Current and former USC flutists selected as finalists and prize winners in multiple national competitions.
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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, 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!
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A native of Newnan, Georgia, Olivia Brown is in her second year as a master’s student at the University of South Carolina studying flute performance. 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 flute/piccolo in the Gadsden (AL) Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as part of the pit orchestra 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 small private studio in the Columbia area.
Dorion Burkett is a second year undergrad student at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from Summerville High School in Summerville, SC, and is pursuing a degree in 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 studies music perfomance. 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 and studied with flute teacher Amy Tully. She was consistently placed in local and regional honor bands throughout her years in high school. Josie also played in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Charles Evans during her junior and senior years. 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 and attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina where she played in a master class for Göran Marcusson.
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 this December on Tango and Argentine politics. She attended the Decoda Summer Chamber Music Institute this past summer, 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's of arts and sciences 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 and become a lawyer as well as maintain involvement 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 USF Miguel served as principal flutist of the Wind Ensemble and also performed with the Symphony Orchestra. As an enthusiastic advocate for new music, Miguel has publicly 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.
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 flute performance major under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. A graduate from Carolina Forest High School, Joshua earned many chair placements in county, region and state honor bands, including earning first chair in the 2015 USC Honor Band’s top ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Popiel. One of his most powerful musical moments was performing “Mekong” at the 2012 Coastal Carolina University Honor Band Clinic conducted by the composer himself, Robert W. Smith. Other important influences in Joshua’s career have been the three years spent in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra of South Carolina with Dr. Charles Evans. Joshua was also woodwind captain and co-section leader of the CFHS Marching Band during his years there. He also performed in the pit orchestras for his high school’s musicals, which include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Ragtime,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” This past summer Joshua attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat held in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. He had the chance to perform for people such as Dr. Bradley Garner and Goran Marcusson. While at USC, Joshua believes that working closely with Dr. Parker-Harley will not only enhance his musical ability, but will broaden his opportunities on national and international stages.
Emily Stumpf is committed to working with people and 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 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 herself and in teaching duties as a graduate assistant and as a KinderFlute instructor, teaching her students the joys of music, to have courage, and to always be kind.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Zach Warren is currently pursuing a bachelor of music in flute performance at the University of South Carolina, under the teaching of 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, Goran Marcusson, Marianne Gedigian, Lorna McGhee and Mimi Stillman.
Ally Welborn is a freshman music education major studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Before graduation with honors from Sumter High School, she participated in all things musical, including her various performances in concert bands (school and community), her high school orchestra and marching band (where she had solos and was a section leader for two years), and events hosted by the SC Flute Society. Ally has participated in region band as well as the SC State All-State honor band her senior year of high school. She takes pleasure in helping others and paying things forward in her community (just a small part of why she aims to be an educator) and has performed countless times at local churches for a wedding and even for an Air Force retirement ceremony. Besides music, Ally enjoys creating art, being outdoors, and going on adventures – preferably with friends!
Noemi Glaeser is a sophomore math and computer science major in the USC Honors College working towards a music minor and a flute performance certificate. She performed in numerous ensembles in high school, from playing in district and regional bands to performing in the pit at musicals and in Thomas Jefferson HSST'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 NAfME National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. Noemi was also 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 under Dr. Eugene Corporon. Noemi currently marches mellophone in the Carolina band.
Jessica Frankle is a junior marine science major and music minor. She graduated from Dutch Fork High School in her hometown, Irmo, SC. Jessica’s previous teachers have been Jon Brady, Lorrie Turner and Dr. Lauren Watkins; her current ones are 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 played with the University’s 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 bipolar in her edification, she enjoys photography and spending time reading, snorkeling, eating food and laughing with friends and family.
Brianna Futch, a native of Woodstock, GA, is a first year master’s student at the University of South Carolina. She recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of music in music performance and a minor in German. Her primary teachers include Angela Jones-Reus of Athens, GA, and Lucy Kowalski of Holly Springs, GA. She has participated in master classes throughout the Southeast with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Michael Hasel, Ransom Wilson, Marianne Gedigian and Carol Wincenc, and has attended the Flutissimo! Summer Flute Festival for three years consecutively. 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 also 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.