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2022, NAXOS Records: The Hartt School Wind Ensemble- Compositions by Shuying Li and Jess Turner
2019, Lincoln Center Tour Performance in Alice Tully Hall with Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
2019, Boosey & Hawkes Recording Session: Dana Wilson compositions for Wind Ensemble
2019, New Britain Symphony Orchestra Martha Moses Continuing Music Study Scholarship Winner
2018, New Britain Symphony Orchestra Helen Kilduff-Elizabeth Elia Scholarship Winner
I am a passionate flutist that loves teaching flute privately in addition to performing. In May of 2022, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Hartt School of Music with a BM in Flute Performance. While I was there, I studied with Janet Arms, flutist of New York City Opera. I have also extensively studied with Dr. Barbara Hopkins, Assistant Principal of The Hartford Symphony Orchestra. During my degree, I have performed flute, piccolo, and alto flute with both The Hartt Symphony Orchestra and The Hartt Wind Ensemble. I have also had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for world-renowned flutists such as Cynthia Meyers (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Chelsea Knox (Metropolitan Opera), Linda Toote (Boston University), Alexa Still (Oberlin Conservatory) and more.
I have seven years of teaching experience from beginners to advanced high school students. My teaching career began in 2015 as a teacher for The Joseph and Anthony Manzi Foundation Summer Band Camp. This camp was where I discovered my love for teaching. In the following years, I gained experience teaching private lessons in both my home studio and students’ homes. I have always loved being able to give students one-on-one attention and being able to get to know students personally. In 2017, I was asked to be a teaching assistant for The University of Hartford Hartt Summer Youth Festival under my teacher, Dr. Barbara Hopkins. At this festival, I was responsible with assisting during group lessons and teaching privately. I primarily helped students prepare for regional band auditions and work on flute fundamentals
For elementary students, I usually have them work out of Standard of Excellence books or Rubank Elementary method books and supplement them with fun popular music they enjoy to play. For middle school and high school students, I encourage them to work on appropriate solos, scales, and duets we can play together. For adult students, I typically ask them about their musical goals and interests so that we can make a plan that they’re excited about! For all of my students, I strive to make both short-term and long-term goals we agree about.
I always teach flute in an encouraging atmosphere and I strive to help students reach their goals. I think it is extremely important to recognize students’ accomplishments while also encouraging them to continue to work on areas still needing improvement. At the end of lessons, I always make it clear what is expected to be prepared for next week and provide students with suggestions about how to work on the materials. I’m a strong believer that lessons should always be encouraging because this is the best environment for fostering joy and improvement!
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