Meghan Bennett is Assistant Professor of Flute at California State University, Fresno. She was awarded top prizes in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Morning, Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Club Competition, Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition and Greater Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition. Bennett has also competed in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Fischoff Competition.
Passionate about collaborating with communities of color through classical music, Bennett traveled to Chile and Ghana in 2019 for residencies at Centro Cultural San Antonio and the Matic Music Club where she taught flute, music theory and pedagogy classes. In 2020 Bennett developed a four-part Facebook conversation series –– Let’s Talk–– amplifying the Black experience through the lens of classical music.
Dr. Bennett has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra and the Round Rock Symphony. She has been a recipient of fellowships to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Brevard Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival, National Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA.
Bennett received degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, Peabody Conservatory and University of South Carolina. Her primary teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Marina Piccinini and Jennifer Parker-Harley. www.meghanbennett.com
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
Dr. Sarah Shin is an award-winning, vibrant and versatile performer, teacher, and collaborator. Sarah is the Lecturer of Flute at Princeton University, on flute faculty at Rutgers University MGSA Community Arts, the co-president of the New Jersey Flute Society, and an IMK Classic Solo Artist. With IMK Classic, some of the highlights for this upcoming year include recording a Mozart Concerti album at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria and performing in Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. She has performed in Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The DiMenna Center, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig, Germany, and Olympus Hall and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea. She has given masterclasses and workshops all over the US, such as the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Boston Flute Academy, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and more. Sarah attended high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and is an honorary alum of the Boston Flute Academy. She 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. Sarah is greatly indebted to her teachers Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Bart Feller, Thomas Robertello, Judy Grant, and Dr. Sonja Giles. www.sarahshinflute.com
Brooklyn, New York
Chelsea Tanner maintains a vibrant career as a performer and educator. She was most recently 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 Quarterfinalist 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 most recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin. www.chelseatanner.com