Naomi Seidman has been at Penn State since 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and was first runner-up in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, Ballet Austin, and the Texas A&M University at Kingsville Wind Symphony. In May 2010, she was invited to perform in the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In addition to her frequent performances as a soloist, Naomi is an active orchestral and chamber musician. She has served as second flute in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and piccolo/third flute in the Corpus Christi Symphony, both in Texas.
In 2011, Naomi performed with the Vienna Piano Trio and the Walden Chamber Players. She has been an active member of the Austin Chamber Players since 2007. Naomi has also participated in numerous festivals, including Yellow Barn, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and the Austin Chamber Music Center.
Naomi is a founding member of the Rhapsoidos Trio, which includes soprano, flute, and piano. The group was founded in September 2009 with the goal of promoting, discovering, and expanding repertoire for this combination of musicians.
A dedicated educator, Naomi has given master classes at the University of Texas at Austin, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University at College Station, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She co-founded the Coastal Bend Flute Symposium, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend a master class and recital given by a renowned flutist. The symposium’s guest artists have included Jill Felber, Kimberly Clarke, and Carol Wincenc.
Naomi received a bachelor of music degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, master of music degree from Yale University, and doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
She plays on a handmade Powell flute.