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Flute Day 2015

October 24, 2015

Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, the 2015 Penn State Flute Day will feature masterclasses, seminars, recitals, competitions, and a recital by internationally renowned performer and composer Robert Dick.

Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels. Come join us for an exciting day of performing and educational activities offered by Robert Dick and our other clinicians, including Kelly Sulick, David Graham, Naomi Seidman, and Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes. 

Registration for Flute Day is $15 (lunch included). Click here to register.

Please either submit your registration payment by check* via USPS mail or bring it with you on Saturday, October 24. Checks should be made payable to “Penn State Flute Club.” Send registration payment to: Dr. Naomi Seidman, 213 Music Bldg 1I, University Park, PA 16802, Attn: Penn State Flute Day.

*Please include name of registrant(s) in the memo line.

Young Artist Competition (sponsored by Windworks Studio)windworks studio logo

The Young Artist Competition offers two levels of competition: junior (up to grade 8/maximum age 13) and senior (grades 9-12, age 14 and older). Cash awards will be offered at each level - $50 for the junior winner and $100 for the winner of the competition’s senior level. Winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. after the Flute Day Faculty Recital.

  • Required Repertoire (Junior Level): "Syrinx " by Claude Debussy plus one piece of your choice. Time limited to 10 minutes.
  • Required Repertoire (Senior Level): "Image" by Eugene Bozza plus one piece of your choice. Time limited to 12 minutes.

The registration cost to participate in the Young Artist Competition is $25 (includes Flute Day registration). To register for either the junior or senior level of the Young Artist Competition, click here. The registration deadline is Friday, September 25.

Please direct questions about the junior level of the competition to Kathleen Holmann at Questions regarding the senior level should be sent to Theresa Bunger at


Masterclasses for outstanding performers will be offered at the high school and collegiate levels. The high school masterclass faculty includes Penn State professor Naomi Seidman and University of Virginia flute professor Kelly Sulick. Six to eight high school performers will be chosen. The application deadline is Thursday, October 1, and performers will be notified via email by October 5. To apply to participate in the high school masterclass, click here.

The collegiate masterclass will be led by Robert Dick. Six to eight college/university performers will be chosen to participate. The application deadline is Thursday, October 1, and performers will be notified via email by October 5. To apply to participate in the collegiate masterclass, click here.

For the collegiate masterclass program, click here.


 “Alexander Technique” - Robyn Costa

  • Robyn Dixon Costa, D.M.A., teaches the Alexander Technique, which helps people learn to use their bodies in the most efficient and pain-free way possible.

 “Meet Marcel Moyse” - Cathy Herrera

  • “Meet Marcel Moyse" will acquaint students with one of the flute world's greatest performers, and teachers using his beloved books that have inspired flutists for decades, "24 Small Melodious Studies" and "Tone Development Through Interpretation." A recording of the legendary Moyse performing from the latter will be shared.

"Jeanne Baxtresser's American Flute Heritage: A history of tradition and excellence" - David Graham

  • Come listen to recordings of renowned flutist Jeanne Baxtresser and be introduced to a number of exercises that are a part of Mrs. Baxtresser's tone/vibrato pedagogy. Bring your flutes!

"Exploring Vibrato" - Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes

  • This lecture demonstration is intended to be helpful for all levels of flutists.  She will demonstrate how to produce vibrato and how to gain control over different speeds and amplitudes of vibratos.  You will examine playing with an expressive straight tone, learn how to create a seamless change from non-vibrato to vibrato, and begin producing a variable vibrato that can change speeds smoothly.  Participants are encouraged to try the exercises, so bring your flutes!

"Flute Choir Reading Session" -Judy Moore

  • Bring your flute and join conductor Judy Moore for this fast-paced and fun flute choir reading session! All levels are welcome  - just be sure to bring a music stand!

Recitals and Performances

All performances are open to the public.

Robert Dick recital. For the program, click here.

Flute Day Faculty Recital. For the program, click here.

Pennsylvania Flutist Gala Concert. For the program, click here.

Schedule of the Day

The Penn State Flute Day is generously supported by Penn State's Duncan Fund, Windworks Studio, Powell Flutes, and the School of Music.

Robert Dick is internationally recognized as a composer, performer and improvisor.  The acknowledged master of the contemporary flute, he has revolutionized the Robert Dicksoundworld of the instrument. Dick has performed solo recitals of his music throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His chamber music has been performed by Alia Musica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Flute Force, V.I.F., the Boland-Dowdall Duo, the Scottish Flute Trio, New Winds, the A.D.D. Trio, Tambastics, Alia Musica, and other ensembles in the United States and Europe.

Robert Dick is one of only two Americans ever to be awarded both Composers Fellowships (twice) and a Solo Recitalist Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Meet the Composer/Readers Digest Consortium Commission, commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the city of Zurich, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and many more commissions, grants, and fellowships. The National Flute Association (USA) presented Dick with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Dick has released over 20 CDs of original solo and chamber works and collaborations with fellow creative musicians. Other of his CDs feature music by Telemann (the Fantasies for flute alone) and Jimi Hendrix.   Dick’s newest recording is Flutes and Voices, improvised duos by Robert Dick and baritone Thomas Buckner. Upcoming are duo CDs with pianist Ursel Schlicht and drummer Tiffany Chang.

Dick has had a major impact on flute playing everywhere through his pedagogy, including countless masterclasses throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  In print, his pedagogy includes the seminal books The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques, Tone Development through Extended Techniques, and Circular Breathing for the Flutist plus two volumes of the etudes Flying Lessons. Instructional CDs and DVDs --and now his series of instructional videos on YouTube -- illuminate his ideas and music for students and professionals everywhere.  

For the past quarter century, Dick has been contributing to the evolution of the flute itself. His invention, the Glissando Headjoint®, is a telescopes to-do for the flute what the “whammy bar” does for the electric guitar. The Glissando Headjoint® is being made under Robert Dick’s own name and marketed through  

Dick holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's degree in composition from the Yale School of Music where he studied composition and electronic music with Robert Morris, Jacob Druckman, and Bulant Arel. He teaches flute and coaches improvisation and chamber music at New York University. He is also on the faculty of the City University of New York Graduate Center, teaching both flute and composition. He also maintains an active private teaching studio, which includes working with flutists the world over using Skype.

David GrahamDavid M. Graham is principal flutist of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and has played with ensembles such as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Alia Musica New Music Ensemble.  As an active proponent of new compositions and chamber music, Graham has performed for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Project, NCSA Flute and Strings Chamber Music tour to Lincoln Center (NY), the Pittsburgh Living Room Chamber Music Project, and is a founding member of the Arioso Trio based in Pittsburgh, PA.  Active as an outreach educator and clinician, his articles on flute pedagogy have been published by the Pittsburgh Flute Club, Washington D.C. Flute Society, and the Flute Association at Florida State. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. 

Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes is an associate professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches flute, music theory, and aural skills. Previous teaching tracey schmidt-jaynespositions include Vanderbilt University, University of Northern Arizona, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, her master’s degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and her bachelor’s degree in flute performance and music theory/composition from the University of North Texas.  Solo flute performances have included the National Flute Association convention in Chicago, as well as flute society festivals in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Recent presentations include a lecture at the 2013 National Flute Association convention in New Orleans. She has adjudicated numerous competitions including the National Flute Association’s “High School Soloists Competition.” She is the piccoloist of the Williamsport Symphony.

naomi seidmanNaomi Seidman joined the Pen State faculty in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and she 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 Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and Ballet Austin. She has also been an invited performer, judge, and presenter at National Flute Association (NFA) conventions and is a member of the NFA Cultural Outreach Committee. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, a woodwind quintet comprised of Penn State faculty members. She also performs regularly with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, as the JANO Duo. A dedicated educator, Naomi has presented masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Ohio State University, Capital University, Ball State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend masterclasses and recitals given by a renowned flutists. The symposium’s guest artists have included Jill Felber, Bart Feller, and Bonita Boyd.

Kelly Sulick currently teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as principal flute in the Charlottesville Symphony. Prior to her appointment, she served as principal Kelly Sulickflute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville for three years. She earned her master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Southern California, and she recently completed three seasons as principal flute with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and in English language and literature from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar for her academic achievements.

Robyn CostaRobyn Dixon Costa is dedicated to helping performers connect with their audience in meaningful ways. In 2012, she developed a course at the Penn State School of Music entitled The Teaching Artist Initiative that helped students create innovative programs that engaged audiences with interactive activities. Currently, she is the faculty advisor for the new Penn State Classical Music Student Ambassador Program. This program teaches students to become arts advocates and elevates the role of classical music in the greater Penn State community. She also teaches in the Penn State eLearning department. An accomplished performer, Dr. Costa is the English hornist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, principal oboist of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and a member of the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra.

Cathy Collinge Herrera enjoys an international career as a concert artist, orchestral performer, and flute professor. She has performed extensively Cathy Herrerathroughout Central and South America, Australia, England, and North America, and is currently on the faculty of the Central Pennsylvania Arts Conservatory and Juanita College in Huntington, PA. Cathy is also a rostered artist for the Pennsylvania Arts Council. She previously served on the faculties of Valparaiso University, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium, the Conservatorio Nacional de Peru, University of Northern Iowa, and Luther College. As a founder of Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in 1986, she has been responsible for the development of flute festivals in South America. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, Dr. Herrera held the position of principal flute in the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and researched indigenous music during her two-year tenure. She has premiered works for solo flute, chamber ensembles, and concertos in addition to publishing her own compositions and arrangements. Cathy has also had articles published by Flute Forum magazine and is a contributor to the new Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Holding degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a D.M. and World Music Certificate from Florida State University, Dr. Herrera’s principal teachers include Jerrold Pritchard, Robert Cole and Charles DeLaney.