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.
More information about Flute
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.
For the Colorado Flutists:
Thank you for exploring the University of Colorado, our flagship school in the state. As a Colorado flutist I hope you will take full advantage of the rich opportunities we have here!
I offer all Colorado flutists a lesson free of charge - please reach out EARLY- middle school is fine- and come have a lesson!
In addition, you are welcome to attend our weekly studio classes a few times a year- these always are scheduled on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30.
All faculty and student performances (recitals, chamber music, and large ensemble) are free and many are live streamed.
Please do not wait until the Fall or Spring of your senior year to contact me. We have amazing resources here and I love to know and guide my Colorado flutists in finding the right fit. It is never too early to be in touch and get to know me, my studio, and CU.
I strongly encourage all Colorado Flutists to:
- Study privately with a teacher (Please contact me for a list of amazing teachers!)
- Participate in school bands, orchestras, youth orchestras, flute choirs, and chamber music programs.
- Join the Colorado Flute Association and participate in the Flute Days, competitions, and performance opportunities.
- Join the National Flute Association and attend the annual convention.
- Audition for Honor Bands, All State, and local competitions.
- Attend as many concerts of all kinds: especially the Colorado Symphony Orchestra!
- Listen to beautiful flute playing live, on line, and on recording!
- Attend masterclasses given by the Panoramic Flutist, Bel Canto Flute Academy, Mile High Flutes, The Creative Flutist Studio.
Remember to be in touch early! I look forward to hearing you play soon.
Warmly, Professor Jennings
Class of 2023
Erika Gossett hails from Austin, Texas, and began her flute studies in middle school and continued through high school under the guidance of Jennifer Keeney. ]Gossett held top positions in her high school’s award-winning Wind Ensemble and marching band and was the principal flutist of the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra for two years. She received Division 1 ratings at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in 2017 and 2018, and was given an Outstanding Performer award. She was also a member of the Texas 5A All-State Band in 2016 and 2017. Most recently, she was awarded a position in the 6A All-State Band. Gossett was the first prize winner of the Austin Flute Society’s Senior Division Competition in 2017. She has performed in several small ensembles through the Austin Chamber Music Center’s youth program and enjoys performing for community events and local churches. Gossett has also performed in the Consummate Flutist Master Classes at Carnegie Mellon and at the Oberlin Flute Academy. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder under the guidance of Christina Jennings.
Harlan Smyth is a freshman from Cold Spring Harbor, New York. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. He fell in love with Colorado during an Outward Bound trip on the Sawatch Range when he was 16. Starting at the age of 9, Smyth has studied with Alison Hubbard. Hubbard has guided him through the years and has exposed him to many talented and inspiring mentors. He performed with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Principal Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He attended master classes with Judy Mendenhall of Queens College and Sir James Galway at the Flute Center in New York City. Smyth spent a summer at Aria International Music Academy, studying under Linda Toote of the Boston Conservatory, Tara Helen O’Connor of Purchase College and Alexa Still of the Oberlin Conservatory. He attended Crane Youth Music Summer Program to study with Ken Andrews and Jill Rubio. He competed in the Long Island Flute Club 2019 Competition and won First Piccolo in All-County. The highlight of his music career has been performing at Carnegie Hall, where he was overwhelmed by the acoustics and beauty of the hall. When he is not playing the flute, Smyth plays the guitar and sings in a band with his friends.
Jordyn Stapleton is from Aurora, Colorado, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in flute at the University of Colorado Boulder. She fell in love with the flute at age 11 and has been playing for seven years throughout middle and high school. Stapleton has been extremely involved in her high school's instrumental music program for all four years. She has received various accolades in her school's program, including varsity letters in band, the role of instrumental music president and first chair flute/section leader in both her school's symphonic band and pit orchestra. Stapleton was also the section leader for the Aurora Public School's Honor Band her junior and senior years. In addition to her school ensembles, Stapleton has participated in multiple solo and ensemble events, performing solos and duets for her school, church and other community events. She studied recently with Jessica Sebold, an alumna of the CU Boulder flute studio. Stapleton is thrilled to be a member of Christina Jennings’ flute studio and is excited to begin her studies.
Class of 2022
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.
Class of 2021
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.
Class of 2020
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.
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.
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.
Rachelle Crowell, acclaimed for her glorious sound, placid technique, and demanding stage presence, celebrates a zealous career as a distinguished solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and Longmont Symphony Orchestra and has won several competitions, including the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition, the Arapahoe Philharmonic's T. Gordon Parks Memorial Concerto Competition and the Colorado Flute Association’s first-annual Collegiate Competition. A passionate music educator, Crowell currently serves as the professor of flute at Laramie County Community College and maintains an extensive private flute studio in northern Colorado. In addition to her studies with primary teachers Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson and Michelle Stanley, Crowell has also performed in master classes with Carol Wincenc, Marianne Gedigian, Leone Buyse, Amy Porter, Jim Walker, Joshua Smith, Eva Amsler and Marco Grenados. Crowell is honored and excited to serve as a graduate teaching assistant in the CU flute studio as she earns her Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
David Jimenez, originally from Houston, Texas, is pursuing a master’s degree in flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder as a teaching assistant. Jimenez received a bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied under Charlotte Daniel and Francesca Arnone. As a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble, Jimenez performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention as well as the American Bandmasters Association Convention. He served as second flutist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 concert season. Jimenez has attended the Interlochen Arts Camp and the American Festival for the Arts and was selected for the Brevard Music Center in 2019. An avid master class performer, Jimenez has attended the Panoramic Flutist Residential Seminar and the Texas Summer Flute Symposium, where he learned from accomplished flutists such as Christina Jennings, Lorna McGhee, Carol Wincenc, Lisa Garner Santa, Conor Nelson and Elizabeth McNutt.
Grace Law is a compelling and versatile performer. Having worked with leading musicians, composers and conductors in contemporary music as well as performed extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, the 2017 FLUTISSIMO! Young Artist Grand Prize winner recently appeared with American Modern Ensemble in a series of New York City premieres as a 2019-19 season artist. Law is a master’s candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder under Christina Jennings with a graduate assistantship in the Entrepreneurship Center for Music. She completed her Performance Certificate and bachelor’s studies at State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College with Tara Helen O’Connor in 2018 and 2019, respectively. As a contemporary artist, Law has premiered more than 20 new works for solo flute and mixed ensembles with an emphasis on electronic manipulation. Law is an alumna of the Composer’s Conference Contemporary Performance Institute, Miami Music Festival, Mostly Modern Festival and National Honor Orchestra of America. Law’s orchestral performances have taken her to venues such as the New World Center, the DiMenna Center, Arthur Zankel Music Center and Royce Hall in Los Angeles. She recently completed residencies as associate principal flute in Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute at New World Center and a residency with the American Modern Orchestra, specializing in contemporary and world premieres for orchestra.
Class of 2019
Joshua Hall, DMA
Celeste Landy, BME
Adrienne Havelka, BME
Katie Scholl, BM
Indigo Fischer, BM
Class of 2018
Joanna Hope Toohey, BM
Margaret Sloyer, BM
Melissa Merkel, BM
Júlio Zabaleta, DMA
Kathryn Hendrickson, DMA
Class of 2017
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.