USC Flute Studio Launches "A Flutist's Book of Days" featuring recordings of flute repertoire for every day of the year.
Listen to the recordings on our youtube channel.
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!
Listen to the recordings on our youtube channel.
Registration form coming soon.
Catie Balsamo is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance. Originally from New Jersey, Catie has spent her education thus far trying to be as well-rounded of a musician as possible. She attended the Honors Music Program through Westminster Conservatory at Rider University for four years studying chamber music, jazz, composition, and history, and was always an active member of her high school’s music program by participating in jazz band, flute ensemble, pit orchestra, and symphony orchestra. She has also been a participant in the NFA High School Flute Choir for the past three years where she has had the opportunity to perform in San Diego, Minneapolis, and, most recently Orlando. In July 2018, she traveled across Europe for two and a half weeks performing on flute and piccolo with a concert band comprised of select students from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Aside from music, Catie also enjoys computer science, art, and traveling.
Laurie is a first year DMA student at the University of South Carolina studying under Jennifer Parker-Harley. She is originally from Westminster, SC. Prior to USC, Laurie lived in Waterford, Connecticut for 6 years where she served as co-principal flutist with the United States Coast Guard Band. She was also flutist for the official Flute and Harp Duo of the Coast Guard band. She has performed in venues across the country including Avery Fischer Hall in New York, Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, and the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. 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. While with the Coast Guard Band, Laurie had the privilege of presenting a masterclass to flute students at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico while on tour in Puerto Rico. She can be heard on numerous recordings with the band, including music videos featuring the flute and harp duo in a project that connects music and museums or art galleries. She has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Greenville Symphony. When she is not playing flute, she spends her time with her two little girls, Abigail and Emily, and her husband Tim. Laurie has a Master's degree from The University of Georgia, and a Bachelor's degree from Southern Wesleyan University. Her primary teaches include Leah Wilson, and Angela Jones-Reus.
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.
A native of Newnan, Georgia, Olivia Abernathy is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance at the University of South Carolina. She holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from USC and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Jacksonville State University (AL), where she studied with Dr. Jeremy Benson. 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 in the Gadsden (AL) Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as part of pit orchestras for several musicals. She is a recipient of a graduate woodwind fellowship from USC. Olivia is passionate about teaching flutists of all ages and maintains a private studio in the Columbia area. She is currently pursuing her KinderFlute certification and serves as an instructor for USC’s KinderFlute program. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys cooking and baking, as well as spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
Dorion Burkett is a senior undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from Summerville High School in South Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor of 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. Outside of band, Dorion enjoys crocheting, attempting ukulele, and playing Pokémon.
Josie Cox is a senior at the University of South Carolina where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. Josie is from Myrtle Beach, SC where she attended Carolina Forest High School and participated in the marching band and wind ensemble. She was consistently placed in local and regional honor bands throughout high school and played in the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since becoming a student at USC, Josie was chosen to play in the South Carolina Flute Society's Masterclass Competition for Mark Sparks. She is also a member of the USC Undergraduate Flute Quartet which was chosen to compete in the Flute Society of Kentucky's Quartet Competition in the spring of 2017. Josie has attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina where she worked with master teacher Göran Marcusson. She was also awarded a Magellan Research Grant which allowed her to travel to Saarburg, Germany in the summer of 2017 and participate in the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival.
Dana is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance. She is from Greenville, South Carolina and is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Dana was a member of Greenville County Youth Orchestra for five years and held the position of principal flute for three years. In November of 2017, Dana was awarded first place in the South Carolina Music Teachers National Association Senior Woodwind Competition. In June of 2018, she attended the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City where she participated in masterclasses and chamber music coachings with members of the Imani Winds. Beyond music, Dana enjoys hiking and dog watching.
Jenny Davis is a second year DMA student in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She is a member of the Spark Collective and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the USC flute studio. Before moving to Columbia, Jenny spent two years in Memphis, TN where she maintained a full time teaching studio, founded the Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music ensemble, and performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra among other area ensembles. As an event organizer for Memphis arts organization Crosstown Arts, Jenny recently founded and organized the Continuum Music Festival, which featured ensembles and performers of diverse styles including new music ensembles from across the state of Tennessee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Beethoven Club of Memphis, Mid-South Flute Society, and the Carolina Flute Guild. She holds degrees from Boston University and Middle Tennessee State University, a teaching certificate from the Boston Flute Academy, and completed two years of post-graduate study with Trevor Wye at his Studio in England.
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 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.
Roya Farzaneh is a first year DMA student at the University of South Carolina studying under Jennifer Parker-Harley. Prior to USC, Roya lived in Kitchener, Ontario for 4 years as a freelance musician and educator. Aside from her passion for flute, Roya also shares her love for fitness as a personal trainer. Roya has blended the importance of wellness and musicianship by presenting workshops at the 2017 and 2018 National Flute Association Conventions. Roya has a Master's degree from The University of Akron, a post-grad certificate from Trevor Wye's Flute Studio, and a Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Her primary teaches include George Pope, Trevor Wye, and Deanna Little.
Noemi Glaeser is a senior pursuing undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science in the USC Honors College as well as a music minor with a Performance Certificate. She performed in numerous ensembles in high school including district and regional bands, musical pits, and her high school'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 National Association for Music Education National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. Noemi was 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 directed by Dr. Eugene Corporon. Noemi currently plays mellophone in the Carolina Band.
Miguel Hijar is an active performer of both classical and contemporary music. At the University of South Florida, Miguel served as principal flutist of the wind ensemble and performed with the symphony orchestra. As an enthusiastic advocate for new music, Miguel has 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 Degree.
Morgan Monty, a native of Charleston, is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of South Carolina where she studies with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Morgan holds first prizes in competitions such as the SC MTNA Junior Woodwind competition, the SC Flute Society Senior Artist competition, the SCMEA Master Recital, and the SC Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition. She has performed as a flutist in the Honor Orchestra of America, the Charleston Wind Symphony, and the University of South Carolina's Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Morgan has also enjoyed solo performances as part of the Bach Society of Charleston and was featured as a Rising Stars Artist in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She has performed in masterclasses with Denis Bouriakov and Jasmine Choi. In July of 2018, Morgan spent the summer playing orchestral repertoire at the Kennedy Center as a fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C. 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 area. She hopes to pursue a career as both a performer as well as a teaching artist.
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.
Hailing from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Sabrina Raber is a second year graduate student pursuing a Masters of Music Performance. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, with a focus in Arts Administration, from Ohio State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her principal teachers include Katherine Borst Jones and Carol Meves. Eager to learn, she has played in master classes for Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Valerie Coleman, Ian Clarke and Jeff Zook. Sabrina has performed on flute and piccolo with a multitude of ensembles including the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. She has played in venues all over the world and in major events such as the NFA Annual Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the National Governors Association Conference, and the American Bandmaster’s Association Conference. In 2016, Sabrina served as Co-President and Webmaster of the Central Ohio Flute Association, and was in charge of planning the annual flute festival, as well as designing the website. She was also part of the Digital Marketing team for Northstar Café and Chamber Music Columbus. At the University of South Carolina, she will be working as a graduate assistant to David Cutler and the entrepreneurship program. Outside of the music world, Sabrina is an avid photographer, a self-identified foodie, sports fan, and lover of all things wonderful.
Joshua Stine is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance studying with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Since being at the University of South Carolina, Joshua has performed in various ensembles such as the USC Symphonic Winds, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra and the Palmetto Concert Band. He has also performed in master classes for Dr. Jennie Oh Brown and Dr. Erin Frechette. In the spring of 2018, he was a finalist in the Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Artist Competition. Joshua has attended the Wildacres Flute Retreat where he performed for Dr. Bradley Garner and Göran Marcusson. In the summer of 2017, he received a Magellan Grant from USC to attend the Saarburg International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany to research pedagogical techniques with USC Flute Studio member Josie Cox and Dr. Parker-Harley.
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.