Come hear the performers for Marianne Gedigian's Masterclass!
KENYA FLUKER is currently studying Flute performance under the tutelage of Soo-kyung Park, at New York University Steinhardt. Recently, she has been the winner of NYU's Concerto Competition and the National flute association convention scholarship award. In the wake of the pandemic, Kenya was granted an alternate winner spot for the National Flute association’s Blaisdell Scholarship. Along with this national achievement, Kenya has participated in masterclasses led by DeMarre Mcgill, Valerie Coleman, and Jeanne Baxtresser. Before moving to the big apple, Kenya studied under Monica Song, and actively participated in the Texas Music Educators All-state competition, winning an AREA spot all four years of high school.
ABI MIDDAUGH is from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and currently attends the University of Michigan under the instruction of Amy Porter. In the summer of 2022, Abi performed with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America on their European tour under Daniel Harding, with guest performer Alisa Weilerstein, appearing in Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam, Berlin, Ravello, and Lucerne. Abi also sat principal flute of Interlochen Arts Camp's 2021 World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and currently performs with the University of Michigan Symphony Band under Michael Haithcock and the University Philharmonic Orchestra under Jayce Ogren. Abi recently won the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and in November will be performing Poem by Charles Griffes with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Abi's mentors include her former flute teacher Kelly McDermott, Matthew Roitstein of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hannah Hammel Maser of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and David DiGiaccobe at the College of New Jersey. She is passionate about exploring the mental health implications musicians face on a daily basis. Abi plays a Muramatsu DS flute. In her free time, Abi enjoys exercise, thrift shopping, reading, meditating, and spending time with her parents and younger sibling.
JOY TAN currently studies flute with Judith Mendenhall at the Mannes School of Music. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, she has performed in many prestigious concert and recital halls including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Prudential Hall at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Lincoln Center. She has received acclaim as the first prize winner in numerous competitions such as Arizona Flute Society’s Collegiate Soloist Competition, the National League of Performing Arts International Solo Competition, and the International Grande Music Competitions. Joy is also an alumna of the New Jersey Youth Symphony and Brevard Music Center. At Mannes, Joy has also played in the Mannes Orchestra, wind orchestra, Mannes Sounds Festival, and various chamber groups.
NATALIE TREJO is a Salvadoran-American flutist currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Classical Flute Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Linda Chesis. Natalie received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Texas at Arlington studying under Dr. Terri Sanchez. Natalie has received First Prizes for the 2022 CanAmerican Flute Symposium Solo Artist Competition, the 2022 Puerto Rico Flute Symposium Young Artist Competition, the 2022 Floot Fire Virtual Soloist Competition, the 2022 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2021 Kansas Flute Society Summer Collegiate Competition, 2021 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and the 2020 Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate Artist Competition. Natalie was a selected participant for the inaugural semester of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Mentorship Program. Next summer, Natalie will appear as a soloist with the Puerto Rico Festival Orchestra. Natalie is a Haynes Young Artist and plays on a Custom Silver Haynes Flute with a 14k Gold Riser.