Flute Studio News
Check back often to learn about accomplishments of current and former flute students
at the University of South Carolina.
Sounds Around Town, April 25
Sounds Around town presented by the USC Flute Studio showcases USC students, faculty,
and staff in a one day music festival held in four locations around Columbia. Join
us for concerts on the hour every hour from 10am-7pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at
the USC Thomas Cooper Library, Columbia Museum of Art, Five Points Fountain, and Whole
Foods on Devine. Enjoy a day outside listening to beautiful music while spending time
with friends and family in our wonderful city.
Spring Semester Guest Artists
The Carolina Flute Guild will host multiple guest artists for masterclasses and concerts
during the Spring Semester. Jonathan Keeble, Professor of Flute at the University
of Illinois, will be on campus for a masterclass and recital on February 23. Mimi
Stillman, Artistic Director and flutist with Dolce Suono will present a masterclass
for USC flute students on February 24. Dolce Suono will perform a concert on the Southern
Exposure concert series on February 25. Alison Sincoff, Associate Professor of Flute
at Ohio University, will present a masterclass and recital on April 1. This is sure
to be a great semester filled with wonderful flutists working with our students at
USC Students selected as prize winners and finalists in competitions
Zach Warren (BM) and Samantha Marshall (BM) were selected as finalists for the Flute
Society of Kentucky's Collegiate Artist Competition. Zach was awarded First Prize
and Samantha was awarded Second Prize at the January competition.
Zach Warren (BM) was awarded First Prize in the Flute Society's of Washington's Collegiate
Soloist Competition at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in February.
Samantha Marshall (BM) won Third Prize in the 2015 Florida Flute Association's Collegiate
Lauren Watkins (DMA) performed as a finalist in the Byron Hester Competition of the
Houston Flute Club.
Zach Warren (BM) was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Central Ohio Flute Association's
(COFA) Collegiate Artist Competition.
Lauren Watkins (DMA) was selected as a semifinalist in the 30th annual Myrna Brown
Young Artist Competition. Lauren will perform in the live round in mid-May.
Korinne Smith (DMA) and Emily Stumpf (DMA) will perform in masterclass for Paula Robison
as winners of the SC Flute Society's masterclass competition. Korinne was also selected
as a finalist in the 2015 SC Flute Society's Young Artist Competition.
USC Flute Studio Alumni Accomplishments
Kenneth Cox (BM '14) will compete as a finalist in the 2015 Atlanta Flute Club's Young
Artist Competition. Blair Francis (BM '12) can be seen performing with the New York
Philharmonic flute section in an upcoming concert. Sarah Robinson (DMA '13) recently
published a book called "Clubbing For Classical Musicians" based off her doctoral
research while at USC.
Carolina Flute Guild Fall Festival
The Carolina Flute Guild hosted a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 15 at the USC
School of Music. Philip Dikeman, Associate Professor of Flute at Vanderbilt University,
will presented masterclass and recital. The masterclass featured the winner of the
High School Masterclass Competition along with current USC flute students. The Honors
Flute Choir conducted by Georgianna Oswald rehearsed and performed at the Fall Festival.
Thank you to all the wonderful flutists who joined us for a great day of learning,
performing, and friendship! Stay tuned for details regarding the 2015 Carolina Flute
Guild Fall Festival.
USC Students will study and perform all over the world this summer.
Diane Kessel (DMA) will perform at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD.
Lauren Watkins (DMA) will perform as a flute and piccolo fellow with the Taneycomo
Festival Orchestra in Branson, MO. She will also perform with her flute and percussion
duo, flusSion, in a Spotlight Concert at the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston,
SC. Stacey Russell (DMA) and Samantha Marshall (BM) will study at the Saarburg Serenaden
International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany this summer. Philip Snyder (MM)
will travel to Japan to study Shakuhatchie flute. Philip will also attend Jim Walker's
Beyond the Masterclass held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Incoming undergraduate
student Mimi Harding will attend the Wildacres Flute Retreat held in Little Switzerland,
Congratulations Class of 2014
Seniors Kenny Cox and Caroline Beard will pursue their Master's degree in Flute Performance
at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) beginning in the
Fall as students of Dr. Bradley Garner.
Senior Christian Bailey will begin studies at Northwestern University's Bienen School
of Music as a student of John Thorne as he pursues a Master's degree in Flute Performance.
Senior Brittany Schofield graduated with a degree in Music Education and will pursue
a career as an educator.
Emily Stumpf (MM) will begin her Doctoral degree at USC in the Fall as a continuing
student of Dr. Parker-Harley.
USC Students win prizes in local and national competitions
Congratulations to all of our current students for representing the USC Flute Studio
in multiple local and national competitions!
Philip Snyder (MM) was selected as a winner of the National Flute Association's Masterclass
Competition. Philip will perform at the 2014 convention held in Chicago in August.
Diane Kessel (DMA) and Philip Snyder (MM) competed in the Young Artist Competition
at the South Carolina Flute Society's Spring Festival. Diane was awarded Second Prize
and Philip was awarded Third Prize.
Lauren Watkins (DMA) won Second Prize in the Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist
Competition held in Murfreesboro, TN in late March.
Freshman Emily Hessler was named winner of the Collegiate Winds Division of the Columbia
Music Club Scholarship. As a result, she was selected to perform on the winner's
recital held in the Recital Hall of the Wright Spears Music/Arts Center at Columbia
Kenneth Cox, currently a senior at USC, won second prize at the 2014 Florida Flute
Association College Young Artist Competition in Orlando, Florida. He was one of five
finalists chosen from across the US to appear in the live round of competition at
the convention in late January.
Philip Snyder (MM) was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's
Zach Warren (BM) and Korinne Smith (DMA) traveled to Kentucky to compete in the final
round of the 2014 Kentucky Flute Society's Competitions. Zach won Third Prize in the
Collegiate Artist Competition, and Korinne won Second Prize in the Young Artist Competition.
Meghan Bennett selected as finalist in the Atlanta Flute Club Competition
Meghan Bennett (BM, USC '11) was selected as one of three finalists in the Atlanta
Flute Club Competition. Meghan will travel to Georgia to compete at the annual Atlanta
Flute Fair held at the end of February.
Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley performs as soloist with the USC Wind Ensemble
Dr. Parker-Harley and flutists from the USC Wind Ensemble and USC Symphonic Winds
will perform Henry Brant's "Angels and Devils" for solo flute and flute orchestra.
The concert takes place at the Koger Center for the Arts on Tuesday, December 3 at
Caroline Beard published in "Caravel" Undergraduate Research Journal
Caroline Beard's (BM, USC '14) article "Piece for solo flute: an Interpretation" was
published in the USC Undergraduate Research Journal "Caravel." The article includes
how her research on composer Jacques Ibert influenced her study and performance of
his Piece for solo flute and her own recording of the work.
USC Studio Members win SC Flute Society Masterclass Competition
USC students Kenneth Cox, Samantha Marshall, Stacey Russell, and Lauren Watkins were
selected as winners of the South Carolina Flute Society's Masterclass Competition.
Each student will perform in a master class for Guest Artist Katherine Kemler at the
annual Fall Seminar held on November 16th at USC. For more information, please visit
Blair Francis wins Second Flute with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
Blair Francis (BM, USC '12) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in flute performance
at the University of Texas- Austin as a student of Marianne Gedigian. In August 2013
Blair was awarded the position of Second Flute with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
(TX). Blair will perform with the orchestra during the 2013-2014 concert season with
highlights being Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Brahm's Symphony No. 2, Verdi's Requiem,
and Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra.
Sarah Robinson invited to Guest Blog on Greg Sandow's popular Arts Journal
Sarah Robinson (DMA, USC '13), completed her dissertation on chamber music in alternative
venues in May. Now living in Los Angeles, Sarah is flutist for the world/classical/rock
group Helix Collective. She is also co-director of Classical Revolution: L.A. which
hosts classical music in bars and clubs around the city. Sarah was invited to guest
blog about her research and extensive club experience on Greg Sandow's popular Arts
Journal blog about the future of classical music.
Sarah was also a panelist discussing sustainable entrepreneurship at the "Are We Listening?
A Symposium on Music, Change and Challenge" at Boston University on October 25.