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Flute Day Fall 2019

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Flute Day, Fall 2019

September 28, 2019

For the Fall 2019 Flute Day the Penn State Flute Club is thrilled to host renowned flutist Marianne Gedigian. Professor Gedigian will present a solo recital with pianist Colette Valentine in the new recital hall at 5pm as well as a collegiate masterclass at noon. Other flute guests include the LYRA Ensemble, who will perform a chamber recital at 2:30pm and a chamber music masterclass at 11:00am. For more information regarding the full schedule please click the link below.

For specific recital program information please CLICK HERE (coming soon).

Click here for the full day’s schedule

windworksSponsored 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 the junior advanced and senior level - $50 for junior advanced, and $100 for the winner of the competition’s senior level. Winners will be announced directly following LYRA Ensemble's recital and will be invited to perform at an encore recital at 4:15 p.m. during Flute Day. 

Click here for more details and registration for the solo competitions.

Sponsored by Windworks Studio, 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. The first-place winning ensembles will be announced directly following LYRA Ensemble's recital and they will be invited to perform at an encore recital at 4:15 p.m.during Flute Day.

Click here for more details and registration for the chamber music competition.

The registration deadline for the chamber music competition is Monday, September 2, 2019Please direct questions about the competitions to Naomi Seidman at

Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List . In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.

Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.

Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.

Pianist Colette Valentine, one of the most active professional collaborative pianists in the United States, joined the faculty of the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music in the fall of 2008. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish after earning Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Maryland where she studied with Nelita True. From 2000-2008 she was on faculty at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, as an instrumental repertoire coach and faculty recital partner. She was also a faculty member at New Jersey City University from 1996-2008 where, in addition to coaching students and performing with faculty and guest artists, she taught courses in The Application of Theory in Performance and The Art of Accompanying. In the summers, she joins other professional colleagues as a coach at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp in Michigan.

Critically hailed for her “clean, sparkling technique” (Salt Lake Tribune) and for her “consummate skill and musicianship” (Classical New Jersey), Colette Valentine has performed in such important venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, and internationally in Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. As pianist of the Ecco Trio, praised by the Washington Post for capturing “the intimacy of chamber music at its best”, she has toured the United States and Japan. She has also collaborated in chamber concerts with the New York Philharmonic Winds, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Washington Chamber Society, the Left Bank Concert Society, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Rembrandt Chamber players, among others. For many years, she has been official staff pianist for the William Kapell International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Washington International Competition for Strings, and the National Flute Association National Convention. She has also served in that capacity for the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competitions. She has recorded for the Albany, fontec, Antara, Well-Tempered and CRI labels.

The Lyra Ensemble:

“I recently attended a concert by the Lyra Ensemble, and I enjoyed it very much. Not only was the flute playing at an extremely high level, but the quartet members all showed a high level of humor and theatricality that made the concert rather unique, and certainly memorable. I think any music lover would enjoy one of their concerts!”

David Cramer
Associate Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra

Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A. is the owner and founder of The Flute Academy, which has recently re-located to Bergen County, New Jersey. She is a member of the Lyra Ensemble and principle flute with The Ridgewood Concert Band. She is passionate about working with aspiring young musicians in the private lesson setting, chamber ensemble coaching and in the classroom. Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart has served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She teaches and administrates for the Marina Piccinini International Summer Master Classes at Peabody each summer. Her academic achievements include a D.M.A. from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. from Ithaca College.

Ellen Fisher-Deerberg graduated from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where she majored in music performance and studied with Murray Panitz, former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ellen is a well-respected freelance artist in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and has performed in a wide variety of instrumental ensembles in both the USA and Germany. She has been teaching flute for over 28 years, formerly at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and the Music School of Delaware, and has been on the faculty of Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey, since 2005. Ellen is the principal flutist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anna Meyer holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Bachelors in Flute Performance and German minor) and The Peabody Institute (Masters).  She was previously the adjunct instructor of Flute at Mercyhurst University and Second Flutist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, both positions she held until her family relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2011. Recently, she took second place in the 2015 Myrna Brown Competition in Dallas, TX and is currently a listed substitute for many regional orchestras, including the Delaware Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, and the Allentown Symphony.  Anna also maintains a private studio out of her home in Willow Grove.  She and her husband, Erik, often collaborate in concerts of flute and organ music, and she is a founding member of the Lyra Ensemble.  For more information, please visit

Flutist Elivi Varga performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Philadelphia area. She is an adjunct professor of music history at Rowan University, teaches flute at Community College of Philadelphia, and maintains a private flute studio.  She has studied at Goucher College, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a doctorate of musical arts degree. Dr. Varga’s recently-released CD, Silver Tunes: Music for Flute and Organ, includes world-premiere recordings of music by American composers Lowell Liebermann and Augusta Read Thomas, and has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Europe. Her articles on music have appeared in The Flutist Quarterly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. Please visit for more information.


Onsite registration will take place from 8:00am-9:00am on September 28th outside of the new recital hall.

Please direct questions about the event to Naomi Seidman at, 814-865-0175.

Interested flutists may also register the day of the event. (Note: parents accompanying their children are not required to register.) "Parents of participants that are children under the age of 18 are expected to attend and provide support to their children at all times."

Flute Day is sponsored by the Penn State School of Music, Haynes FlutesWindworks Studio, the Penn State Flute Club and the Penn State Student Initiated Fee.