Current and former USC flutists selected as finalists and prize winners in multiple national competitions. Click here to read more on the Flute Studio News Page.
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, 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!
Christian Bailey is pursuing a BM in Performance at the University of South Carolina, studying under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. He has participated in the Saarburg International Music Festival, Wildacres Flute Retreat, Panoramic Flutist Seminar, Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses, and the Aria International Music Academy. He was a winner of the South Carolina Flute Society Masterclass competition in the Spring of 2013. He has performed in masterclasses with Goran Marcusson, Brad Garner, Rhonda Larson, Marina Piccinini, Christina Jennings, and Leone Buyse. He was also selected to participate in the 2013 Music Theory Southeastern Conference Graduate Workshop, focusing on timbre and instrumentation in rock music.
Caroline Beard is a senior Flute Performance major at the University of South Carolina and studies with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. At school, she has participated in USC’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Carolina Band and Symphony Orchestra. From 2008 to 2011, she has been accepted to perform at the Wildacres Flute Retreat with Brad Garner and Göran Marcusson. In the summer of 2012, Caroline was accepted to the chamber music program Saarburg Festival in Germany. This past summer, Caroline performed at the Panoramic Flutist Master Class, The Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Class and the ARIA International Summer Academy. She was a winner of the 2012 South Carolina Flute Society’s Fall Master Class, the 2013 Mid-South Flute Society’s College Master Class Competition, and the Carolina Flute Guild Master Class Competition and was a prizewinner of the 2013 Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Soloist Competition.
Kenneth J. Cox, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He is an honors graduate from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where he studied with Dr. Caroline Ulrich. Kenneth has performed at many international venues on over 3 continents, including the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, China and St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy. Kenneth recently performed at the Flute Society of Kentucky, and was a prizewinner in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition. He is also a three-time winner of the SC Flute Society Masterclass Performers Competition. He has performed for flutists such as Göran Marcusson, Molly Barth, Brad Garner, Eric Lamb, and Keith Underwood, Tara Helen O’Connor and Bonita Boyd, to name a few. He has been a part of recording projects with the NAXOS International Classical Music Label and Mark Records. In 2013, Kenneth received a grant from the University of South Carolina to study contemporary music throughout Europe. He studied with Mario Caroli in France, Ned McGowan in Amsterdam, Helen Bledsoe in Germany. Highly devoted to new music, Kenneth has performed many world premieres over the last four years, one being the world premiere performance of Ned McGowan’s Torrent at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, co- sponsored by Miyazawa Flutes.
I’m Grace Fulmer, an incoming freshman, and I have been playing flute for seven years thus far. I graduated from Mauldin High School in my hometown, Greenville, South Carolina. I began my musical adventures on the trombone in the fifth grade, but I quickly decided it wasn’t for me. By the next year, I had happily made the transition to flute and was eager to learn! Throughout middle in high school I participated in both school concert bands and county, region, and state clinics. I also enjoyed four phenomenal years of marching band. I am ecstatic to start the next chapter of life by entering the music program at USC, and I can’t wait to further my knowledge and musicianship. When I’m not playing flute, I enjoy riding my horse, Tanner, and hula hooping!
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.
Diane Kessel is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of South Carolina, where she is a graduate assistant to Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Diane received her MM at Western Michigan University under the instruction of Dr. Martha Councell-Vargas and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois with Dr. Jonathan Keeble. Diane is an area flute teacher and regularly organizes workshops and outreaches at local schools. She has previously appeared with the Ohio Light Opera, the Palmetto Opera, and the Theatro Lirico D'Europa. Her WMU graduate Woodwind quintet recently completed a performance tour of China. A Cleveland native, Diane spent four seasons as principal flute with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, performing with Jon Anderson, Pat Benetar, and Styx.
Allison Layton is a sophomore 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 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 is a sophomore 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.
Rebecca McCord is in her second year at USC and is a psychology major with a flute performance certificate. She is a member of USC’s Symphonic Winds and has played both flute and piccolo in this ensemble. She has studied flute for nine years, first with Joanne Brandes and now with Dr. Jennifer Parker- Harley. Prior to coming to USC, Rebecca was a member of Fayette County High School’s Wind Ensemble for four years, serving as their principle flute for two years. She was also a member of the Fayette County Marching Band for three years and the music section leader for one of those years. Rebecca has also been a member of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AWYS), Buckhead Youth Orchestra (BYO), and Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE), where she served as principle flute. Rebecca attended District Honor Band for six years and Georgia’s All State Band for five years. Rebecca also graduated fourth in her class and is now a member of the number one public honors college in the country. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2015.
Aubrey Nelson is a sophomore at USC, majoring in Music Composition with a flute performance certificate 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.
Stacey Russell earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Cedarville University in 2011A 2010 Concerto Competition winner, Miss Russell had the privilege of performing with the Cedarville Orchestra. She was awarded a Cedarville Music Grant and Faculty Scholarship from 2007-2011. She was also awarded the Outstanding Future Music Teacher Award in 2011. Russell earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at Wright State University in 2013. She was also a Teaching Assistant for Wright State University where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2013. Miss Russell was also chosen to perform in the 2012 and 2013 Honors Recitals. Past teachers and mentors are Michele Bonicci, Lori Akins and Christopher Chaffee. Russell is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina.
Brittany Schofield is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University Of South Carolina School Of Music – Columbia and serves as the Student Assistant and Senior Student Staff Member for the University of South Carolina Bands. While at USC, Brittany is a flute student under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley and has been a member of the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Marching Band, “Concocktion” Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands and Symphonic Winds Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Phillips.Prior to becoming a student at USC, Brittany attended Blythewood High School, where she was an active member in the Symphonic and Marching Band Programs under the direction of Glen Funderburk. She served as the flute section leader, a member of South Carolina Region Band, South Carolina All-State bands, and USC Band Clinic each year. As a resident of South Carolina, she has been an active instructor with several band camps, school music programs and private lessons. Brittany looks forward to completing her degree in the Spring of 2014 and becoming a middle school band director.
Korinne Smith enjoys a versatile music career as an active performer and teacher. Ms. Smith holds teaching positions at the University of South Carolina as the ﬂute instructor and Graduate Assistant for the USC 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. Ms. Smith is also the Program Director of USC’s music entrepreneurship retreat, The Savvy Musician in Action. Ms. Smith is an active member of the South Carolina Flute Society and the National Flute Association. As a chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed frequently both at home and abroad in the countries of Poland, Luxembourg, and Germany. Ms. Smith holds a B.M. in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University ofSouth Carolina where she was the Graduate Teaching Assistant (2012-13),and is currently pursuing her DMA studying under Jennifer Parker-Harley.
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.
Emily Stumpf is a flutist from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently working on a Masters of Music in Performance at the University of South Carolina. She currently holds the Music History Area Graduate Assistantship and works as a Reference Assistant in the music library. She also has a private studio in the Columbia area ranging from young students to adults. 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. While in Rochester she regularly performed with the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble playing first flute and piccolo as well as performances with the Roberts Wesleyan College and Community Orchestra and flute choir.
Zach Warren is currently in his freshman 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. Zach plans to graduate from USC in the spring of 2017.
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. She has received First Prize in both the Central Ohio and Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist Competitions. 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 with her woodwind quintet, the Sound of 5. 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 Assistant at the University of South Carolina while pursuing her DMA under the instruction of Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley.
Sally Wright, from West Columbia, South Carolina, began to play the flute in her fifth grade band program. She joined the White Knoll High School band program her eighth grade year as a member of the front ensemble in the marching band, and eventually held the leadership positions of percussion captain and drum major. Sally has been a member of the South Carolina District 2 Region band, the South Carolina Allstate Band and Allstate Orchestra, and the Honor Band of America. She has also attended various music camps, including the Tridac Summer Arts Program, and camps hosted by the University of South Carolina and Furman University. Sally is currently studying music education at the University of South Carolina. She is wholly indebted to her teachers, Lorrie Turner, Lex Price, and Ken Turner.