The New Jersey Flute Society, established in 2009, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in flute performance and pedagogy. Our focus is to provide an encouraging environment for students, amateurs, and professionals alike, and to highlight New Jersey flutists and flute communities.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A. is the director and founder of The Flute Academy, located in Bergen County, NJ. She has served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Conservatory, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She is a member of the Lyra Ensemble (Flute Quartet), Classic Winds (Woodwind Quintet) and principal flute of the NJ Wind Symphony. She has given concerts, lectures, workshops and master classes throughout the United States and has also performed in several groups throughout Europe and Japan. Her academic achievements include a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College. Her main teachers have been Marina Piccinini, Bradley Garner, Wendy Mehne, Claudia Anderson and Selma Moore. She is happy to serve the New Jersey Flute Society as Co-President. www.thefluteacademy.com
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 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
Flutist Sophia Ennocenti is an active teacher, performer and arts administrator. She currently serves as Administrative Coordinator of Large Ensembles, Special Events, Ensemble Libraries and Instruments at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department. In addition to her administrative duties, Sophia maintains a private flute studio and has held teaching positions at Rutgers Community Arts as a private flute instructor and chamber music coach. Sophia received her MM in flute performance from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts under the tutelage of Bart Feller and her BM in flute performance and music education from Ithaca College under the tutelage of Dr. Wendy Herbener-Mehne. A native of Rochester, NY, Sophia began her private flute studies at the age of 13, attending the Eastman School’s pre-college program, graduating with honors in flute and music theory studies under the tutelage of Jan Angus.
Flutist Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the Tri-State area. She has performed with the Rockbridge Symphony (VA) and Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra (VA), and at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (TN). A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras, and recently completed her first season with the Ohio Light Opera. She was previously Principal Flute of the College Light Opera for four seasons, while also serving as the Orchestra Manager. She is an active teacher, and has several articles on pedagogy published in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. Schuyler earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Government from Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, her Master of Music in Performance from James Madison University, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance under the tutelage of Bart Feller at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. www.schuylerthornton.com
Elise Carter, secretary for NJFS, was co-founder and president of NJFS from 2009-2018. She is director for NJ flute Choir day, adjunct professor at Drew University, a published composer and a member of uptown flutes, appearing on all 4 of their CD's. She is currently the music director at Calvary Lutheran Church in Allendale NJ and is pursuing a master's degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University. She recently founded the non profit Carter-Glennon Center for Arts and Nature.
Committee Chair for The Annual NJ Flute Choir Day
Virginia Schulze-Johnson is a performer, teacher, and flute technician. She is a certified Straubinger Technician, and a founder of UpTown Flutes, The NJ Flute Choir Day, Drew Flute Orchestra and currently, Centre Park Flutes. Residing in Reading, PA, she is a Founding member of NJFluteSociety and is the Committee Chair of The Annual NJ Flute Choir Day.
Caroline Sonett, D.M.A, is the Student Success Academic and Career Advisor at Mannes School of Music and the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Buffalo. She previously served as the Director of Graduate Advising and Services at the Eastman School of Music. A performer, educator, and administrator, Caroline has held teaching positions at Alfred University, the University of Rochester, and the Kanack School of Musical Artistry. A member of the flute/viola/harp trio Trio Alexander, she actively performs as a chamber and ensemble musician and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher (David Geffen) Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Caroline holds a BA from Columbia University and an MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music, where she received a specialization in Arts Administration through the Simon Business School. Previous teachers have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Soo-Kyung Park, Nicholas Duchamp, and Bonita Boyd. www.carolinesonett.com
Member at Large
Flutist Amanda Dame is active throughout the Northeast as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Amanda has given solo recitals at venues such as the Anderson House in Washington DC, the Arts Club of Washington, The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland, and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY. She appears frequently as a member of Duo Sila, a Baltimore-based flute and percussion duo. She has won first place prizes in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, the Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, and the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Amanda has also appeared Guest Principal with the Canton Symphony in Canton, OH. As an educator, Amanda has held teaching positions at the summer camp Encore/Coda, the Oberlin Flute Academy, and the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently teaches at the Forbush School at the Glyndon and Hannah More Center, and has a private flute studio in Baltimore, MD. More information can be found on her website amandadameflute.com.