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.




Sarah Shin, D.M.A., is a vibrant performer, teacher, and collaborator. She is the Lecturer of Flute at Princeton University and on flute faculty at Rutgers University Community Arts. 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 her highlights for this upcoming year include recording a solo album of W.A. Mozart's Flute Concerti at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, and performing in Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. She is an IMK Classic Solo Artist (management based in Vienna). Sarah is principal flute of the Houston Serenade Project and a founding member of Emissary Quartet, a flute quartet dedicated to new music. 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 a graduate teaching assistantship. Her primary instructors include Jeanne Baxtresser, Bart Feller, and Thomas Robertello.

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Schuyler Thornton, D.M.A., is a dynamic flutist and teacher based in the Tri-State area. She has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Music Festival. A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras, making her Off-Broadway debut in the revival of Richard Rodgers' No Strings at NYC's Theatre Row in February 2020 and in the orchestra at Ohio Light Opera in 2019. She was principal flute of College Light Opera for four seasons while also serving as the orchestra manager, and performed with Rutgers Opera Theatre for three years. Dr. Thornton is an active teacher and is on faculty at Rutgers Community Arts, and has several articles on pedagogy published in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. Schuyler has presented masterclasses and recitals at several universities across the US. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence University Alumni Association. 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 her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance under the tutelage of Bart Feller at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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Hae Jee (Ashley) Cho

Member at Large

Flutist Hae Jee (Ashley) Cho is a multi-talented musician who serves as soloist, chamber musician and educator. She entered The Juilliard School Pre-College division at age 12 as a student of Bart Feller. Ms. Cho has earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree as an accelerated student at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Carol Wincenc. A devoted chamber musician, she has performed in several of New York’s most distinguished museum, including Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vanderbilt Museum. Ms. Cho is also a member of a wind quintet named SOOM. A passionate soloist and laureate of top prizes in national competitions, Ms. Cho’s brilliant artistry has been recognized by the Atlanta Flute Club, National Flute Association, National Society of Arts and Letters, San Diego Young Artist competition, The Flute Society of Washington, The New York Flute Club. She is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts program at Stony Brook University as a teaching assistant to Carol Wincenc.



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Flutist Lisandra Hernandez is a versatile performer of music from classical to broadway to contemporary, as well as passionate music educator. Lisandra has performed throughout the Tri state area, including notable New York City area venues, including the DiMenna Center, Merkin Concert hall, West Side Presbyterian Church and the Prudential center. Lisandra is a second flute with the Adelphi chamber orchestra, assistant principal with the New Jersey Wind Symphony, and principal flute with the Ramsey Wind Symphony. She has perfomed with Uptown Flutes, the Ensemble for FreeLance Artists, and Long Island Concert Orchestra as well as various theater productions and other ensembles in the tri-state area. Lisandra is currently on the faculty of the Yamaha Music School in Fair Lawn and maintains an active private teaching studio. She has her

BA and MA in music education and flute performance from New Jersey city university and is a proud teacher of elementary vocal and instrumental music in Fort Lee, NJ, where she was awarded her school Governor’s teacher of the year in 2015. 

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Alicia "Lish" Lindsey

Member at Large

Alicia “Lish” Lindsey is the principal piccoloist with the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of NJ and Sinfonietta Nova, principal flutist with the Eastern Wind Symphony, resident flutist with the NYC contemporary music ensemble Random Access Music, contrabass player with Centre Park Flute Ensemble, and a ryūteki (dragon flute) performer with the Columbia Instrumental Gagaku Ensemble of NY and Tokyo to NY concert series. Notable engagements include the Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Reading Symphonies, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Strauss Symphony of America, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Center City Opera Theater, South Florida Symphony, Fresh Squeezed Opera, and New York Opera Exchange. She was a regular flute substitute with the Broadway musical Finding Neverland and has performed with Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Sarah 

McLaughlan, Evanescence, Hanson, violinist Lindsey Stirling, Il Divo, Il Volo, Celtic Thunder, and others. Lish is an adjunct flute/music professor at Columbia University, CUNY Brooklyn College, NJ City University, Wilkes University, and Summer Music in Tuscany (Sarteano, Italy) as well as an active clinician and master class presenter. She earned an MA (Flute Performance) from New York University, BM (Flute Performance) from The College of New Jersey, and a BA (English, Music Minor) from Trenton State College. Influential teachers include Julius Baker, Dr. Brad Garner, David DiGiacobbe, Dr. Dent Williamson, David Ancker, Ronna Ayscue, Louise Sasaki, and Takeshi Sasamoto.

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Bruno Mayoria

Member at Large

Bruno Mayoria is a dedicated teacher, performing musician and an enthusiastic advocate for music education. As a versatile musician, he has performed at various prominent venues such as Lincoln Center in New York and at West Side Presbyterian Church with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in chamber settings and as a solo flutist. He currently plays with the Grainger Quintet, a woodwind quintet native to northern New Jersey. As an educator, Bruno has successfully founded and organized different ensembles at the high school level. He is currently an instrumental music teacher in Elizabeth, NJ. He has had competitive success with high school marching bands and has successfully prepared private students for New Jersey Honor Band auditions. Bruno holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from William Paterson University, graduating cum laude. His primary teachers include Karen Demsey and Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart.

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Member at Large

Flutist Nicole Schroeder made her Carnegie Hall debut as First Prize Winner of the 2014 International Shining Stars Concerto Competition. According to the Epoch Times, “Schroeder played with a beautiful, well-projected tone undiluted by excess air, as well as subtly understated dynamics and lyrical phrasing.” Nicole has played in the pit orchestra for the Broadway production of Wicked and the Off-Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish; appeared on the TV show Mozart in the Jungle; and performs with a number of symphony, opera, theatre, and ballet orchestras in NY, NJ, and PA. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Nicole enjoys teaching flute in her private studio, as a teaching artist in New York City public schools, and as a member of the flute faculties at Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ and Wetherby-Pembridge School in Manhattan. Nicole holds a Masters of Music degree in Flute Performance from New York University.


David Stedge

Member at Large

David Stedge is an active Flutist and Music Educator in the Lower Hudson Valley of NY  and Northern NJ. He teaches Elementary General Music and Chorus at Pine Tree  Elementary School in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District where he takes an  active role in giving his students the foundations of their music education and showcasing  their potential with the energy and passion they thrive on in the classroom. Outside the  school day, David performs in the New Jersey Wind Symphony and the Flute Choir  within the section. He has performed side by side with the West Virginia Symphony  Orchestra and performed on Flute and Piccolo with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra  in Pennsylvania, both of which he substitutes with. David made his solo debut at Weill  Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner of the Golden Classical Music  Awards International Competition and was the Winner of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp  Staff Solo Competition in 2018. When not making music, you can find David at the local  gyms teaching his other passions; Les Mills BodyAttack and BodyCombat, two high  intensity cardio classes. He currently studies with Dr. Tanya Witek and received his  Master of Music in Flute Performance from West Virginia University, where he was the  Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Flute Studio. David also received a Bachelor of  Music in 

Music Education with a flute emphasis and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music  with a voice emphasis from the State University of NY at Fredonia. His teachers include  Professor Nina Assimakopoulos, Dr. Susan Royal, and Dr. Carol Shansky for Flute and Ms. Julie Newell and Ms. Claudette Peterson for Voice.

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Competitions Coordinator

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.