Award-winning flutist, Meghan Bennett, leads a diverse career as an educator and solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She was awarded first prize in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Morning, Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Club Competition and has been a prizewinning finalist in the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition and the Greater Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition. She has also competed in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Fischoff Competition and the Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Bennett has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony and the Palmetto Opera Orchestra. She received fellowships to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Brevard Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival and the National Music Festival. Bennett received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina. Her primary teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Marina Piccinini and Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley.
Dr. Bennett is the Assistant Professor of Flute and Woodwind Area Coordinator at Northern Kentucky University.
Colleen McElroy holds the Piccolo/Second Flute chair in the Spokane Symphony, and also plays Second Flute with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Colleen enjoys working with enthusiastic students of all ages and levels, and has maintained thriving private studios in Seattle, on Bainbridge Island, and now in Spokane. Colleen was awarded first prize in the 3rd Annual Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the 2015 Flutissimo! Solo Artist Competition, and the 2013 University of Washington Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. In past summers, Colleen has been invited to perform at the Brevard Music Center Institute in North Carolina and the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. Colleen holds Bachelor’s degrees in Performance and Art History from the University of Washington and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Boston University. Her teachers include Linda Toote, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Donna Shin, and Iris Ingram. www.colleenmcelroy.com
New York City, NY
Sarah Shin, D.M.A., is a vibrant and versatile performer, teacher, and collaborator. She has performed in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig, Germany, and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Some of the highlights for this upcoming year include recording an album at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, performing a tour in Spain, and soloing with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra at Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. Sarah is the Co-President of the New Jersey Flute Society and is on faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross Extension Division. She has taught masterclasses and workshops all over the US, such as University of Virginia Flute Forum, Utah Valley University, Ferrum College, William Paterson University, The Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and more. She has won First Prize of the Upper Midwest Flute Young Artist Competition, First Prize of the American Protege International Competition, First Prize of the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and was a finalist for the Classics Alive Artists Competition. Sarah is also principal flute of the Houston Serenade Project and most recently played with Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Virginia Opera. Sarah received her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University, her MM from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as a Jacobs Scholar Fellow, and her DMA from Rutgers University, with the graduate teaching assistantship. Her primary instructors include Jeanne Baxtresser, Bart Feller, and Thomas Robertello. www.sarahshinflute.com
Potsdam, New York
Chelsea Tanner maintains a vibrant career as a performer and educator. She is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of music. Prior to Potsdam she has served on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University. Chelsea has performed with orchestras across the United States including the San Antonio Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, and many others. She has performed in numerous summer festivals in including the Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. Chelsea has been a Quarter finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Young Artist competition, and winner of the Central Ohio Flute Association collegiate competition. She was also the winner of the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters Pittsburgh Chapter Woodwind Competition and went on to perform as a finalist in the 2014 NSAL National Woodwind Competition.
Chelsea earned her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Jeanne Baxtresser. Following her master’s, she received an Artist Diploma from The University of Texas at Austin studying with Marianne Gedigian. Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at The Ohio State University studying with Katherine Borst Jones. Chelsea is currently finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin.