BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sarah Shin (she/her)
Dr. Sarah Shin 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 performing in Das Muth Concerto Hall in Vienna, Austria, 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. 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. Sarah is a Wm. S. Haynes Artist and and performs on a handmade custom Haynes 14k white gold flute. 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 is currently the flutist of the North American Broadway Tour of Les Misérables and the Lecturer of Flute & Director of Flute Ensemble at Muhlenberg College. Schuyler recently performed in the Off-Broadway revivals of Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife and Richard Rodgers' No Strings with the J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company. Additionally, she has performed with the Ohio Light Opera, College Light Opera, Rutgers Opera Theatre, Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Music Festival. 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.
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
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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
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.
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Dr. Jamie Yoo is a multi-faceted musician, exploring music’s role in society. Whether performing new or familiar works from the flute repertoire and collaborating with communities, Dr. Yoo embraces individual differences and advocates for a culturally inclusive and responsive community. She is always seeking opportunities to create connections between people, and to reach beyond the conditional framework of music. Dr. Yoo holds a BM and MM in Flute performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a DMA in Flute Performance and minor in Music Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Dr. Yoo is devoting her time to obtaining her New York State Teacher Certification. To know more about her, please check www.yoojamie.com
Praised for her powerful sound, energy, and elegant stage presence, flutist Stephanie Kertesz is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer and teacher based in northern New Jersey and the greater NYC area. She currently is the second flutist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra in her home state of Michigan. In 2022 and 2023, Stephanie was a quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and was the second prize winner in the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Stephanie studied with Thomas Robertello while getting her Masters at Indiana University and studied with Alberto Almarza while completing her undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She additionally has studied with Bart Feller, Sharon Sparrow, Jeff Zook, and Jeanne Baxtresser. More information about Stephanie, upcoming performances, and past recordings can be found on her website (stephaniekertesz.com) and her YouTube Channel.