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Flute Day 2017

Flute Day

October 6-7, 2017

Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, Penn State Flute Day celebrates and showcases the flute with masterclasses, seminars, recitals, and competitions. Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels.

Kicking off the festivities is a recital on Friday evening, October 6. This recital will feature our headlining artist Nancy Stagnitta, jazz flutist and professor at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Professor Stagnitta will also present a high school/collegiate masterclass at 1:00 p.m. on October 7 in 110 Music Building I. Click here for her recital program!

Saturday's schedule, beginning at 9:00 a.m., includes workshops on world music, jazz improvisation, recitals, flute choir reading sessions as well as masterclasses, and don’t forget the young artist competition! Presenters and performers include:

  • Katherine Isbill Emeneth
  • Eleanor Duncan Armstrong
  • Dan Parasky
  • Judy Moore
  • Patty Lambert
  • Amy (I-Yun) Tu

Click here for the schedule

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.) Onsite registration will take place from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on October 6th outside of Eisenhowerpowell logo Chapel, and from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Esber Recital Hall lobby.

Flute Day is sponsored by the Penn State School of Music, Verne Q. Powell Flutes (Boston), Windworks Studio, and the Penn State Flute Club.

Young Artist Solo and Chamber Music Competitions windworks studio logo

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, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. during Flute Day. Click here for more details and registration for the solo competitions.

We are also pleased to offer a flute chamber music competition (novice, advanced, and senior groups of three or more flute players). The first-place winning ensemble will receive a cash award of $50 and the opportunity to perform at an encore recital on Saturday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. during Flute Day. Click here for more details and registration for the chamber music competition.

The registration cost to participate in any of the Young Artist Competitions is $25 (includes one Flute Day registration). The registration deadline is Monday, September 18. (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

Nancy Stagnitta is instructor of flute and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Academy, artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and principal flutist wNancy Stagnittaith the Traverse Symphony. Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, she was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and masterclasses in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently featured on the cover of Flute Talk magazine.

Stagnitta formerly served as piccoloist with the Sarasota and Baltimore Opera Orchestras, extra player with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra. She collaborates with Paula Robison and Judith Mendenhall to host the annual Interlochen Flute Institute, and has offered masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, the University of Texas-Austin, and University of Colorado-Boulder among many others. She has also served as artist/faculty at the Montecito, Hot Springs, and Quartz Mountain Music Festivals.

Active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta was a featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association convention in Chicago in 2014, and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist at previous NFA Conventions held in New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. She has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and released a jazz recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio's WETA in Washington, D.C. and KING FM in Seattle. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship among body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium.

Stagnitta earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Beatrice Keram.

Eleanor ArmstrongEleanor Duncan Armstrong was the flute professor at Penn State from 1983-2012. She also coached flute chamber music ensembles, and performed with The Pennsylvania Quintet and the Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo.

As an orchestral flutist, she has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Breckenridge Colorado Institute, and the Oklahoma Symphony. She currently performs as flutist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. With the Pennsylvania Quintet, she toured extensively in the United States and Europe, including performances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. The quintet's compact disc recordings include American Wind Music, 20th Century Wind Chamber Music, and Recent American Works for Winds (Centaur CD label). The quintet has also been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today and is a past winner of the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition in Washington, D.C.

With the Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo, she presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the country. The duo is especially active in commissioning new works for the ensemble and has recorded Exotic Chamber Music (Centaur CD label) and Creative Mix (Gasparo). The National Flute Association has featured the Armstrong Duo in invited performances at four national conventions: New York City, Phoenix, Columbus, and Nashville.

Eleanor holds graduate performance degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree in flute performance at Oklahoma City University.

Katherine Isbill Emeneth is a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in flute performance. Active as a performer, she has performed concerts with the Seattle Katherine EmenethCollaborative Orchestra, Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, and the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, as well as in solo concerto appearances with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Washington-Idaho Symphony. Additionally, she has participated in numerous performances with various orchestras and wind ensembles including the ensembles at the University of Washington and the University of Georgia.

As an international performer, Katherine has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Italy, Germany, and Poland.  She has also been a finalist in national competitions including the Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist competition, the Ladies’ Musical Club Young Artist Competition, the Alexander-Buono International Flute Competition, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. 

She has presented and performed at several National Flute Association conventions, giving presentations titled “New in Town: How to start and maintain a successful private studio,” and “The Practicing Predicament.” Additionally, Katherine has won prizes for excellence in teaching including the Georgia Music Educators’ Future Music Educator Award for outstanding accomplishments in education. She has also served on the board of directors of the Seattle Flute Society, supporting local flute performers, teachers, and students.

Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Georgia.  She now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Cathy Collinge Herrera holds both a D.M. degree in Performance and World Music Certificate from Florida State University. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England, as well as Central and Cathy HerreraSouth America. A Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and founder of the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas.  As artistic ambassador for the U.S. Embassy, she performed throughout South America.

She taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium in Perth, Australia and at Valparaiso University, IN.  She currently teaches at Juniata College and privately in her home studio. She is a Rostered Artist for the PA Council on the Arts with Galaxy Arts in Education. She performs with the Nittany Valley and Altoona Symphonies, Music at Penns Woods, Camerata Amistad, and From the Heart duo.

Patty Lambert

Patty Lambert plays Irish flute, wooden flute, whistle, and concertina. She is a member of Callanish, an Irish/Scottish band formed in 2001. They quickly became regulars at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, First Night State College, Wellsboro's Laurel Festival, and State College's Summer's Best Music Fest. Formerly, she was a member of Ceol Binn, Smash the Windows, the Celtic Classic trio, and she can be heard on Smash the Windows' Requests the Pleasure of Your Company, Celtic Classic, and Davy Jones' She, as well as all four Callanish albums. She is also a current member of the State College Municipal Band.

Lambert has studied Irish flute with Mike Rafferty and Eliot Grasso, and has attended workshops at Catskills Irish Arts Week, Irish/Celtic Week at Augusta, Goderich Celtic Roots, and other festivals. FormerlJudy Moorey on the faculty of the Music Academy in State College, she now teaches privately in her home.

Flutist, teacher, and researcher Judy Moore specializes in music of the Baroque period. She directs the State College area flute choir, Toot-in-Common. She holds degree in music education and in flute performance from Peabody Conservatory, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Maryland.

In 2003, Judy retired from 26 years of teaching music in the Prince George's County Public Schools (MD). A 2005 move to State College, PA brought new challenges: focusing on a performing career and building a flute choir. Judy performs on baroque flute with the Penn State Baroque Ensemble and as part of the Junior Baroque series. She performs on modern flute with Vivace Duo, a flute/piano partnership with Ann Davis begun in 1990. In 2006, Judy formed Toot-in-Common, a flute choir, after returning from a musical tour of the Baltic States with the International Flute Choir.

Dan Parasky is a graduate with music degrees from Boston and Duquesne Universities. His private flute students have successfully auditioned for various honors ensembles, soloist Dan Paraskycompetitions and workshops at the local, regional, national and international level.

 Parasky is on the faculty of both the Newlonsburg Music Academy and the P.Y.C.O. School of Music. He is a founding member of the PM Woodwind Project, serves the National Flute Association as the competition coordinator for the National High School Flute Choir and he directed the 2014 Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir. Please visit for more information.

Click here for Dan Parasky's recital program.

Amy TuAmy Tu is a faculty member of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division and maintains a successful private flute studio. For many years, her students have received the highest rankings at regional competitions, CJMEA, and all-state auditions.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she received undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Bradley Garner. Currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University studying with Bart Feller, Tu has performed in concert venues in the United States, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Japan, and Taiwan. She is an award winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition, Baur Scholarship Competition, and Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition.

Amy is a state level coordinator of the Young Artist and Junior competitions for the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). She enjoys an active schedule collaborating with ensembles such as the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, World Civic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Nova, and the Eastern Wind Symphony.