The College of Arts and Architecture
  • flute day logo

Flute Day

September 10, 2016

Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, Penn State Flute Day features masterclasses, seminars, recitals, competitions, and recitals by internationally renowned performers.

Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels. Join us for a day of flute activities appropriate for all ages and levels, featuring special guest artist Christina Jennings in a recital and masterclass. Other guests include the dynamic flute and cello chamber group IN2ATiVE, Dan Parasky, Christine Moulton, and many more! Please access our tentative schedule for more information.

Registration is $15, including lunch and t-shirt. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Penn State Flute Club." Please include the registrant's name in the memo line of the check. Send checks (or bring the day of Flute Day) to:

  • Naomi Seidman
  • Flute Day Registration
  • 213 Music Building II
  • Penn State University
  • University Park, PA  16802

Click here to register online

Interested flutists may also register the day of the event. (Note: parents accompanying their children are not required to register.) On site registration runs 7:30 – 8 a.m. in the Esber Recital Hall lobby. Pick up your official Flute Day 2016 T-shirt, name tag, and other information!

Flute Day is sponsored by the Penn State School of Music, Powell FlutesWindworks Studio, and the Penn State Flute Club.


Young Artist Solo AND Chamber Music Competitions windworks studio logo

Friday, September 9; 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Windworks Studio, the Young Artist Competition offers three levels of solo competition: junior novice (up to age 11), junior advanced (ages 12-14), and senior (ages 15-18, high school only). Cash awards will be offered at each level - $50 for junior novice, $50 for junior advanced, and $100 for the winner of the competition’s senior level. Winners will perform at an encore recital on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. during Flute Day. For details regarding the solo competitions and registration, please click here.

New for 2016, we are also pleased to offer a flute chamber music competition - ranging from flute trios to flute choirs - for flutists up to age 18 (high school only). The first-place winning ensemble will receive a cash award of $50 and the opportunity to perform at an encore recital on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. during Flute Day. For details regarding the chamber music competition and registration, please click here.

The registration cost to participate in any of the Young Artist Competitions is $25 (includes one Flute Day registration). The registration deadline is Monday, August 22. (The Chamber Music competition fee includes one $15 registration for Flute Day. All additional ensemble members must register and pay registration for Flute Day.)

Please direct questions about the competitions to Naomi Seidman at nks11@psu.edu.


Collegiate Masterclass

Saturday, September 10; 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Special guest artist Christina Jennings will present a masterclass for collegiate flutists during Flute Day. Applicants selected for participation are asked to prepare one composition (8 minute time limit). In addition to completing the online application, students are asked to submit a resumé. A letter of recommendation from the student's collegiate flute profpowell flutes logoessor is also required. Resumés and teacher recommendations should be emailed to Naomi Seidman at nks11@psu.edu. The deadline for all application materials is Monday, August 22.

The registration cost to participate in the collegiate masterclass is $25 (includes one Flute Day registration).

The collegiate masterclass is sponsored by Powell Flutes and Windworks Studio.

For details regarding the collegiate masterclass, please click here.


Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press Christina Jenningsdeclared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.”

Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. She is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and the National Flute Association Young Artists. Active as a concerto soloist, she has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Utah and Houston symphonies. In 2009, she premiered concertos written for her by Carter Pann and Laura Elise Schwendinger. The Washington Post described her performance of Jonathan Leshnoff’s concerto with the Fairfax Symphony as a “spirited, quicksilver performance.”

As broad-gauged in her musical pursuits as she is in her repertoire choices, Jennings is principal flute with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston) where the Houston Culture Map described her as a “flutist (who) glistened with golden pixie dust.” She also performs as principal flute with the Arizona MusicFest! Orchestra and has performed frequently with Orchestra 2001, including recent performances at the Library of Congress and in Havana, Cuba.

Christina Jennings can be heard in works by Alec Wilder alongside jazz great Marian McPartland in a shared CD for Albany Records. Also on Albany Records is a disc featuring Jennings as soloist in Shulamit Ran’s flute concerto titled “Voices” with the Bowling Green Philharmonia. Of the Jennings-Johnson Duo CD, the American Record Guild declared: “Jennings is an extraordinary musician, with facile technique, a soaring tone, and a natural sense of phrasing that is often absent from flute playing.” In 2013, two discs were released featuring Jennings in the work of Laura Elise Schwendinger. Three Works (Albany) features the flute concerto ”Waking Dream” for which Fanfare Magazine said “Exquisitely played by Christina Jennings (the work’s dedicatee), this is the highlight of the disc.” Ms. Schwendinger’s High Wire Act (Centaur Records) also features Jennings.

In great demand as a teacher, Jennings is an associate professor at the University of Colorado- Boulder, and on the summer faculties of Greenwood Music Camp and ARIA. She has also taught at Texas and Sarasota Music Festivals. In 2008, she founded the Panoramic Flutist Seminar with Leone Buyse in Boulder. Trained in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics method, her teaching incorporates embodied movement.

In recent seasons, she has presented masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Rice University, the Peabody Institute, the Longy School of Music, and the flute associations of Seattle, Utah, and Texas. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees at Juilliard, and her principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Leone Buyse, George Pope, and Jeanne Baxtresser.

Christina Jennings lives in Boulder with her husband, violist Matthew Dane, and their twin sons. Discover more about her at her website.


INTUATiVEWith their performances called "hot and edgy," IN2ATiVE’s vibe is anything but traditional. Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, this avant-garde duo specializes in a fusion of musical styles, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with jazz, hip-hip, and rock, creating its own unique genre.  

All of their pieces are original compositions, inspired by events and experiences, both past and present. They are Musicians-in-Residence at the Cleveland Clinic, an honor garnered from their consistent outreach initiative, and they have performed at venues across Ohio, including Nighttown, the Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Lorain County Community College, Lakewood, Fairview Park and Solon public libraries, to name a few.  Fun fact - they were invited to perform for the executive producers of "America's Got Talent."

Kimberly Zaleski is a New York native, dedicating her career to performing, teaching, and composing music. She is currently a Performing Artist for Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, flutist for CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and a faculty member at Beck Center for the Arts and Birchwood Private School. She has served on the woodwind faculty of Sitka Fine Arts Camp (AK), and has performed with the New World Symphony. She holds the distinction of being the first piccoloist featured on the nationally broadcast radio show “From the Top.”

Kim’s teachers include Joshua Smith (Cleveland Institute of Music), Marina Piccinini (Johns Hopkins University, Bradley Garner (Juilliard School), and Renée Siebert (New York Philharmonic).

Cellist Trevor Kazarian was born and raised in Chicago, and first experienced the beauty of the cello at the age of six. He serves as principal cellist of the TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra, and is a faculty member at Beck Center for the Arts, Avon School of Music, and Birchwood Private School. He was assistant principal cellist for the National Repertory Orchestra’s summer festival in Breckinridge, CO, where he performed Dvorak’s “Rondo in G minor.”

Trevor’s teachers include Mark Kosower (Cleveland Orchestra), Stephen Geber (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Stephen Balderston (DePaul University).

Find out more about IN2ATiVE at the duo's website.


Daniel Parasky is a professionally trained flutist whose passion lies in teaching private flute lessons. The Parasky Flute Studios opened its doors in September, 1999 and Daniel Parskyhas since produced multiple award-winning students. Graduates of the studio have moved on to study music in college at the undergraduate and graduate level in order to start their own full-time careers in music.

As a musician, Parasky is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and guest conductor. He is also a new music enthusiast with several commissions and multiple world premieres performed. Solo engagements feature recital programs with diverse repertoire from all musical time periods. As a chamber musician, he co-founded the PM Woodwind Project, a flute and clarinet duo dedicated to educational outreach for both the non-professional and professional music community.

As a clinician, Parasky has presented a wide range of topics at the National Flute Association convention, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and at local colleges in and around Pittsburgh, PA. Topics range from pedagogical and business components to studying and teaching the flute. He served as guest conductor for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir.

Upcoming season highlights include guest artist recitals and educational clinics at Slippery Rock University (PA) and the Goodman Flute Studio at Pickerington High School (OH). Solo recitals are scheduled at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville. A chamber music engagement is scheduled at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Parasky earned an undergraduate degree in music performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Damian Bursill-Hall, and received his master’s degree in music education from Boston University. He serves the National Flute Association as the competition coordinator for the High School Flute Choir (2014-2019) and the Pittsburgh Flute Club as website coordinator. He is also a board member of the Newlonsburg Music Academy.

Daniel Parasky lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Jackie. He performs on a Heavy Wall Brannen-Cooper flute. More information about him can be found at his studio's website.


christine moulton

Christine Fish Moulton teaches flute and keyboard skills at Mansfield University. She is a member of the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, as well as a regular performer in Savoy Company productions in Philadelphia and the annual Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Spoleto Festivals in the United States and Italy. On baroque flute, she is a member of Bethlehem Baroque. New York Times critic Allan Kozinn said in his review of her performance in  Richard Auldon Clark’s Four Sketches for flute and string trio, “Christine Moulton gave its flute line a shapely, colorful reading…” Concerts and presentations include the Pocono Flute Society, Flute Fest of Central PA, New York Flute Club’s Flute Fair in Manhattan, and the National Flute Convention. She was the first place winner in the 1993 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition.

Moulton graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with her bachelor’s degree and holds graduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University. Her principal teachers include Keith Underwood, Bart Feller, Sandra Church and William Grass.