lessons to beginning flutists. She is the piccolo section leader for the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. Havelka was also on the cover of the September 2014 edition of “Flute Talk” magazine. Aside from music, she also loves to travel, read and spend time with her cats.
Combining her love of flute with her passion for education, Colorado native Celeste Landy is a music education major at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies with Professor Christina Jennings, having studied previously with Heather Davis and Jayne Copland. In high school, Landy performed with the CU Honor Band, Continental League Honor Band, Western State Honor Band and Colorado All-State Band as a featured soloist on the alto flute. Landy is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award and the Colorado Outstanding Musician Award. She has performed in masterclasses with Brook Ferguson, Naomi Seidman, Bonita Boyd, and Judith Mendenhall and has attended the ARIA International Music Academy. She has also studied in Florence, Italy with Paolo Zampini and performed at the Alba Music Festival. Having an interest in conducting as well, Landy conducted the CU Symphonic Band as a student conductor in 2018. During the summers, Landy enjoys sharing her love of music with younger students by working as a camp counselor and private teacher. In her free time, she loves to read, hike, and play with her dogs.
Joanna Hope Toohey is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing a double major in flute performance and history. Toohey began studying piano at age 4 before moving her focus to the flute at age 10, studying first with Gina Vega and subsequently with Melissa Graham and Brook Ferguson. In high school, she participated in the 2014 Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where she performed as second flutist and piccoloist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. The same year, Toohey was selected as principal flutist of both the Colorado All-State Orchestra and the University of Colorado Honor Band, as well as piccoloist of the Colorado All-State Band. She loves orchestral playing and has held principal flute positions in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, where she was a prizewinner in the 2013 concerto competition. In the Summer 2014, she performed as principal flutist in DYAO’s concert tour of France, Italy and Spain. Since beginning her studies with Christina Jennings at CU Boulder, Toohey has participated in numerous competitions, chamber music groups, large ensembles and summer music festivals. She has performed in master classes with Mathieu Dufour, Philippe Bernold, Bonita Boyd, Patricia George, Judith Mendenhall, Alexa Still, Eva Amsler and Philip Dikeman.
A finalist in the New World Symphony, Brice Smith has a deep passion for teaching and community engagement through classical music. He studies with Christina Jennings as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He completed a Master of Music in Flute Performance and a Master of Music in Chamber Music with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan, as well as a Performer Diploma under the direction of Thomas Robertello at Indiana University. Brice received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Violin Performance and German language at the University of Arkansas. He has performed in many professional bands and orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra. As a soloist, Brice has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, with the Arkansas Philharmonic and with the University of Michigan's Camerata Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at the National Flute Association's Convention as a member of the Colorado Flute Orchestra. As a collegiate music instructor, Brice has taught masterclasses and lessons at Adams State University, Siena Heights University and for the Crescendo Detroit Program for young students. Brice currently plays in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet, under the guidance of Yoshi Ishikawa.
Excited to be a part of the University of Colorado Flute Studio as a teaching assistant, flutist Joshua Hall has been inspired to form his own creative ideas about performing, teaching and composing. In 2016 he earned a master’s degree in performance from Texas Tech University where he studied with Dr. Lisa Garner-Santa. As a TA and winner of the school’s concerto competition, Hall taught weekly lessons for the Lubbock Independent School District and performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet in outreach concerts at elementary schools. He also subbed with the LSO and Chamber Music Amarillo, was awarded honorable mention at the 2014 Texas MTNA Young Artist competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Myrna Brown Competitions. In the Summer 2016, he was a faculty member of the Santa Fe Flute Immersion, assisting with coaching sessions on solo repertoire and a mock audition and performing in the final showcase concert. Hall also enjoys composing, and one of his works, “Trio for Three Flutes,” has been performed in the U.S., Japan and Spain. His primary teachers include Beth Wasson, Nicole Riner, Lisa Garner-Santa and Christina Jennings.
Kaleb Chesnic has been praised for his demanding presence, passionate phrasing, and his command of the instrument. As a freelancer, Kaleb has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and other groups around Colorado. He has appeared as a Soloist and as the Conductor of the Colorado Flute Orchestra at the National Flute Association’s 2017 convention. Kaleb earned his MM as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, where he was a member of Rano Winds, CU's Graduate Woodwind Quintet. Kaleb received his BM from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Frequently sought as a teacher, Kaleb has been on the faculty of the Baldwin Wallace Community Music School, The Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, and has always maintained a private studio.
Margaret Sloyer, BM
Melissa Merkel, BM
Júlio Zabaleta, DMA
Kathryn Hendrickson, DMA
Leanne Hampton, DMA, was appointed principal flute of the Evansville Philharmonic and Consortium Instructor of flute at the University of Evansville.
Sarah Frank, BME, will begin teaching music in the Sitka Alaska Public Schools.
Callan Miller, BM, will continue her work as the program director of Startup Services in addition to growing her own startup, Gigsicians, with fellow CU flute studio alum Elise Campbell.
Elise Campbell, BM, has been promoted to the Box Office Manager at CU Presents.
Colleen White, DMA, is president of the Colorado Flute Association and will serve as temporary assistant professor of flute at Colorado State University and MSU Denver for Fall 2017.
Alina Windell is the instructor of flute at Auburn University.
Rachel Chacko is the assistant professor of music at Whitman College.
Jennifer Dunn is the band director at Centennial Middle School in Boulder.
Amanda Brignola a music teacher in the Saint Vrain Valley School District.
Hollie Bennett is a teacher at Bruce Randolph School and lead teaching artist for El Sistema Colorado and is currently a MME teaching artistry candidate at Bowling Green State University.
Anna Conigliari is a life coach and faculty member at the Granados Music Institute
Allison Emerick is a principal flute in the Boise Philharmonic; she also received her MM from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jana Lange is currently pursuing a master's degree in flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University (graduating 2017) with Lorna McGhee and Jeanne Baxtresser. She has subbed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and also enjoys freelancing in the Pittsburgh area.
Sasha Haft received her master's at San Francisco Conservatory and is a flutist in The Orchestra Now at Bard College.
Whitney Kelley has written publications in the "NFA Flutist's Anthology: A Pedagogy Anthology, Vol 2," American Suzuki Journal and Colorado Flutist. Her Interviews have been published in the American Suzuki Journal and Flute Examiner. She plays piccolo with the Denver Philharmonic and is the visiting principal flute with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. She has given lectures and guest artist performances at East Tennessee State University, 2014 SAA Conference and East Tennessee Suzuki Institute International among others and is the former president of the Colorado Flute Association. She is an active private teacher in the Denver metro area and is a participant in summer festivals including Texas Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival and North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Performance Festival. She was previously the arts administrator for the Suzuki Association of the Americas at their headquarters from 2009-2015.
Jessica Sebold is the band director at Gateway High School.
Katy Wherry is currently a member of the Bel Canto Flute Academy Faculty.
Terri Austin received her DMA and is now a senior lecturer in flute at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a Miyazawa Performing Artist.
Michelle Stanley is an associate professor at Colorado State University in flute and is also the principal flute in the Pro Musica chamber orchestra. She performs with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She is also an international recitalist and teacher and a member of the Interharmony Music Festival (Italy) teaching faculty.
Joan McLean Braun is the director of CU Presents and assistant dean for concerts and communications at the College of Music.
Cristina Ballatori has performed across the United States, Europe, England and Latin America as a recitalist, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recent performance highlights include concerts in such venues as the Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France; “Live from Hochstein” Series public radio WXXI in Rochester, New York; and artist residencies in Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico. Ballatori joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty as assistant professor of flute and join the board of the National Flute Association in fall 2016. She previously served as associate professor of flute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her major teachers include Alexa Still, Peter Lloyd, Katherine Kemler, Judith Lapple and Diane Smith. Visit her website for more information.
Shelly Collins is the associate professor of flute and music history at Delta State University. She served as secretary of the NFA and president of the Colorado, Seattle and Mid-South flute societies. Her arrangements have been published by ALRY and Falls House and she also has been presenter/performer at 11 NFA conventions.