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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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A native of Newnan, Georgia, Olivia Brown is pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Jacksonville State University (AL), where she studied flute with Dr. Jeremy Benson. Prior to college, she studied with Bethany Lukehart. 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. A sister of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, she is a recipient of the Sword of Honor and the Ruby Sword of Honor. She was the JSU David L. Walters Department of Music’s Most Outstanding Freshman in 2012, and in April 2015, she was named its Most Outstanding Senior. She is a recipient of a graduate woodwind fellowship from USC. Olivia enjoys teaching flutists of all ages and maintains a private studio in the Columbia area.
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 is a sophomore 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. Prior to attending USC, she studied with Amy Tully. She was consistently placed in local and regional honor bands throughout high school and played in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Charles Evans. Since becoming a student at USC, Josie won second place for her age group in the Art of Woodwind and Brass category of the Great Composers Competition Series. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina where she worked with master teacher Göran Marcusson.
Jessica Frankle is a junior 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, a native of Woodstock, GA, is a first year Master of Music student at the University of South Carolina. She recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Minor in German. Her previous teachers include Angela Jones-Reus of Athens, GA, and Lucy Kowalski of Holly Springs, GA. She has 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 also attended the Flutissimo! Summer Flute Festival for three consecutive years. 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 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 is a junior flute performance major. She enjoys learning and playing various world music genres and is currently preparing for a lecture recital on tango and Argentine politics. She attended the Decoda Summer Chamber Music Institute in the summer fo 2016 which fueled her ambitions to bring music to unexpected audiences and venues. Mimi also likes to paint, bike and dance.
Emily Hessler is beginning her senior year at the University of South Carolina and will graduate in the Spring of 2017. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Performance Certificate and a minor in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, she plans to move back to her home state of Minnesota to attend law school. She plans to remain engaged in music, either in a community orchestra or teaching private flute lessons for underprivileged students.
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.
Philip Snyder is a graduate assistant and D.M.A. candidate in flute performance at the University of South Carolina. He frequently performs as a member of new music ensembles including Collaborations in Contemporary Art (Cica) and the ebb:flow music collective. He is an avid promoter of new music and is active as a commissioner and composer of experimental and electronic music. His album of field recordings, around-past-away, was released in May 2016. 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 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.
Joshua Stine is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. A graduate from Carolina Forest High School, Joshua earned many chair placements in county, region and state honor bands, including first chair in the 2015 USC Band Clinic Honor Band. One of his most powerful musical moments was performing Robert W. Smith's Mekong at the 2012 Coastal Carolina University Honor Band Clinic conducted by the composer himself. Other important moments in Joshua’s career include his three years spent in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Charles Evans. He has also performed in pit orchestras for his musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. In the summer of 2016, Joshua attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina where he performed for Dr. Bradley Garner and Göran Marcusson. Joshua believes that working closely with Dr. Parker-Harley at USC will not only enhance his musical ability, but also broaden his opportunities on national and international stages.
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.
Anative of Charlotte, North Carolina, Zach Warren is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina where he studies with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Zach holds first prizes in competitions at the Florida Flute Association, the Kentucky Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington and was a semi-finalist in the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s Artist Competition. He was named an Apprentice of the National Music Festival Orchestra for their summer 2016 season as well as a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony’s 2016-2017 season. Zach has performed in master classes with Paula Robison, Robert Langevin, Bonita Boyd, Göran Marcusson, Marianne Gedigian, Lorna McGhee and Mimi Stillman.
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!