BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart (she/her)
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 (she/her)
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. She is grateful for her instructors Jeanne Baxtresser, Bart Feller, and Thomas Robertello, Judy Grant, and Dr. Sonja Giles. www.sarahshinflute.com
competitions for New Jersey Flute Society and the New York Flute Club. As the producer of the multidisciplinary project Dark Matter: A Tribute to Vera Rubin, Sarah Carrier is a grant recipient from organizations such as New Music USA and MAP Fund to commission Angélica Negrón, Alexandra du Bois, and Danielle Eva Schwob to compose works for Parhelion Trio in dedication to the late astrophysicist Vera Rubin. Sarah holds a DMA from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York where she completed her dissertation “Reimagining the Flute Masterclass: Case Studies Exploring Artistry, Authority, and Embodiment” (2019). While pursuing her DMA (CUNY) and MM (New York University), she studied with Robert Dick. Prior to moving to Wayne, New Jersey, Sarah served on faculty at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn where she taught the Postmodern and Music Appreciation courses.
Sarah Carrier (she/her)
Flutist, producer, and teacher Dr. Sarah Carrier received praise from The New York Times for combining “thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics and unusual timbres.” She has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Perelman and Weill), National Sawdust, Harpa Concert Hall (Reykjavík), The Stone, Le Poisson Rouge, Walt Disney Hall, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, Issue Project Room, National Opera Center, and many more. Sarah is also a member of the acclaimed Parhelion Trio, an all-female NYC-based flute, clarinet, and piano ensemble dedicated to bringing virtuosic, robust, and impactful contemporary music to diverse audiences. Parhelion has held residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Adelphi University’s “New Music XII” series, and New Music For Strings Festival, along with an ensemble fellowship at the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab. Parhelion was a semi-finalist in the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition as well as the Concert Artist Guild competition. Sarah has given workshops, masterclasses, and performances for the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program, Vermont Youth Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society. She has also adjudicated
Schuyler Thornton (she/her)
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. www.schuylerthornton.com
David Stedge (he/him)
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.
Shanshan Wu, D.M.A. is a dedicated flutist and music educator. She has performed as chamber musician and as a solo flutist at various prominent venues including the Jones Hall, Houston Fine Arts Museum, Jacob Music Center, Tallowood Baptist Church. She previously performed with a number of symphony and opera orchestras, and taught private studio and public schools in California, Texas, and China. Shanshan received her D.M.A. from Moore School of Music at University of Houston, Master of Music from the University of Redlands, and Bachelor of Music from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China. Her primary teachers include Aralee Dorough, Jennifer Keeney, and Sara Andon. She recently relocated to NJ and is happy to serve the community of New Jersey Flute Society.
Hae Jee (Ashley) Cho
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. www.ashleychoflutist.com
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.
Member at Large
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.
Yoon Jung Huh
Member at Large
Flutist Yoon Jung Huh is a dynamic soloist, chamber player and an educator. Dr. Huh has performed at numerous recitals and concerts including appearance at the Kennedy Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, and Sejong Performing Arts Center. She has appeared as a concerto soloist in performances with Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Baroque Ensemble, and Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra. She won top awards and honors in international competitions including prizes in Alexander and Bouno International Flute Competition, Boston University Soloists’ Competition, Dong-A International Music Competition, Busan Concours sponsored by the MBC Broadcasting Company, and Daegu Music Association Concours, and VI Jurjānu Andrejs International Woodwind Competition. Dr. Huh received her bachelor's degree from Seoul National University in flute performance, a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins
University. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. Currently, Dr. Huh is a flutist of Artique Chamber Music Ensemble. Also, she is a faculty at Rutgers University MGSA Community Arts and Yamaha Music Conservatory and teaches in her private flute studio.
Alicia "Lish" Lindsey (she/her)
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. Lishlindsey.com
Member at Large
Flutist Jisun Oh, enjoys a career as a versatile young artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops , Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Recently Jisun was named winner of the Boston University’s Carnegie Hall Recital Competition. Other major competition wins have included 32nd James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, the Boston Woodwind Society, New York International Artists Competition and Alexander & Buono International Competition. An active recitalist, Jisun has appeared throughout the North America, including performances at the Zankel and Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall to name a few. Jisun received a Doctoral of Music Arts degree at the Boston University where she was awarded departmental award. Jisun received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degree with honors at the New England Conservatory.
Nicole Schroeder Raimato (she/her)
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.