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Welcome to the USC Flute Studio page! Studio members are accomplished performers, having won prizes in competitions of the Atlanta Flute Club, Central Ohio Flute Association, Mid-South Flute Society, S.C. Flute Society, Kentucky Flute Society, 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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Jessica Frankle

Jessica Frankle is currently a freshman Marine Science major and an unofficial Music Education major. She is also a member of the Carolina Marching Band. Settling on Irmo, SC as her home town, Jessica participated in all things music in high school. Jessica placed into Region Band every year and her senior year, made All-State. She also participated in the Dutch Fork HS marching band for five years and was woodwind captain and soloist her junior and senior years. You might have seen Jessica as Alice in Wonderland in the 2013 marching season. Jessica played as a soloist in the Charleston Spoleto Festival 2012 as a Rising Star and was a member of the SC Youth Orchestra. She also learned tenor saxophone just to be in jazz band and played in the Flute Society sponsored flute choir this past year. Jessica has studied flute and music under the direction of Lorrie Turner and Jon Brady. With their--and many others--belief in her, Jessica is where she stands today.


Mimi Harding

Mimi Harding is a freshman flute performance major at USC where she has studies with Jennifer Parker-Harley. The winner of numerous scholarships from Columbia Music Clubs, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Spring Valley High School Foundation, Mimi was selected for the Brevard Music Institute in the summer of 2013. She has also been recognized in numerous competitions—she was the SC Flute Association's Senior Artist winner (2014) and Clinic Artist of the Year (2012) and an honorable mention for Senior Artist of the year (2013); she won the SCBDA Master Recital Competition in Feb 2014 and was a finalist in the SCBDA Phi Beta Mu 2014 Leadership Award. Mimi was a Piccolo Spoleto Rising Star (2012) and one of eighteen flutists nationally selected for the National Flute Association's HS Flute Choir in Las Vegas.

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Emily Hessler

Emily Hessler brings over seven years of performance on flute and piccolo as she studied privately under Esther Clonts and Jennifer Parker-Harley. Emily placed in All State six years consecutively. Music Clinics include 3 years at Winthrop, 2 years at USC, and 3 years at Furman Band and Orchestra Camp, receiving a scholarship to return. Emily performed with the Nation Ford High School Concert Band and placed 2nd chair in the senior band as a freshman and held 1st chair for the following 3 years. She also marched with NFHS, and was Drum Major her senior year. She held 7th chair in HBOA 2012 and 3rd chair in 2013. Emily marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011, and performed with the Charleston Master Solo Recital 2012, 2013.  

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Diane Kessel

Diane Kessel is the flute instructor at Georgia Southern University. She is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of South Carolina, where she studies with Jennifer Parker-Harley. She also holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Western Michigan University. She has previously appeared with the National Music Festival Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera, the Palmetto Opera, and the Theatro Lirico D'Europa. Diane has performed at festivals and competitions throughout the US, and her quintet recently completed a performance tour of China. A Cleveland native, Diane served as principal flute with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, performing with Jon Anderson, Pat Benetar, and Styx.

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Allison Layton

Allison Layton is a flutist at the University of South Carolina majoring in Music and Tourism and is a member of the Honors College. She grew up in Chapin, SC and has been playing the flute since 6th grade, when she started taking lessons with Cynthia Hopkins. Upon arriving at USC, she began studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker Harley. Allison has taught clinics and camps at many high schools in the area, has taught private lessons, played in church services and independent gigs around the Midlands, and is co-section leader of the Carolina Band piccolo section. Allison enjoys reading, practicing, and spending her summers as a camp counselor in Knoxville, TN. She also enjoys taking unique and practical classes through the Honors College like The Chemistry of Food and Christianity and Evolution. 


Jessica Leeth

Jessica Dixon Leeth [DMA (ABD), University of South Carolina; MM, BM, East Carolina University] is second flutist and piccoloist with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, SC. She has received awards including First Place in the Central Ohio Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky’s Piccolo Artist Competition, and the NC MTNA Young Artist Competition.  Jessica appeared as a featured soloist with the Fayetteville Symphony and was named a winner in the 2011 NFA Convention Performers Competition. In 2010, Jessica was awarded the William H. Nolte Graduate Assistant Teaching Award for her work teaching music appreciation, applied flute, and flute methods at USC. She has held teaching positions at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, College of Coastal Georgia, and Presbyterian College. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband Michael.


Samantha Marshall

Samantha Marshall is a junior flute performance major at the University of South Carolina. She performs there with the Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wind Ensemble. She has participated in The Julius Baker Flute Master Classes in 2010 as well as Jim Walker’s Beyond the Master Class in 2011. Samantha has won the SCFS Master Class Competition in 2012 as well as the NFA Master Class Competition in 2013. She also assists in running Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Chamber Music Camp, where she enjoys teaching kids how to interact with music and with each other. When not playing flute, Samantha can be found running cross county, baking treats for her friends, or relaxing in the sun on a warm day.


Aubrey Nelson

Aubrey Nelson is a junior at USC, majoring in Music Composition and studying flute under the instruction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Aubrey was active in district and state-wide bands as well as the Asheville Youth Orchestra, with whom she appeared as soloist her senior year. In the summer of 2011, Aubrey attended the NC Governor's School in instrumental music. She has also performed for Swedish flutist Goran Marcusson at the Wildacres Flute Retreat. During her time at USC, Aubrey has been a member of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds, and in 2013, she participated in a concert tour of Spain with the USC Choir and Orchestra. Equally passionate about singing as she is about the flute, Aubrey is a member of the USC Concert Choir and has appeared in several musicals, both in principal roles and as a chorus member.

Georgianna Oswald

Georgianna Oswald

Georgianna Oswald is an active flutist that pursues a versatile musical life as a passionate performer, teacher and wind conductor. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. Since graduating from USC, she held appointments teaching instrumental music education and was most recently the Associate Director of Bands at James F. Byrnes High School. Georgianna is beginning her first year in the Graduate Program in Flute Performance. As an advocate for music, she believes in always seeking high levels of musicianship on her instrument. Georgianna most recently made an appearance performing in Sarrburg, Germany.

Jessica Rousey

Jessica Rousey

Jessica Rousey is currently studying as a Bachelor of the Arts in Music at the University of South Carolina. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she began her study of flute in 2004. Under the direction of Emily Higgins, Jessica consistently earned seats in honor bands at both the district and state levels. She is a graduate of Providence High School in Charlotte, where she was an active member of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Marching Band. She participated in several clinics throughout high school, including the University of South Carolina Band Clinic in both 2012 and 2013. In her free time, Jessica enjoys experimenting with new recipes, reading difficult books, and outdoor exercise.


Stacey Russell

Flutist Stacey Russell has a vast history as a soloist, teacher, and collaborative musician. Her career began to take shape following her 2010 orchestral debut with the Cedarville Orchestra. Equally comfortable from Bach to Cage, Russell is an advocate for new music as well as a presenter of the classics. Throughout her education, she has received many awards, including the Outstanding Future Music Teacher Award in 2011 and the Cedarville Music Grant from Cedarville University, and later the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Wright State University in Ohio. She was awarded a Teaching Assistantship during her time at Wright State. While completing her Masters Degree at Wright State, she was invited to perform in the 2012 and 2013 Honor's Recitals, Stacey is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Other mentors and teachers include Michele Bonicci, Lori Akins, and Christopher Chaffee. An active performer and teacher, Russell is fresh from a Summer Tour of performances and teaching engagements in South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Germany. Most recently, she was invited to perform in Cedarville University's alumni recital in October, 2014.

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Korinne Smith

Korinne Marie Smith enjoys a versatile music career as an active performer and teacher. As a chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed frequently both at home and abroad in the countries of Poland, Luxembourg, and Germany. Korinne Smith is an innovative and adaptable training and education professional. As a dedicated flute instructor, Korinne has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and ultimately preparing her students to become successful 21st century working musicians. Ms. Smith holds teaching positions at Newberry College, the University of South Carolina Community Music School and the Congaree New Horizons Organization. She is co-founder of the Carolina Flute Guild and USC's new music organization, Cica. She is the founder and director of KinderFlute program at USC. Ms. Smith serves on the executive board of the South Carolina Flute Society and is an active member of the National Flute Association. She is a prize winner of the 2014 Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist Competition and winner of the 2012 South Carolina Flute Society Masterclass Competition. Ms. Smith holds a B.M. in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing her D.M.A studying under Jennifer Parker-Harley.


Philip Snyder

Philip Snyder, 22, has been called “a physically imposing presence” on stage and has been referred to as a “Wagnerian” player (Classical Voice North Carolina 2012).  Philip received his Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 where he studied with Brooks de Wetter-Smith. He has participated in masterclasses with Jill Felber, Wissam Boustany, and Greg Pattillo as well as composer Lowell Liebermann.  He also has participated in residential seminars with Michel Debost at the Oberlin Conservatory and Jan Angus at the Eastman School of Music.  Philip was a winner of the 2011 UNC Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, has been selected twice for the National Intercollegiate Band in 2011 and 2013, and was a performer in the Saarburger Serenaden music festival in Saarburg, Germany in the summer of 2012.

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Emily Stumpf

Emily Stumpf is a flutist from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance at the University of South Carolina. She currently holds the Music 100L Graduate Assistantship and works as an Office Assistant in the School of Music Office. She regularly performs with the USC Wind ensemble. She also has a private studio in the Columbia area ranging from young students to adults and is working on becoming certified in the KinderFlute method. Ms. Stumpf began studying flute at the age of eleven with Cynthia Steigerwald Pierce and studied with David P. Tessmer at Grove City College completing her Bachelor of Music in May 2011 with a double major in French. In the 2011-12 school year Ms. Stumpf studied with Bonita Boyd as a non-degree seeking student and completed her Masters of Music degree at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2014.

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Zachary Warren

Zach Warren is currently in his second year pursuing a Bachelor of Music in flute performance at the University of South Carolina, under the teaching of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Zach was very active in the Charlotte music scene performing at numerous venues around the city. Zach held principal positions in the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, appearing as a soloist with both ensembles. Zach has also participated in various summer music programs such as the Charlotte Chamber Music Camp, the Cannon Music Camp, and the Brevard Music Center, where he held principal positions. Throughout high school, Zach studied with Jennifer Dior and also briefly with Dr. Nancy Schneelock-Bingham, Brooks De Wetter-Smith, Dilshad Posnock, and Marianne Gedigian. In college, Zach has won prizes at the Kentucky Flute Association and the South Carolina Flute Society. Zach plans to graduate from USC in the spring of 2017.


Lauren Watkins

Lauren Watkins has enjoyed performances as soloist with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra and as a member of the innovative flute and percussion duo, flusSion. Lauren serves as Flute Instructor for Hammond School, Aim High Education, and the Congaree New Horizon's Organization. She has received First Prize in both the Central Ohio and Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist Competitions and Second Prize in the Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist Competition.  Lauren received her MM from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under the tutelage of Jim Walker and as a recipient of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation and Thornton Outreach Resident Ensemble Fellowships. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from the Ohio State University as a student of of Katherine Borst Jones, and she is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Carolina while pursuing her DMA under the instruction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley.