2017-2018 season.

NJ Flute Society

​​​Carla Auld

Flutist, Carla Auld is a soloist and chamber musician who promotes the performance and recording of new classical and crossover music by various composers throughout the world. Ms. Auld’s solo debut CD, “Beauty in America”, features the works of living American composers and premieres two NEW works by Mark O’Connor and Steve Giammarino for flute and orchestra. The CD is available under the MSR Classics record label and has been described as "entirely captivating and impressive".  Jerry Dubins, editor of Fanfare Magazine called it " ... Beguiling ... perfect technical command ... music made for listening ease and pleasure.”  She has performed regularly as a soloist in conjunction with the West Side Oratorio Orchestra and various ensembles throughout the New York Metro Area.

​For more information, please visit http://www.carlaauld.com/






Sophia Anastasia

...a sensual image and an enchanting style of performing.
       Women Who Rock magazine

...a notable lyricist.
        The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sophia Anastasia is one of the most accomplished emerging professional flutists in the New York metropolitan area. Her New York debut at Carnegie Hall and the release of her debut album Musing launched her into the forefront of the concert flutist world. She has won a number of national and local flute competitions, performs with numerous ensembles and orchestras in the United States, and is recognized as one of the most respected instructors in the New York and New Jersey areas.

Joseph Arnold 

Joseph Arnold is an Alexander Technique teacher, violinist, and founder of Pain-Free Music. He overcame his own chronic injuries related to playing violin through the Alexander Technique and now teaches this to other musicians in the greater Philadelphia area.

This fun and engaging workshop will show you how you can empower yourself to let go of the muscular tension that causes pain while playing music. It's based on the principles of the Alexander Technique, a method of learning how to use your body with less tension and more fluidity.

Alexander Technique teacher, violinist, and founder of Pain-Free Music will lead you through a series of explorations designed to help you relieve the pain that can get in the way of your music-making.

By the end of this workshop you will have some practical tools you can use to help relieve your own pain, as well as a clear idea of how you can relieve this pain, once and for all.

​For more information, please visit http://www.painfreemusic.com/about-joseph






Karen Demsey

Dr. Karen Demsey, MM Eastman School of Music, DMA Rutgers University, is Professor of Flute and Musicology and Coordinator of Woodwinds at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has published articles on flute pedagogy, and presents workshops and masterclasses nationally and internationally. She is currently conducting research in the US and Europe for an upcoming book on innovative teaching in performance pedagogy, and recently presented her research at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, and at the College Music Society National Conference.

Ms. Demsey has premiered numerous works nationally and internationally. She recently performed as a soloist throughout China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra on tours of Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey.  She performs with the Low Flute Ensemble annually at the National Flute Association Convention.  Her solo album, "Recollections of the Inland Sea," internationally distributed on Capstone Records, features music for flute and marimba with Greg Giannascoli, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo.

She is Co-Director of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their four albums, including the just-released "Streaming Dreams" featuring works by two composers in the ensemble. UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as "organic... mesmerizing.... UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind."

​For more information, please visit http://www.wpunj.edu/coac/departments/music/faculty/demsey-karen.html

Valerie Coleman, Guest Artist for 3rd Annual NJ Flute Fair

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Valerie Coleman began her music studies at the age of eleven and by the age of fourteen, had written three symphonies and won several local and state competitions. Valerie is not only the founder of Imani Winds, but is a resident composer of the ensemble, giving Imani Winds their signature piece Umoja (which is listed as one of the "Top 101 Great American Works" by Chamber Music America). In addition to her significant contributions to wind quintet literature, Valerie has a works list for various winds, brass, strings and full orchestra published by International Opus and in the near future, Theodore Presser.

Prior to her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, Valerie was the understudy for flutist Eugenia Zukerman at Lincoln Center, featured soloist in the Mannes 2000 Bach Festival, two-time laureate of the Young Artist Competition at Boston University, recipient of the Aspen Music Festival Wombwell Kentucky Award, and was the inaugural recipient of the Michelle E. Sahm Memorial Award at the Tanglewood Festival. Recently, she appeared as guest artist at the Chenango Music Festival, teaching artist for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, was recipient of Meet the Composer's Edward and Sally Van Lier Memorial Award, and was showcased on the New York classical radio station WQXR. Most Recently, she is a recipient of the Multi-Arts Production Fund - a grant given to "support innovative new works in all disciplines and traditions of performing arts."

Valerie has a Double Bachelor's degree in Theory/Composition and Flute Performance from Boston University and a Master's degree in Flute Performance from the Mannes College of Music. She studied flute with Julius Baker, Alan Weiss, and Mark Sparks; composition with Martin Amlin and Randall Woolf; and has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program and Interschool Orchestras of New York. Currently, she is on the advisory panel of the National Flute Association.

Bios of Artists

Kaoru Hinata has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Albany Symphony, the Berkshire Opera Orchestra, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Hinata was the first prize winner of the Lawrence Beauregard Competition in Canada and the second prize winner in the Myrna Brown Competition in Texas. She has been featured as soloist with the Norfolk Festival Chamber Orchestra and the New York Choral Society Symphony, and has premiered flute works by Christopher Theofanidis and Dan Sonenberg. She holds a master of music degree and artist diploma from Yale University and a bachelor of music from Northwestern University. Her teachers include Ransom Wilson, WalfridKujala, and Keith Underwood.


Wendy Stern


Flutist Wendy Stern is a member of the dynamic and innovative group, Flute Force, winner of the Artists International Competition and recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the New York Council of the Arts. With Flute Force, Wendy has performed and coached chamber music in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.

As a freelance flutist in New York, Wendy has played in the flute sections of many prestigious organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.


​For more information, please visit http://nysmf.org/people/wendy-stern/

Nan Raphael

Nan Raphael, a frequent guest artist, is currently piccoloist with Maryland Lyric Opera, Washington Winds, International Flute Orchestra, Capitol City Symphony and Columbia Flute Choir.  She has 4 piccolo CD’s, a book of piccolo excerpts and an article in the NFA Pedagogy Anthology vol. 2 published. 

​For more information, please visit http://www.nanraphael.com/






Ali Ryerson


Ali Ryerson has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile flutists on the scene today. She has performed with such diverse talents as Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Julius Baker, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti.

Ali has toured the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Africa, and has performed in many major jazz festivals, including the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, the JVC in New York, Guinness Festival in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and Carnegie Hall.


​For more information, please visit http://www.gemeinhardt.com/connect/artists-clinicians/ali-ryerson.html