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Check back often to learn about accomplishments of current and former flute students at the University of South Carolina.

USC Students Selected as Finalists of SCFS Competition

Diane Kessel (DMA) and Philip Snyder (MM) were selected as finalists of the 2014 South Carolina Flute Society's Young Artist Competition.  The final round will be held at North Greenville University in April as part of the SCFS Spring Festival.

Emily Hessler wins Columbia Music Club Scholarship

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 College.

Kenneth Cox Wins Prize at Florida Flute Association Competition

Kenneth Cox, currently a senior at USC, recently 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. Kenny will graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance this May and plans to pursue graduate study in the fall.

USC flutists win prizes at the Kentucky Flute Festival

Zach Warren (BM) and Korinne Smith (DMA) traveled to Kentucky to compete in the final round of the 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. 

Philip Snyder selected as a finalist in concerto competition

Philip Snyder (MM) was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition. 

Lauren Watkins selected as finalist in the Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist Competition

Lauren Watkins (DMA) was selected as one of three finalists in the Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist Competition. Lauren will travel to Murfreesboro, TN in late March to compete with the other finalists at the 2014 Flute Festival Mid-South. 

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 7:30 p.m. 

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.