Guest Artists

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Pamela De Sensi

Pamela is an italian-icelandic flutist. She has been very active in the icelandic music life, both as a performer and as organizer of musical activities. She has has also performed regularly in other countries, with emphasis on icelandic contemporary music for low flutes.

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Carl performs on flute, bass flute & guitar, and has been performing and recording with the Casco Bay Tummlers klezmer band for over 25 years. He has led klezmer workshops and ensembles for the Greater Boston Flute Association, the Portland (Maine) Conservatory of Music, and in various schools.

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Sophie Dufeutrelle is a Flutist, Flute Teacher, Composer, Conductor and founding member of “Pentagônes”, a flute sextet with whom she regularly plays. She has been teaching flute in the National School in Villeurbanne, France since 1981; she is also teacher training advisor for the Superior Conservatories of Music of Paris and Lyon.

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Cobus du Toit

South African native, Cobus du Toit is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and also serves on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College. He is a Haynes Ambassador Clinician. He received his MM and DMA under Christina Jennings.

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Carla Rees is a British low flutes specialist who has gained an international reputation for her innovative work. She is Artistic Director of rarescale, Director of Tetractys Publishing and International Liaison Chair for the National Flute Association of America. She is Programme Leader for Music at the Open College of the Arts, teaches the flute at Royal Holloway University of London and has a PhD from the Royal College of Music.

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Alexa Still is a New Zealand born flutist currently based in Oberlin, Ohio, where she teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Alexa studied in the U.S. with Samuel Baron at SUNY Stony Brook and with Thomas Nyfenger. She won several competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and East and West Artists Competition for a New York Debut. She has presented performances in many countries around the world and the United States.

Brian Allred

Brian Allred is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. He is Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is an avid proponent of new music. Brian also serves as director of the Kansas City Flute Choir.

Deborah Rebeck Ash

Deborah Rebeck Ash, DMA, flute, UMich, tours with the International & Metropolitan Flute Orchestras. Adjudicates for MSBOA, maintains private studio in Michigan. Taught at Univ. Windsor. Past principal flute, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra. Winner, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, NFA Professional Performer’s Competition.

Sue Blessing

Sue Blessing, a low flute specialist, studied at Indiana University and has performed with the IFO and the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra. Much of Sue’s time is devoted to the Blessing Foundation, a non-profit organization she created with the intention to preserve, share, and develop all methods of healing and peacemaking through sound and music.

Elizabeth Buck

Elizabeth Buck is Professor of Flute at Arizona State University.  Previous appointments include Visiting Associate Professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Principal Flute with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Buck holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School.

Catherine Bull

Catherine Bull was a founding member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and principal traverso for 18 years, for 12 years principal of the Southern Cresecent SO in Atlanta, a co-founder of Harmonie Universelle, and has been heard frequently on Performance Today.

Nicholas Buonanni

Nicholas Buonanni is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at MSU studying with Richard Sherman, and his undergraduate studies were at UCF with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia. He was recently selected as a winner of the NFA Convention Performer and Master Class Competitions.

Sharyn Byer

Sharyn Byer – Director of the Columbia Flute Choir from 1994 till present. An avid teacher and contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Flute community bringing the full spectrum of the flute orchestra to audiences at the White House, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, and giving world premiers at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and the National Flute Association Annual Fair.

Sonia Candelaria

Sonia Candelaria – flutist with the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band, Fort Myer, VA. Studied flute at the University of North Texas and New Mexico State University.

Elise Carter

Elise Carter had her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital hall in 2005 as a winner of the Artists’ International Competition, and appeared again to a sold out crowd in 2007. A member of Uptown Flutes, and Zinkali Trio, she is also the flute professor at Drew University in Madison New Jersey where she is the director of New Jersey Flute Choir Day.

Lisa Cella

Lisa Cella performs contemporary music all over the world. She is an Associate Professor at UMBC and teaches at the Soundscape Festival and Nief Norf. A co-founder of the ensemble NOISE, they present soundON: a three-day festival of modern music.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen heard that some group called the NFA Professional Flute Choir would be playing one of his compositions at some conference in San Diego. That was in 2005; his life has never been the same.

Pam Daniels

Pam Daniels – flutist with the US Army Field Band, Fort Meade, MD. Previously served with the Cape Cod Symphony and studied flute performance at the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory.

Beth Devlin

Beth Devlin is an avid amateur flutist, low flute enthusiast, and flute choir devotee. She is a life-time member of the National Flute Association, and works in Information Technology as a computer programmer/analyst.

Jeanette Donald

Jeanette Donald has played flute for 33 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Presbyterian College. She currently plays with a woodwind quintet, low flute trio, low flute quartet, flute choir, theater pit orchestra, and concert band. She lives and performs in Maryland.

Cassandra Eisenreich

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is on the flute and music education faculty at Slippery Rock University. She performs regularly with the Butler Symphony and Chamber Music Mayhem.

Tim Friedlander

Tim Friedlander teaches privately in Gaithersburg, MD. He is principal flutist in the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, and a member of Flutes on the Brink. Tim is a Life Member of the Flute Society of Washington, and performs regularly as a soloist with piano partner Natasha Dukan.

Noreen Friedman

Noreen Friedman received her BA in music from UCLA, where she studied with Sheridon Stokes. She and classical guitarist Bob Wysong perform as the Friedman-Wysong Duo and Noreen plays with Flutes on the Brink and several community concert bands.

Mariana Gariazzo

Mariana Gariazzo is an Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She holds a MM from Yale University and a DMA from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research and performance focuses on new music by Latin American composers. She actively premiers and commissions new works for flute and is an advocate of the expressive qualities of low flutes.

Debbie Gilbert

Debbie Gilbert holds a B.M.E. from Louisiana State University and has taught private flute lessons to youth and adults for over 25 years. She is currently the principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and she directs the adult handbell choir at Greenwich Presbyterian Church.

Aaron Goldman

Aaron Goldman is the Principal flute of the National Symphony Orchestra and is founder and co-director of DC Flutes. He received his BM from the Eastman School of Music.

Abraham Gonzalez

Abraham Gonzalez has performed in flute recitals, concertized and performed at various music conventions & symposiums in the U.S.  He was a performer at the NFA Convention 2001 and TMTA Convention 2002. He studied with and attended masterclasses with Linda Chesis, Paula Robinson, James Galway, Shirley Justus and Louis Moyse.

Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir

Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir, is a composer from Iceland.

Tanya Haley

Tanya Haley received her B.A. in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, where she studied with Alexa Still. She has been a member of the Columbia Flute Choir (Falls Church, VA) since 2010, with whom she has played at The White House, The Kennedy Center (with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway), and at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in 2015.

Yuko Hoshi

Tokyo-born flutist, composer and arranger, Yuko Hoshi, has performed as a leader or sideman in many concerts and festivals in Japan and the USA. She studied flute at Musashino college of music in Tokyo. She has performed at the Nice Int. Music Academy, and at numerous Keith Underwood Masterclasses, Ali Ryerson jazz flute Masterclasses and the International Summer seminar (Toyko).


Nicki Kuhn

Nicki Kuhn is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed at 3 NFA Conventions with the Northern Light Flutes and the Pittsburgh Professional Flute Choir.

Paige Dashner Long

Paige Dashner Long, Altus Artist, directs Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, summer residence New England Conservatory, Daytona State College Flute Choir & Florida Flute Orchestra. Teaches & directs festivals in US, Europe & Mexico. NFA Low Flutes; past president Greater Boston Flute Assoc.

Phyllis Avidan Louke

Phyllis Avidan Louke, an Altus Artist, is principal flute with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Symphonic Band, Music Director of Rose City Flute Choir in Portland, Oregon, and is in demand as a clinician. A low flute specialist, primarily on bass and contrabass flute, she has performed with the NFA’s Professional Flute Choir since 1993, and the International Flute Orchestra since 1997.

Anna Luther

Anna Luther performs, educates, and arranges all members of the flute family. She proudly calls Baltimore, Maryland, her home.

Alexandra MolnarSuhajda

Alexandra MolnarSuhajda Baldwin is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. She studied flute with Wendell Dobbs, Beverley Rajnes, and Judith Lapple, harp with Jeanne Chalifeaux and Elizabeth Blakeslee, and composition with Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. She has written many wonderful pieces for flute choir and low flutes choir that have been performed all over the world, including “Voices from the Deep,” “Moonlight,” and “Alchemy of Earth.

Nicole Nikolov

Nicole Nikolov currently enjoys playing alto flute with Flutes on the Brink, Flute Cocktail and Two Red Heads and a Dead Head. She loves the low flutes and hopes to eventually collect them all. She has had the privilege to study with Sarah Baird Fouse, Elizabeth Sadilek, and Tim Friedlander.

Mary Norris

Mary Norris is an accomplished C and Alto flutist who has performed with orchestras, bands and flute choirs in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the National Flute Association and Flute Society of Washington.

Nancy Nourse

Born in Picton, Ontario, Nancy Nourse is an educator, composer/arranger and flutist. She has studied at Queen’s University, Trinity College, London, Royal Conservatory of Toronto and S.U.N.Y. Potsdam. She has published articles in numerous music journals.

Troy Paolantonio

Troy Paolantonio – fifer with the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Fort Myer, VA. Current DMA Flute Student at Catholic University of America

Dan Parasky

Dan Parasky holds degrees from Boston and Duquesne University. His flute students have won awards and performed at all levels. Dan co-founded the PM Woodwind Project.

George Pope

George Pope is the Emeritus Professor of Flute at The University of Akron and Instructor of Flute at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony from 1978-2002, Mr. Pope also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and at the Spoleto Festival.

Chris Potter

Dr. Chris Potter has performed as a soloist on alto and bass flute in New York, Chicago, Boston, Paris, London, Manchester, England, Weggis, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego. She has published an Alto Flute Method and a Bass Flute Method available through Amazon, her website and many retail stores. Her Vibrato Workbook, published by Falls House Press, won the 2016 NFA Newly Published Music Competition in the pedagogy category. Her CD Flute Menagerie features solo works for alto and bass. She is the Low Flutes Choir Director at the Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland. ILFF Director.

Nan Raphael

Nan Raphael, has been a guest artist/clinician nationwide, piccoloist with the Maryland Lyric Opera, In Series Opera company, Int. Flute Orchestra, Washington Winds, Columbia Flute Choir and US Army Field Band. She has 4 piccolo CD’s, a book of piccolo band excerpts, and an article in the National Flute Association’s Pedagogy Anthology vol. 2. .

Sandra Ragusa

Known for her creative programming and strong interpretation, Sandra Ragusa has been invited to conduct orchestras on three continents including recent guest conducting engagements in Poland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, China, and Japan. Ms. Ragusa recently founded DC Modern, a Washington, DC- based contemporary music ensemble.

Kathryn Scarbrough

Kathryn Scarbrough, performer and clinician, collaborates with Eastman School faculty and is teaching assistant for The Artistic Flutist: Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass. Multiple NFA Convention World Premiere performances.

Magda Schwerzmann

Magda Schwerzmann teaches at the University of Bern, University of Lucerne & at the Conservatory of Winterhur, Switzerland. She is principal with the Orchestra Collegium Musicum Lucerne and studied with Peter-Lukas Graf, Robert Winn, Aurèle Nicolet and Barthold Kuijken. She is a prizewinner of the Nicati Competition. See:

Christina Steffen

Christina Steffen enjoys a diverse music career performing and teaching and has appeared at many music festivals. She is the flute professor at Mesa Community College in Arizona and is the founder and Music Director of Desert Echoes Flute Project.

Wendy Stern

Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. As a long-time member of the chamber ensemble Flute Force, Wendy discovered her affinity for the bass flute, and in the last ten years has premiered and recorded chamber music works for the instrument by Joseph Schwantner, Matthias Ziegler and Katherine Hoover, among others.

Gavin Stewart

Gavin Stewart – As a masters student at Royal Holloway, University of London, Gavin Stewart specializes in the performance of contemporary works for the flute family. An active chamber, solo and orchestral player, Gavin combines his playing with composition exploring instrumental capabilities and timbres.

Anna Svensdotter

Anna Svensdotter is educated at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg, and belongs to the handful of Swedish flutists who focus on new music and extended techniques. Since 1993 she has been on the Swedish stage for contemporary music and improvisation, always with a strong musicality and personality.

Anna Svensdotter

Colton Wansitler founded the Aura Duo was founded in 2013 with Nicholas Buonanni who are both Doctoral Candidates at Michigan State University. Since then, they have performed various recitals and outreach concerts in Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Blanc, as well as Jamestown and Chautauqua, New York.

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh is a freelance flautist, piccolo and alto flute player. Kate wrote a dissertation on the flute d’amore for her MA degree. Articles have been published by the Brazilian flute society, and the Sankyo website. She is acknowledged as the world expert by professors in Europe.

Kelly Mollnow Wilson

Kelly Mollnow Wilson (MM, Ohio State; BME, Baldwin-Wallace) is a flutist and teacher in Cleveland, OH. She performs with the Aella Flute Duo, teaches Body Mapping at Oberlin Conservatory, and provides manual therapy as a Neurokinetic Therapy practitioner and massage therapist for musicians seeking to move better.

Laura Beardsmore

Laura Beardsmore studied at Royal Holloway with Carla Rees, and later with Simon Channing and Robert Dick at his residential studio. Now based in London, Laura enjoys a varied career as a solo performer, chamber and opera musician and teacher.

Laura Benning

Laura Benning is an active performer in the Washington DC area, a 13-time member of the NFA Prof Flute Choir, and on the board of the Flute Society of Washington. She is coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, 2015 NFA Local Arrangements Chair, winner of 2016 Conv Performers Competition.

Traci Bluhm

Traci Bluhm is a performer of traditional and contemporary music. She is especially interested in the low flutes. She is a graduate of the Louisville School of Music. Currently performing with the Virginia Wind Symphony and Hampton Roads Flute Choir.

Traci Buckner

Traci Buckner began playing the C Flute at the age of 9 and picked up other instruments along her musical path. The alto flute is the latest addition and she is currently a member of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association Flute Choir.

Sharon Burrall

Sharon Burrall maintains a private flute studio in the Little Rock area.  She frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician.  Sharon is a graduate of Henderson State University (BME) and the University of Central Arkansas (MM).  She currently studies alto and bass flute with Dr. Christine Potter.

Elise Carter

Elise Carter had her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital hall in 2005 as a winner of the Artists’ International Competition. A member of Uptown Flutes, and Zinkali Trio, she is also the flute professor at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where she is the director of New Jersey Flute Choir Day.

Virginia Church

Virginia Church earned her MM from Boston University. She is the founder/director of the Charter Oak Flutes, a flute choir in central Connecticut. She teaches flute privately and performs in the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Michelle Clover

A native of Alexandria, VA, Michelle Clover holds degrees in flute performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Texas at Austin. Her honors include placing second in the Austin Flute Society Young Artist Competition and being selected as a finalist for the Byron Hester Competition sponsored by the Houston Flute Club.

Judy Diez d’Aux

Judy Diez d’Aux founded Les flûtistes de Montréal. For the 150th Canadian and 375th Montreal anniversaries, Judy commissioned pieces by Peter Senchuk and Richard Désilets. She is Chamber Music Coordinator of Assisi Performing Arts, Italy. Judy and Peter Sheridan recorded the album Continental Drift (MOVE Records).

Laura Gustavsen

Laura Gustavsen is a retired HS band director. She has won NFA competitions for the Prof. Flute Choir, Master Class, and Newly Published Music Comp. for Prof. Flutists. She performs with Sonevole, L.I. Professional Flute Choir and Metropolitan Flute Orchestra.

Anthony Minstein

Anthony Minstein has played the sax, clarinet, flute and oboe/english horn professionally in a wide range of styles since 1972. He has backed Sammy Davis Jr, Lou Rawls, Robert Goulet, Bob Hope, Mel Torme. His most recent Broadway shows include West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate, and Mary Poppins.

Yuko Okubo

Yuko Okubo is a flutist in Japan and member of Japan Jazz Flute Big Band. She graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae and won 3rd prize   in the 10th Japan Flute Convention Competition Ensemble Category. She is a instructor of the flute at Yamaha Music School.

Maria Ramey

Maria Ramey is a freelance flutist, board-certified music therapist, and flute teacher at Thayer Performing Arts Center. In addition to playing in several Massachusetts orchestras, Maria gives concerts throughout New England with her daughter on harp and husband on horn.

Debra C. Schild

Debra C. Schild taught in public education for 33 years.  She has degrees from C.W.Post College and SUNY Stony Brook.  Ms. Schild performs with  Sound Symphony, Sonevole a flute quartet and Atlantic Wind Symphony. She has been in Professional Flute Choir, NFA since 2011.

Leonor Snow

Leonor Snow plays in the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from SMU. At present she studies Baroque flute with Barbara Hopkins on one of six flutes donated to the NFA.

Lynne Stukart

Lynne Stukart is an Altus Flutes Performing Artist, Award winning Flutist and respected Educator.  She received her MM from the Univ. of Akron where she was the TA for George Pope. Lynne is Music Faculty at BHC and President of the QCFA.  Lynne has won several competitions and her teachers include George Pope, Peter Lloyd and Amy Porter.

David Tickton

David Tickton teaches and performs in Berkeley California. He has composed and arranged a number of pieces for 2 and 3 flutes and for other ensembles. His teachers included Robert Stallman, Sharon Zuckerman and Jean Pierre Rampal.

Mahoko Tsukamoto

Mahoko Tsukamoto is flutist in Japan and a member of Japan Jazz Flute Big Band. She earned her Bachelor of Music in flute performance at Musashino Academia Musicae. She has coached amateur musicians while musical activity with her friends.

Deborah Venezia,

Deborah Venezia, a founding member of Éclectique of Central Fl. She is an active freelancer, teacher,  is a senior facilitator and member of the college creative team for the Walt Disney Co. Education Series.  MM in flute performance Mason Gross, Rutgers Univ. and Master of Divinity, Drew Theological School .


Kuniko Yamada

Kuniko Yamada lives in Tokyo and graduated from the Senzoku College of Music where she is currently a lecturer. She has played contrabass flute at festivals in the US, Europe, Asia and Peru.