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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!

Flute Studio News


Current Flute Students

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Catie Balsamo

Catie Balsamo is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Catie has spent her education thus far becoming as well-rounded of a musician as possible. Prior to entering college, Catie graduated with High Honors from the Honors Music Program outside of her high school  through Westminster Conservatory after studying chamber music, jazz, composition, conducting, and history there for four years. She was also a participant in the NFA High School Flute Choir for three years where she had the opportunity to perform in San Diego, Minneapolis, and Orlando under the direction of Darrin Thaves, Wendy Kumer, and George Pope. In July of 2018, Catie also had the opportunity to travel across six countries in Europe with a concert band comprised of select students from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has also played in masterclasses for Jim Walker, Bart Feller, Nina Assimakopoulos, and Valerie Coleman, and attended ARIA International Music Academy where she also received masterclasses from Linda Toote, Alexa Still, and Jonathan Keeble. Aside from music, Catie also enjoys baking, traveling, and hiking.

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Laurie Baynard

Laurie Baynard is a DMA candidate at the University of South Carolina studying under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Prior to USC, Laurie lived in Connecticut where she served as co-principal flutist of the United States Coast Guard Band, as well as flutist for the official Flute and Harp Duo of the Coast Guard band for six years. She has performed in venues across the country including Avery Fischer Hall, Meyerson Symphony Hall, and the Kauffman Center. In addition, she frequently performed in venues around D.C. for formal military ceremonies and for presidential ceremonies including the inaugurations of President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Laurie was selected as a semifinalist for the 2019 Myrna Brown Young Artist competition. In addition, she has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Augusta Symphony and the Greenville Symphony. When she is not playing flute, she spends her time with her two little girls, Abigail and Emily, brand new baby boy, Levi, and her husband Tim. Laurie has a Master's degree from The University of Georgia, and a Bachelor's degree from Southern Wesleyan University.

MacKenzie Bewley

MacKenzie Bewley  

MacKenzie Bewley is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a member of the University of South Carolina Honors College. She recently graduated from Dutch Fork High School as both a Distinguished Honor Graduate and a STEM Scholar. MacKenzie was a member of her high school’s marching band for six years, serving as the flute section leader for three years and as the featured soloist her senior year. She has participated in numerous music clinics, such as Region Band, All-State Band, and All-State Orchestra. MacKenzie has also been a member of various ensembles, including the South Carolina Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the South Carolina Youth Wind Symphony. In addition to music, MacKenzie is passionate about activism, history, art, and Japanese food.

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Katie Bono

Katie Bono is a freshman pursuing her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of South Carolina where she studies under Dr. Parker-Harley. She is from Clover, South Carolina, and graduated from Clover High School. She was a member of Clover’s flute choir for five years. She has attended several band clinics, including Region Band and All State. She did marching band in high school for 4 years. During that time, she was a soloist and was drum major. Currently Katie is a member of the Carolina Marching Band. She actively plays flute at her church, and she also sings in the choir there. Outside of music, Katie enjoys watching movies and cooking.

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Dana Crytser

Dana Crytser is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of South Carolina where she studies flute with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Dana is a graduate of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she received an arts diploma in music. Dana has been recognized in competitions including the Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Competition, the Mid-South Flute Society Collegiate Masterclass Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Competition, and the Florida Flute Association Collegiate Artist Competition. An avid chamber musician, Dana hopes to pursue and promote chamber music and utilize this musical medium to engage with local communities and foster impactful concert experiences.

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Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis is a DMA candidate at the University of South Carolina and teaches flute Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She is the director of Memphis-based Blueshift Ensemble and other current projects include experimental flute duo if.else and Opus901 chamber music series. In addition to her work as a flutist, Jenny is a performance coordinator at Crosstown Arts in Memphis and organizer of the Continuum Music Festival. Jenny has been a prize winner in competitions such as the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, COFA Young Artist Competition, Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition, and semifinalist in the Myrna Brown and RAFA Artist Competitions. She holds degrees from Boston University, Middle Tennessee State Univ., and additional studies at Trevor Wye Flute 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 second 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.

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Roya Farzaneh

Roya Farzaneh is currently DMA candidate at the University of South Carolina under Jennifer Parker-Harley. She holds flute performance degrees from The University of Akron (M.M. ‘14), Middle Tennessee State University (B.M. ‘12) and Certificate of Completion from Trevor Wye’s Flute Studio. Her principal teachers include George Pope, Trevor Wye, and Deanna Little. She has attended the National Music Festival and presented at several conventions including Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, and the National Flute Association conventions. Roya has performed with the Long Bay Symphony, the Guelph Symphony and the Stratford Symphony in Ontario, Canada.

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Ziqing Guan

Ziqing Guan is a first year DMA student at the University of South Carolina studying under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She is originally from Guangzhou, China. Before coming to United States, Ziqing earned her Bachelor degree in flute performance in Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China. She founded a flute quartet with other three colleagues in the school, and won a second prize in the quartet competition in the China Flute Association Competition in 2014. She received her Master degree in flute performance in Texas State University, where she studied with Dr. Adah Toland Jones. Ziqing had attended the Texas State Chamber Orchestra European Tour in 2017 with performances in Prague, Luxembourg and Budapest. In addition, she was one of the performers in the 2016 Musicartissimo Flute Master Class and Recital in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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Emma Lacey

Emma Lacey is a freshman at the University of School Carolina where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She recently graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. While in Greenville, Emma studied with Dr. Caroline Ulrich and was the principal flutist of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra from 2018-2019. Prior to attending the Governor’s School, she studied with Julie Diamond for three years in Charleston, SC. She has attended The Consummate Flutist Summer Masterclass Series, the ARIA International Music Academy, and the Carolina Music Conservatory.  Emma has performed in master classes for Alexa Still, Linda Toote, Aaron Goldman, Leone Buyse, Lorna McGhee, Alberto Almarza, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. In 2019, she was selected to perform in Piccolo Spoleto’s Rising Stars Performance series, and placed 2nd in the South Carolina Flute Society’s Senior Artist Competition. Outside of music, Emma enjoys speaking French, painting, and hiking.

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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. Morgan holds first prizes in competitions such as the SC MTNA Junior Woodwind competition,the SCMEA Master Recital, the SC Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition, and more. She has performed in masterclasses with Denis Bouriakov, Valerie Coleman, and Jasmine Choi. Morgan has spent the summers as a fellow at the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.and as a flutist in the Symphony Orchestra at the Miami Classical Music Festival. In the spring of 2019, Morgan won first prize in the Spark Creativity in Music Awards Competition for a chamber music outreach event she planned in partnership with Lutheran Services Carolina Refugee Organization and the Columbia Arts Center. Outside of her flute playing, Morgan is passionate about getting to know her community through a lens of service and enjoys volunteering throughout the Columbia, SC  area.

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Blair Mothersbaugh

Blair Mothersbaugh is an active performer and collaborator in Columbia, SC. In the first year of his Master's degree, studying flute and community engagement, he is a member of the UofSC Spark Collective, Duende flute quartet, and an ambassador for the music entrepreneurship program. Blair has performed in numerous locations in Europe and across the U.S., and in masterclasses for Claire Chase, Robert Dick, Goran Marcusson, and Nicole Chamberlain, among others. He has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the American Guild of Organists, and Grammy Award-winning Pacific MusicWorks. A native of the West, Blair is an avid outdoorsman, and lover of all things nature, a love that influences his performance practice. Blair maintains a lifelong passion for choral music as well. Outside of music, Blair enjoys photography, cooking, and dogs. Primary mentors include Jennifer Parker-Harley, Nicole Riner, and Nicole Lamartine. BME, University of Wyoming.

Emma Pittman

Emma Pittman

Emma Pittman is a sophomore 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.

Clara Ungerer

Clara Ungerer 

Clara Ungerer is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education. During her time at Union Academy High School in North Carolina, Clara participated in local University Wind Ensembles, the Queen's University Concerto Competition, All-District Clinics, and All-County Clinics. She has performed in her school’s marching band while holding several officer positions, and her school’s pep band. Clara began teaching music her senior year of high school when she was made the music program intern in her school. This allowed her to teach Sixth Grade Band classes and give free private lessons to students playing any band instrument, not just flute or woodwinds. Aside from music, Clara enjoys reading and literature.

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