2018-2019 season.


Lynn Saltiel is a Psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years and a Behavioral Health Consultant/Trainer for Employee Assistance Programs nationwide. Lynn holds her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She divides her time between clinical practice, programming and supervision.

Lynn is a Clinical Supervisor for Women Rising, a community program serving and empowering atrisk women and their families. Lynn is a classically trained flautist and musician trained in the use of facilitation and music improvisation. She has presented workshops on using music improvisation techniques for health and wellness in clinical practice.

Some of the organizations Lynn has presented at include Rutgers University School of Social Work, NJ Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, NJ Society for Clinical Social Work, Dalcroze Society of America National Conference, Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine, and the Globe Sound Healing Conference. 

Bios of Artists

NJ Flute Society

​​​​​Patricia Lazzara 

Patricia Lazzara, flutist, has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a three time winner of the Artists International competition in New York City and gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Cami Hall.

She has performed at Carnegie Hall several times and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  Patricia has performed as soloist for the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and won first prize in the North Jersey Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Ms. Lazzara is a Miyazawa Flute Artist, (www.miyazawa.com), is the 2007 Winner of the Florida Flute Association Performers Grant for Advanced Study and a 2004 Winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition.

Ms. Lazzara is a founding member of Light Stream Orchestra (LSO), a quartet of flute, violin, guitar and piano that focuses on meditative music inspired by Spirit.  LSO utilizes a multimedia approach to performances with added visuals to enhance audiences’ experience. Light Stream Orchestra's first CD will be released the summer of 2018.  Ms. Lazzara has released two CDs for flute and harp entitled “Enchanted Love” and "Celestial Sounds of Christmas" and a recent release “A Very Happy Noel” with flute, soprano and piano. 

Ms. Lazzara is also a founding member of UpTown Flutes (UTF), one of the premier flute ensembles performing today.  Their sold out performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2002 received a rave review from the New York Concert Review and subsequently they were invited to perform at several National Flute Association Conventions, most recently 2014 in Chicago, Il, 2015 in Washington, DC and 2018 Orlando, Florida.  UpTown Flutes’ discography is comprised of  “A Flute Renaissance'' followed by their holiday CD, "An UpTown Christmas", "21st Century Gems" and the latest release “Streaming Dreams” spotlighting compositions by member composer/flutists.   Patricia served as recording editor for the CDs.   

Ms. Lazzara had the distinct honor of being the flute soloist for the Papal Visit to Giants Stadium in 1995 and collaborates with harp, guitar, piano, vocal and string partners in many chamber music performances and in different genres.  Ms. Lazzara is the conductor of the Ridgewood HS Flute Ensemble, is on the faculty of the Encore Music Program in addition to full studio of private students. 

She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion, has appeared in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger, Robert Stallman, Trevor Wye and has coached with Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff and Bart Feller. She also studied with Paige Brook and David Williams. ​

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

​​​​Amy Porter, Guest Artist for 4th Annual NJ Flute Fair

Featured in the March 2018 edition of New on NAXOS for her recording of Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, flutist Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. This captivating performer was described by Carl Cunningham in the Houston Post as having “succeeded in avoiding all the overdone playing styles of the most famous flutists today.” In American Record Guide, flutist Christopher Chaffee wrote, “If you have not heard her playing, you should.” Ms. Porter “played with graceful poise,” noted Allan Kozinn in The New York Times. And Geraldine Freedman, writing in the Albany Gazette, commented, “Amy Porter showed that she’s not only very versatile but that she can do everything well. She chose a program that tested every aspect of her playing from a Baroque sensibility to using the instrument as a vehicle of sound effects, and she met each challenge with passion, skill and much musicality.” 

Ms. Porter has been a featured soloist with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and with the Atlanta, Houston, Omaha, Delaware, Albany, Flint, Billings, Battle Creek, Arkansas, and Elgin symphony orchestras. She has twice appeared in recital at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, as well as at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Her collaborators have included such distinguished conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Ransom Wilson, David Alan Miller, Yoel Levi, Thomas Wilkins, José-Luis Gomez, Enrique Diemecke, David Amado, Anne Harrigan, and Arie Lipsky. She has given premieres of works by Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joel Puckett, Christopher Caliendo, Katherine Hoover, and Frank Ticheli, among others. 

Winner of the 3rd Kobe International Flute Competition and the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition, Ms. Porter has served on international juries around the world, including the 6th Kobe International Flute Competition. She has been heard in recital on National Public Radio; highlighted on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center; and featured on the covers and as a writer for the magazines Flute Talk in the USA and The Flute in Japan.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO amyporter.com/profile/


Lyra Ensemble

Flutists Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, Anna Meyer, and Elivi Varga form this radiant and distinctive ensemble. Equally at home with dazzling technique as they are with lush and vibrant tone, the Lyra Ensemble performs music from all genres, for audiences of all ages.

​​​​Caroline Sonett 

Caroline Sonett has performed on the stages of several of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher (David Geffen) Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and enjoys an active career as a performer, educator and arts administrator. 

She has been featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase. She is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble The Songwriter’s Orchestra, an is a dedicated chamber musician, performing internationally with her flute/viola/harp ensemble, Trio Alexander. Caroline has been featured as soloist with both the Miami Chamber Orchestra and the Columbia University Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto, K. 313. She has performed with Buffalo’s Slee Sinfonietta, the Bronx Opera Company, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Columbia University Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony. Additionally, Caroline spent two years engaged with the New York Philharmonic’s subsidiary program “Very Young Composers,” playing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic.​

Caroline has recently held chamber music fellowships at the Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Norfolk Music Festival Chamber Music Session and New Music Workshop (2015), and at the Atlantic Music Festival (2013). In previous summers, Caroline has attended the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, Eastern Music Festival, Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany, and the Brevard International Music Festival. She has performed in masterclasses presented by William Bennett, Andreas Blau, Jasmine Choi, Robert Dick, Marianne Gedigian, Emmanuel Pahud, Keith Underwood and Carol Wincenc. Caroline is a dedicated chamber musician, performing internationally with her flute/viola/harp ensemble, Trio Alexander. A passionate educator, Caroline is the adjunct woodwinds instructor at Alfred University, teaching secondary lessons and chamber music. As a teaching assistant at Eastman, she teaches secondary flute lessons, flute methods for music education majors, and flute doubling for undergraduate jazz majors. Caroline has given masterclasses and held residencies at Gettysburg College, Kent State University, and Alfred University.​

Caroline holds a specialization in Arts Administration in conjunction with University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She has held several arts management roles in operations, marketing, and artistic planning, including the position of House Manager at the Eastman School of Music and Executive Director of The(_)Project Chamber Orchestra. Her roles at 21C Media Group, The College Music Society, and the MostArts Festival have resulted in the recommendation and implementation of key digital marketing strategies for a variety of clients. Additionally, Caroline is a writer for The Eastman Case Studies, a publication by Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership that examines issues and challenges facing arts organizations.​

Caroline received her MM in Flute Performance and Literature (MM’16) from The Eastman School of Music as a student of Bonita Boyd and earned a BA in Music from Columbia University in 2014. Previous teachers have included Nicholas Duchamp, Jeanne Baxtresser and Soo-Kyung Park. Caroline is a current doctoral candidate at Eastman.

Links to Playing:
Lecture-Recital (hour-long version):

 Variations for Flute and Piano, Robert Beaser:

Nicole DeVault

Raised in Michigan and now residing in New York City, Nicole DeVault began her musical studies at an early age, on harp, piano and voice. Her professional credits include featured vocalist for the Detroit Emmy Awards and international tours singing and playing the harp as a soloist, with chamber groups, big bands and orchestras throughout Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and the U.S. She spent a number of years living abroad, recording and performing as a jazz vocalist in Paris, where she also wrote lyrics for the French composer Claude Preshac and was a guest on Radio France. Ms. DeVault is at home over the airwaves, on television and on stage appearing in a number of performance art pieces, in New York City, which includes a series at the Whitney Museum and several collaborations with the visual/performance artists, including Carter Kustera and dnacer choreographer Sydney Schiff. She recently returned from Portugal performing original harp and vocal compositions where she was artist in residence at the Turkish Embassy in Lisbon. Consistent with her belief that music is a connecting force across cultures she is a permanent member of the New York City based Open Music Ensemble an improvisational group of international collective musicians performing regularly in and around New York City, facilitating yoga, meditation, journaling, poetry and other contemplative modalities. She is the winner of the 2014 Blackboard Awards for teachers, in recognition of her outstanding work for New York City students. She continues her musicianship while collaborating on writing and developing an inter-spiritual curriculum for children, presented in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2015. ​

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/


​​​​​​​​For many years, Todd Rogers, a graduate of the Music for People Program, has been dedicated to supporting others in finding and expressing their inner music.  His style is gentle yet dynamic creating a safe space where participants are supported to push their musical edges.  Todd’s background includes extensive group facilitation work such as ropes course and group initiative experiences and wilderness leadership.  A trained violist and violinist, Todd lives in Brooklyn, NY and performs with various groups spanning genres from improvised experimental to folk and blues.

​​​​​Anne Dearth 

Anne Dearth is a flutist and music teacher in Northwest Ohio. She is the co-founder and director of N/A Ensemble, a new chamber music group dedicated to performing experimental and adventurous works. Previously residing in New York City, she has performed with Contemporaneous, the W4 New Music Collective, and has participated in the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Iota Festival, and the Lower East Side Music Festival. She has performed at Detroit’s Orchestral Hall, Scandinavia House (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) and at Merkin Hall (NYC). Anne particularly enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered multiple works written expressly for her, most recently I spirningstidens stillhet by Kristofer Svensson and Uncreation by Dennis Sullivan. She is passionate new music performer and presenter. In Brooklyn, NY Anne began a concert series in her neighborhood, bringing new music performances to people’s homes and local venues. She continues to program new music in a variety of settings, both as a soloist and with N/A Ensemble, performing in churches, coffee shops, and libraries. Originally from Dearborn MI, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from New York University under the tutelage of Amy Porter and Robert Dick.  

Links to performances:


Included in this playlist:

Cassandra’s Dream Song by Brian Ferneyhough

Uncreation by Dennis Sullivan

Shame by Jesse Diener-Bennett

Pirouette on a Moon Sliver by Amy Beth Kirsten

I spirningstidens stillhet by Kristofer Svensson


Included in this playlist:

Hermes by Salvatore Sciarrino

Due Voci Mvt. 2 and 3 by Stefano Gervasoni, performed with Maya Bennardo, violin

I funerali dell’anarchico Serantini by Francesco Filidei, performed with Leah Asher and Maya Bennardo