We, the CU Boulder Flute Studio, acknowledge that the University of Colorado Boulder sits upon traditional territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations.
The CU Boulder Flute Studio condemns acts of racial injustice. We condemn its manifestation in the egregious acts of police brutality which disproportionately affect Black Americans. We acknowledge the broken, racist history of American policing and mourn the human lives that have been snuffed out by centuries of oppression at the hands of white supremacy. We commit to continued self-education—on our own, and as a community. We will hold one another accountable as we continue to grow into compassionate, justice-oriented people.
We commit to action through the following steps:
- We will make intentional purchases when adding to the CU Boulder Flute Studio music library. We will actively cultivate relationships with and support for living Black composers through our attitudes, repertoire selections and financial resources.
- We will engage in purposeful reflection on the makeup of our studio and the identities we fail to represent. We will examine why our studio, and the CU Boulder College of Music, has remained a majority-white institution.
- We will learn how to create a learning environment which recognizes, supports and affirms all identities/intersections of identities. We acknowledge that a collegiate music education is often only accessible to those who have existing privilege. We commit to learning how we can be agents of change in the fight for accessibility.
Learn more about the College of Music's efforts to advance Diversity, Equity + Inclusion!
Welcome to the CU Boulder Flute Studio! The Flute Studio holds 14-17 undergraduate and graduate flute majors, welcoming flutists 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.
The flute studio is a supportive yet intense group of musicians who are passionate about the flute. Students have weekly lessons, studio class and extra topic classes (topics have included excerpts, technique, artistry, piccolo, etc.). 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.
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.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 Boulder’s music library houses the complete solo collection of legendary flutist Martha Rearick.
CU Boulder 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 the Flute Studio
Prospective students are invited to visit the CU Boulder campus anytime during the academic year. Studio class is held on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. and is open to any flutist considering auditioning.
Information about auditions
All graduate auditions will be scheduled for a 30-minute 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 2025
Michelle Brannon hails from South Holland, Illinois. She's an alumna of the Merit Conservatory Wind Symphony and a fellow in the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. She has won the Lift Music Award and participated in Illinois District and All-State bands. Michelle has performed in masterclasses with Brian Dunbar, Demarre McGill and David McGill. She enjoys listening to Broadway musicals, watching classical musicians on YouTube and playing alto flute in flute choir. In high school, Michelle was section leader, first chair and band officer of the school's nationally awarded marching band and symphonic band. She studied with Marie Tachouet and enjoyed practicing with her younger brothers. Outside of music, Michelle is a huge Disney fan and enjoys writing short stories. Some of her favorite musicians include Demarre McGill, Flutronix and Herman Beeftink. Michelle aspires to compose her own music and perform in small ensembles. One of her biggest motivating factors is the current lack of diversity in classical music. She wishes to support those who don’t have the financial means or access to instruments and mentors in order to make classical music a more inclusive environment. Michelle is looking forward to studying in Boulder and to an exciting academic experience full of growth in Christina Jennings’ studio.
A graduate of Chatfield Senior High School, Sam Nixon is very excited to attend CU Boulder for a Flute Performance degree. He's played flute for more than a decade, starting lessons with Margaret Petersen when he was five years old; he also studied with Whitney Kelley after Ms. Petersen retired. "I can't wait to start in the fall and I'm proud to call myself a Buff!"
Tori Rognerud graduated from Chatfield Senior High School with a 4.0 GPA. Her love for the flute blossomed in middle school. During her earlier years of studying the flute, she was involved in a multitude of activities in and outside of school. One ensemble that she continues to be grateful to have been a part is a multiple award-winning, prestigious Denver Young Artist Orchestra; she’s been a member for four years. In her time as an orchestral musician, she’s been a Woodwind Concerto Competition soloist performing the Charles Griffes "Poem" in Winter 2021. Additionally, she's toured venues in Europe, played countless pieces of standard repertoire and more. She also participated in the Chatfield Senior High School Marching Band, where she was a section leader and a soloist. In her sophomore year, she won second place in Colorado Flute Association in the High School Competition 2019. Another ensemble that she’s been proudly a part is Mile High Flute Benders with founders affiliated with Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Tori had been happily studying with Brook Ferguson, principal flutist of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Williams, president of the Colorado Flute Association. Now, excited to join CU Boulder, Professor Jennings' flute studio and all of its opportunities.
Class of 2024
Ayla Lantz grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and lived out the last two years of high school in Aurora, Colorado. She began her love for music in first grade as she learned to play the piano and only 3 years later did she discover the flute. Since then, Lantz had become the first chair in both her high school bands, first chair in the Castle Rock Youth Orchestra and section leader of the marching band by sophomore year. In her Junior year, Ayla Lantz was accepted into the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and later that summer toured in Austria and the Czech Republic, performing at places such as the birthplace of Mozart and the Dvorak Hall. Around that time, Lantz started taking lessons with Tamara Maddaford. In 2019, Lantz won first place in the Colorado Flute Association Young Artist Competition and later performed in the Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra. As her freshman year begins, she strides with bright eyes and a hopeful disposition. She is grateful to learn from a master such as Christina Jennings.
Madison Tallman is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. During high school she studied under Dr. Nancy Andrew and was selected for the Colorado Springs All-City Band, Colorado All-State Band and the CU Boulder Honor Band. She was a member of the Colorado Springs Ovation Youth Orchestra for two years and received an honorable mention from the Colorado Flute Association competition. Madison attended Discovery Canyon Campus High School and was part of the high school symphonic band. She was principal flutist for all four years during high school and section leader for her senior year. She received the John Philip Sousa band award from her high school band conductor Mr. Justin Carpenter. In addition to studying under Dr. Andrew, she has performed for teachers across the country including Brook Ferguson, Leone Buyse, Carol Wincenc, Alberto Almaza and Soo-Kyung Park. Madison is excited to join Christina Jennings’ flute studio and is happy to be studying in Boulder.
Born and raised in Eaton, Colorado, Lexi Nigro discovered a passion for music at a young age. Prior to studying flute, she studied violin for six years starting at the age of six, which laid the foundation for her musical education. She also began singing around the same time, a passion that has persisted to this day. Nigro began playing flute in sixth grade as part of the middle school band and began studying privately in ninth grade, when she decided to pursue flute as a career. While at Eaton High School, Nigro was the first chair flutist for four years and section leader for three years in the marching, concert, and symphonic bands. She was also a member of Eaton’s first ever symphonic band, which was formed her junior year. While in high school, she was selected for a number of honor bands, including CU Honor Band and Colorado All-State Band. She has performed in master classes for Michelle Stanley, Christina Jennings, and Nicole Riner. Nigro is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in flute performance at the University of Colorado Boulder and is very excited to be part of Christina Jennings’s studio.
Class of 2023
Originally from Medford, Oregon, Courtney Badura is transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder as a junior. Badura always showed an interest in music from a young age, whether it be hitting keys on the piano or squeaking away on her mother’s old violin. But her love for the flute began on the very first day of 6th-grade band class when she chose the prettiest, shiniest instrument out of the lineup. Despite not being able to make a noise at first, she quickly found her voice and her passion for making music. Badura played the flute all throughout middle school and high school, and with the support of her family and encouragement from her band directors, Courtney participated in WIBC, OMEA All-State bands, placed second in the OSAA solo competition as a junior in high school and was principal flutist of the YSSO for three years. She went on to be accepted into the flute performance program at the University of Southern California. Here, she spent two wonderful years studying under Jim Walker, and had opportunities to play with amazing musicians in the orchestra, wind ensemble and opera orchestra, as well as woodwind quintets. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Badura chose to take a leave of absence from USC for the academic year. In this time, she has been studying with Diana Morgan as a member of DM Flute Studio and loving every second of it. Now, Badura is ecstatic to be finishing off her bachelor’s in Flute Performance studying with Christina Jennings at CU Boulder.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota native Lauren Flaten is a master’s candidate and teaching assistant under Christina Jennings, Flaten a member of CU Boulder's Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from St. Olaf College under Dr. Catherine Ramirez, serving as principal flute in the St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra. Flaten was a founding member of the Left Door Woodwind Quintet, and enjoyed playing in numerous chamber duos and trios. She has had opportunities to tour with large ensembles to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and internationally to Australia, New Zealand, Cuba and Argentina. Flaten has participated in the Miami Music Festival, Iowa Flute Intensive, Marina Piccinini International Masterclass and Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Fest. She has soloed with the St. Olaf Band and Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed in masterclass for artists including Mark Sparks, Nicole Esposito, Michele Belevance and Julia Bogorad-Kogan. An avid conductor, Flaten has studied under Steven Amundson and Dr. Timothy Mahr, and participated in the University of Minnesota Conducting Workshop with Emily Threinen, Jerry Luckhardt, Craig Kirchhoff and Allan McMurray.
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.