Meghan Bennett (DMA 2017) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Flute Performance and Woodwind Coordinator at Northern Kentucky University’s College of the Arts. She previously served as Instructor of Flute at Prairie View A&M University and on the faculties of OrchKids, a program of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Floot Fire, the Longhorn Music Camp and the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory.
Won Lee (BM 2011) received two prizes from the 2019 National Flute Association Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. He won 1st prize at the NFA Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition, and 3rd prize at the NFA Young Artist Competition. He is currently the Instructor of Flute at the University of Texas at Dallas and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas.
After graduating, Hayley Miller (MM 2019) is thrilled to be joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Second Flute/Piccolo this September. During her time at the Butler School, Hayley's studies with distinguished pedagogue, Marianne Gedigian, were extremely influential in her professional development as an artist. Miller continued her studies this summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she worked with renowned faculty including conductors Robert Spano, Nicholas McGegan, James Gaffigan and flutists Mark Sparks, Demarre McGill, and Nadine Asin. In addition to her upcoming season with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Hayley will be joining the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School as their Instructor of Flute.
This past summer, Zach Warren (MM 2019) was a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. During the fellowship, he performed a total of 21 concerts in the span of two month and performed in six different cities / towns across Colorado. Warren is the newly appointed 2nd flute / piccolo player of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and solo flutist with the TSO woodwind quintet.
Chelsea Tanner (DMA 2020) is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam. She previously served as Interim Instructor of Flute at Penn State University.
Timothy Hagen (DMA 2012) has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Principal Flute of the Dubuque (IA) Symphony. His composition Pop for solo flute won the 2018 National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition. His work L’histoire du Chat for flute, cello, and narrator received an honorable mention in that competition the same year, and his flute ensemble piece Big and Bright was a finalist in the 2019 competition. In November 2019, Hagen will be a featured recitalist on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, performing with pianist Benjamin Corbin (MM 2014, DMA 2016). The concert will be broadcast live on radio station WFMT, one of the nation’s premiere classical music stations.
Since the spring of 2018, Marely Eder (BM 2015) has been awarded 1st prize in the Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition, 2nd prize in the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, 2nd prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and 1st prize in the San Diego Flute Guild Competition. Last spring he participated in the Nielsen International Flute Competition, where he advanced to the semi-finals/round of 6 and had the chance to perform Concerto in d minor by CPE Bach with the Odense Symphony on Medici TV. Last month he won his first orchestra job with the San Luis Obispo symphony, where he will be playing Concerto for Flute and Harp by WA Mozart in the spring. Upcoming guest artist appearances include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Louisiana State University.
Upon graduating, Ryan Foley (MM 2018) began a post-graduate certificate program in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly after resuming his studies, Foley won the position of co-principal flutist in the United States Coast Guard Band--one of five congressionally appointed "premiere bands." In addition to his work with the Coast Guard Band, Ryan has also recently interned with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, been named a prize winner in the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and performed as a soloist in a number of early music chamber groups.
Meera Gudipati (BM 2015) currently holds the co-principal flute position with the United States Coast Guard Band. Previously, Gudipati performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as the acting principal flute for the 2015-2017 seasons. Gudipati appears on Hyperion Records CD Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. In addition to performing, Gudipati enjoys composing and recently published her first commission Ashakiran for Solo English Horn.
Catherine Baker (MM 2013) has most recently been named the Second Place Winner of the 2019 National Flute Association Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition. Baker lives in Los Angeles and serves as the Principal Flute of the Orchestra Santa Monica and flute teaching artist at the LAPhil's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at HOLA, the Neighborhood Music School, and the Young Musician’s Foundation.
This year, Joo Chung (MM 2017) was selected as the finalist of Orchestral Audition and Masterclass and won the 3rd place at the 2019 National Flute Association annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an associate member of Civic Orchestra orchestra of Chicago and currently freelancing and teaching in Dallas area.
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