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Welcome to the USC Flute Studio page! Studio members are accomplished performers, having won prizes in competitions of the Texas Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Atlanta Flute Club, Central Ohio Flute Association, Mid-South Flute Society, S.C. Flute Society, Flute Society of Kentucky, Flute Society of Washington, Florida Flute Association, and the National Flute Association. As a studio, we are also regularly involved in community engagement projects, which give our students hands-on experience with marketing, event planning, and arts advocacy.

The studio is a close-knit group, and together we cultivate a warm and supportive atmosphere that encourages creativity, experimentation and growth. Our motto: Work hard and be nice to people! Please visit often – on the web or in person. There is always something going on (performances listed in the side bar of this page) and we would love to meet you!

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Current Flute Students

Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown

A native of Newnan, Georgia, Olivia Abernathy is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance at the University of South Carolina. She holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from USC and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Jacksonville State University (AL), where she studied with Dr. Jeremy Benson. Olivia was a finalist in the 2015 Florida Flute Association College Young Artist Competition and was the winner of the 2015 National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Solo Competition in the Orchestral Winds division. She was the featured soloist on the JSU Chamber Winds’ recent performance of the Chaminade Concertino, and was a regular substitute in the Gadsden (AL) Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as part of pit orchestras for several musicals. She is a recipient of a graduate woodwind fellowship from USC. Olivia is passionate about teaching flutists of all ages and maintains a private studio in the Columbia area. She is currently pursuing her KinderFlute certification and serves as an instructor for USC’s KinderFlute program. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys cooking and baking, as well as spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

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Dorion Burkett

Dorion Burkett is a second year undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from Summerville High School in South Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education with a Performance Certificate. Dorion’s past teachers are Michael Shiverdecker and John Samuel Roper from Charleston, SC. Dorion was a winner of the Columbia Music Club Scholarship in the spring of 2016. This year, he is one of the Carolina Band’s piccolo section leaders and aims to be drum major his senior year. Outside of band, Dorion enjoys crocheting, attempting ukulele, and playing Pokémon.

Josie Cox

Josie Cox

Josie Cox is a junior at the University of South Carolina where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. Josie has lived in South Carolina all of her life and attended Carolina Forest High School where she participated in the marching band and wind ensemble. She was consistently placed in local and regional honor bands throughout high school and played in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since becoming a student at USC, Josie was chosen to play in the South Carolina Flute Society's Masterclass Competition for Mark Sparks. She is also proud to be in the USC Undergraduate Flute Quartet which was chosen to compete in the Flute Society of Kentucky's Quartet Competition in the spring of 2017.  Josie has attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina where she worked with master teacher Göran Marcusson. She was also awarded a Magellan Research Grant which allowed her to travel to Saarburg, Germany this past summer and participate in the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival. 

Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis

 Jenny Davis is a first year DMA student in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She is a member of the Spark Collective and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the USC flute studio. Before moving to Columbia, Jenny spent two years in Memphis, TN where she maintained a full time teaching studio, founded the Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music ensemble, and performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra among other area ensembles. As an event organizer for Memphis arts organization Crosstown Arts, Jenny recently founded and organized the Continuum Music Festival, which featured ensembles and performers of diverse styles including new music ensembles from across the state of Tennessee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Beethoven Club of Memphis, Mid-South Flute Society, and the Carolina Flute Guild. She holds degrees from Boston University and Middle Tennessee State University, a teaching certificate from the Boston Flute Academy, and completed two years of post-graduate study with Trevor Wye at his Studio in England.

Jordyn Drezek

Jordyn Drezek

 Jordyn Drezek is currently attending the University of South Carolina School of Music to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education degree studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley and marching with the Carolina Marching Band. Jordyn graduated from Dutch Fork High School holding high academic honors with a concentration in performing arts and humanities. She played in the Dutch Fork Jazz Band, Chamber Winds ensembles, Symphonic Winds, and performed solo performances. Jordyn has participated in the South Carolina Region Band for six years, receiving an All State call back her senior year. Jordyn was a part of the Dutch Fork Silver Spirit Marching band for six years, where she marched for four years and was awarded the leadership position of Drum Major for her Junior and Senior year. She currently holds a staff position as the flute instructor for the Irmo Marching Band. Along with her dedication to music, she also fosters a love for reading and spending time with her family. Jordyn hopes to pursue a career as a music educator and band director after graduating the university.

Annie Eaton

Annie Eaton is from Saint Petersburg, Florida, and is a first year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Flute Performance in the studio of Dr. Parker-Harley. Annie has participated numerous times in All-County and All-State conventions, Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Pinellas Youth Symphony, and masterclasses with Paula Robison, Judith Mendenhall, Donna Shin, and Nancy Stagnitta. Annie has attended Kinhaven Music School for two years, Interlochen Flute Institute, and has studied with Clay Ellerbroek for two years.  Outside of music, Annie is an avid hockey fan,  swimmer, and reader.

Jessica Frankle

Jessica Frankle

Jessica Frankle is a senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in marine science and a music minor. She graduated from Dutch Fork High School in her hometown of Irmo, South Carolina.  Jessica’s previous teachers have been Jon Brady, Lorrie Turner and Dr. Lauren Watkins. She currently studies with Emily Stumpf and Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She is an active member of USC’s Carolina Marching Band, Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS), and has performed with the USC Symphonic Winds.  Jessica is also the alumni outreach coordinator to the Carolina Flute Guild and acts as the undergraduate researcher in Dr. Billy Moore’s marine geochemistry laboratory. When she is not being multifaceted in her edification, she enjoys photography and spending time reading, snorkeling, and eating and laughing with friends and family.

Brianna Futch

Brianna Futch

Brianna Futch, a native of Woodstock, GA, is a second year Master of Music student at the University of South Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Minor in German. During Summer 2017, she attended the Miami Music Festival in Florida as well as interned with Flutistry Boston in Massachusetts in both repair and sales. She has also performed in master classes throughout the Southeast with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Michael Hasel, Ransom Wilson, Marianne Gedigian and Carol Wincenc. She has attended the Flutissimo! Summer Flute Festival for four consecutive years, the most recent of which she also acted as a student worker. She was an active member of the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Opera Orchestra, performing in concerts throughout the southeastern United States and Europe. She is a member of the National Flute Association and has been an active member of the Atlanta Flute Club since 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, attending music festivals and spending time with her friends, family and her 116-pound puppy, Bruno.  

Noemi Glaeser

Noemi Glaeser

Noemi Glaeser is a sophomore pursuing undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science in the USC Honors College as well as a music minor with a Performance Certificate. She performed in numerous ensembles in high school including district and regional bands, musical pits, and her high school's full orchestra. She was also the principal flute of the TJHSST Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and served as piccolo section leader for the 2014 TJ Marching Colonials. In 2013 she performed with SWE at the National Association for Music Education National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. Noemi was selected to march in the East vs. West Bowl Game in San Antonio, TX, with the 2015 Army All-American Marching Band. She was also a member of the American Youth Philharmonic and the Northern Virginia Youth Winds, and participated in the South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band in January 2016 directed by Dr. Eugene Corporon. Noemi currently plays mellophone in the Carolina Band.

Mimi Harding

Mimi Harding

Mimi Harding is a Senior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. Mimi’s musical pursuits include performing, collaborating, learning, and teaching. She is particularly interested in creating musical experiences for those who fear differences, allowing them to discover pleasure or to appreciate beauty in something new in order to invoke understanding and openness. She is currently pursuing a classical music performance degree, but also regularly immerses herself in research and collaborative projects. Mimi has presented her Magellan Scholar award winning ‘Tango and Argentine Politics’ research at two College Music Society conferences and is currently on the Membership Committee for the society. She is also on the planning committee for the Bongotsov 2017 festival at USC whose goal is to bring Bengali music and culture to her university in an all day, interactive music festival. Mimi is an accomplished flute player having studied under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley at the University of South Carolina. She won 1st place in the Flute Society of Kentucky’s collegiate artist competition in 2017. Previously, she won 1st place in both the Junior and Senior artist competitions of the South Carolina Flute Society. Mimi has participated in numerous summer music festivals including Fresh Inc. with 5th House Ensemble, Decoda Chamber Music institute, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival where she won 2nd place in the festivals concerto competition in 2016. She is also USC’s Presser Awardee of 2017.

Miguel Hijar

Miguel Hijar

Miguel Hijar is an active performer of both classical and contemporary music. At the University of South Florida, Miguel served as principal flutist of the wind ensemble and performed with the symphony orchestra. As an enthusiastic advocate for new music, Miguel has performed various contemporary works in collaboration with the USF New Music Consortium and New Music Conflagration, a local non-profit organization. In 2011 he was the winner of the FCSAA Winter Music Symposium’s Young Artist Competition and was awarded a scholarship to continue his undergraduate studies. Shortly after graduating, Miguel began performing with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Sun City Center, FL, where he held the position of principal flutist. Miguel has also performed internationally at the Vianden Festival 2016 in Luxembourg. In previous years Miguel has studied with Barbara Prescott, Dr. Kim McCormick and Clay Ellerbroek. Currently, Miguel is the recipient of a Woodwind Fellowship at the University of South Carolina where he studies with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley and is working on his Master of Music Degree.

Morgan Monty

Morgan Monty

Morgan Monty, a native of Charleston, South Carolina,  is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina where she studies with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Morgan holds first prizes in the SC MTNA Junior Woodwind competition, the SC Flute Society Senior Artist competition, and the SCMEA Master Recital. She has performed as part of the Honor Orchestra of America, the Charleston Wind Symphony, and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In the summer of 2016, she attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute as a member of the Flute Workshop.  Outside of her flute playing, Morgan is passionate about her faith, running, and spending time with the people she loves.

Emma Pittman

Emma Pittman

Emma Pittman is a freshman Flute Performance major at the University of South Carolina. She graduated with honors from Nation Ford High School where she played in the wind symphony and marching band. She performed multiple solos in these ensembles and served as flute section leader and woodwind captain. Emma previously studied for seven years with Esther Clonts. Apart from her musical studies, she enjoys digital painting and intends to pursue a double major in Media Arts and Music.

Sabrina Raber

Hailing from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Sabrina Raber is a first year graduate student pursuing a Masters of Music Performance. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, with a focus in Arts Administration, from Ohio State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her principal teachers include Katherine Borst Jones and Carol Meves. Eager to learn, she has played in master classes for Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Valerie Coleman, Ian Clarke and Jeff Zook. Sabrina has performed on flute and piccolo with a multitude of ensembles including the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. She has played in venues all over the world and in major events such as the NFA Annual Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the National Governors Association Conference, and the American Bandmaster’s Association Conference. In 2016, Sabrina served as Co-President and Webmaster of the Central Ohio Flute Association, and was in charge of planning the annual flute festival, as well as designing the website. She was also part of the Digital Marketing team for Northstar Café and Chamber Music Columbus. At the University of South Carolina, she will be working as a graduate assistant to David Cutler and the entrepreneurship program. Outside of the music world, Sabrina is an avid photographer, a self-identified foodie, sports fan, and lover of all things wonderful.

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Philip Snyder

Philip Snyder is a graduate assistant and DMA candidate in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina. Philip is interested in the experimental pursuit of performance as a process. He frequently performs as a member of new music ensembles including Collaborations in Contemporary Art (Cica), the USC Experimental Music Workshop, and is a founding member of earspace. He is especially interested in electro-acoustic works and work inspired by the Japanese Shakuhachi. Philip is the founder and director of Wired Music, a coffee shop new music series in Columbia, SC. He is additionally active as a commissioner and composer of experimental and electronic music. His album of field recordings, around-past-away, was released in May 2016 and he is currently recording an album of improvisatory flute and electronics music. Philip is a past winner of the Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist Competition as well as a finalist in many other competitions. He has played with the Ohio Light Opera, South Carolina Philharmonic, Union Symphony, and Long Bay Symphony. In addition to his flute playing, Philip is a hobby outdoorsmen and has hiked over 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Josh Stine

Josh Stine

Joshua Stine is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Since being at the University of South Carolina, Joshua has performed in various ensembles such as the USC Symphonic Winds, the Wind Ensemble and the Palmetto Concert Band. He has also performed in master classes for Dr. Jennie Oh Brown and Dr. Erin Frechette. Joshua has attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat where he performed for Dr. Bradley Garner and Göran Marcusson. In the summer of 2017, he received a Magellan Grant from USC to attend the Saarburg International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany to research pedagogical techniques with USC Flute Studio member Josie Cox and Dr. Parker-Harley.

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Emily Stumpf

Emily Stumpf is committed to making her community a better place as an artist citizen by sharing her joy and passion for the flute, art and music history, and music making. She is currently a D.M.A. candidate in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina and strives to uphold the institution’s motto emollit mores nec sinit esse feros, “learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” She models this as a learner and as a teacher. In her work as a Graduate Assistant and as a KinderFlute Instructor, she teaches her students the joys of music, to have courage, and to always be kind.

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Ally Welborn

Ally Welborn is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree and studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. While attending Sumter High School, she performed in school and community bands and orchestras, and held leadership positions in the marching band. Ally was a member of the South Carolina Region Band and All-State Band. Ally has performed at many local churches, for weddings, and even for an Air Force retirement ceremony. She enjoys helping others and paying things forward in her community. Outside music, Ally enjoys creating art, being outdoors, and going on adventures – preferably with friends!