Sara Schuhardt is a performing flutist and
educator in Northern Colorado. She has
been heard throughout the Midwest as soloist with regional orchestras and wind
bands and as part of the flute quartet Flauto Donne. As an active chamber
musician, Sara performs in the trio “In Triplicate” with clarinetist Kwami
Barnett and pianist Iris Zhang. The
group advocates new music and organizes various outreach
recitals at regional universities and public schools. Also, Sara's diverse teaching background has ranged from
teaching as Adjunct Flute Instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and
Iowa Western Community College to building a large private flute studio and giving clinics in public schools. She also served as Assistant Director of the
Heartland Community Flute Choir, which has toured Europe and performed at several national conferences. Sara holds a Master’s degree in Flute Performance
and Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she studied
under Christine Erlander Beard, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from
Buena Vista University in northwest Iowa. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Arts degree in Flute
Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, where James Hall has been
her primary teacher.
Mary Matthews enjoys an active and international career as a contemporary flutist, new music advocate, pedagogue, and entrepreneur. She has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall (USA), the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), and Jornadas de Música Contemporánea (Cochabamba, Bolivia), among others. Additionally, she has been invited to perform at the Newport Music Festival, the Maryland Wind Festival, the New Music Gathering, and five National Flute Association Conventions. She is currently based in Boulder, CO.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Matthews has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at the The University of Wyoming, Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, El Instituto Eduardo Laredo (Cochabamba, Bolivia), and the Peabody Institute, among others. During the Spring of 2018, she will also present classes and recitals at Colorado State University and the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Matthews is currently on faculty at the Parlando School for Musical Arts in Boulder, and she previously served as a faculty member at The Hartt School Community Division in West Hartford, CT where she was head of the Adult Chamber Music Program and launched the Suzuki flute program. Additionally, Dr. Matthews was an adjunct faculty member at The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, a flute faculty member at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD, and a teaching artist with the Hartford Symphony's CityMusic and El Sistema Colorado.
She began her formal flute studies at the Eastman School of Music's Preparatory Program where she graduated with distinction in performance. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Janet Arms, Emily Skala, Laurie Sokoloff, George Pope, and Jan Angus.
Tess Halonen hails from sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she began playing flute at the age of 11. She studied privately with Jenny Paulson-Krueger before attending The University of Denver, where she studied with Pamela Endsley. To enhance her flute playing, she studied extended flute technique with Marilyn Prestia. She is an active and enthusiastic performing artist in Colorado. She is a member of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, and The Colorado Wind Ensemble. Ms. Halonen enjoys teaching a studio full of dedicated flute students in Denver, CO, as well as coaching flute sectionals for Cherry Creek Public Schools. She also performs in Sahaja, a flute and guitar chamber ensemble focused primarily on Spanish composers. Recently, she was awarded a Professional Fellowship at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She has performed in masterclasses with Alan Weiss, Brook Ferguson, Tadeu Coelho, Amy Porter, Lisa Garner Santa and she has studied privately with Patricia Surman for the past year. In addition to being a freelance musician, Tess holds degrees in mathematics and physics and continues to work on various contract assignments related to healthcare analytics, medical economics and data science.
Kathryn Eagles is a flutist and educator from Fairbanks, Alaska. She
holds both a bachelor’s (BM) and master’s degree (MA) from the University of
Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of
Colorado Boulder. In addition to her studies at the university, she
participated in masterclasses and lessons with Hilary Abigana from The Forth
Wall, John Barcellona, Nicole Esposito, Dr. Naomi Seidman, Lisa Garner Santa,
Lorna McGhee, Claire Chase, Lorna McGhee, and Carol Wincenc.
Dr. Eagles taught privately, and presented masterclasses and clinics throughout rural, interior Alaska. During this time, she enjoyed many rich experiences as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. Dr. Eagles performed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra for many years, where she held the positions of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo. In addition to orchestral playing, she has a profound interest in both contemporary and classical repertoire for the flute. She has performed chamber music at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C., the National Flute Association Conventions, and the Gumi International Music Festival in Gumi, South Korea.
Dr. Eagles’s duo, The Midnight Sun Two, is currently working on a project consisting of commissioning and premiering chamber works for flute and percussion. The Midnight Sun Two has received works from composers Emerson Eads (Alaska), Lucus Oikle (Canada), Olivia Kieffer (USA), John Drumheller (USA), Molly Joyce (USA), and Derek Charke (Canada).
Dr. Eagles is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Flute Instructor at both the Parlando School of Musical Arts and Rocky Ridge Music Academy. In addition, she maintains an active private studio and is the temporary flute instructor at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Eagles is a certified instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a member of the National Flute Association, and currently, she is the treasurer of the Colorado Flute Association.
Hailed by the Santa Barbara News Pressas a “dazzlingly brilliant” and “breathtaking” flutist with “tremendous skill,” Dr. Megan Lanz enjoys her multi-faceted career as a pedagogue, international solo performer, orchestral musician, and pit orchestra musician. She maintains an active studio in Colorado, and her students have continued on to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Colburn School, and many other colleges and universities.
Megan has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of ensembles and productions, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Crested Butte Festival Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Arapahoe Philharmonic, the first national tour of Wicked, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Disney’s The Lion King. Highlights from her concert performances include multiple appearances with Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Merchant, Jackie Evancho, Igudesmann & Joo, Celtic Woman, Hillary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Linda Eder, Bebe Neuwirth, and Dr. Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach).
In addition to instructing at Colorado State University, she maintains an active flute studio. Her students have continued on to perform with professional ensembles, including the Pershing's Own, American Youth Symphony and Music Academy of the West. Her former students attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Colburn School, and various colleges and universities.
Megan is a certified meditation instructor, and specializes in Vipassana (insight & mindfulness). She uses her knowledge in mindfulness to help coach musicians to move past fears and anxieties with regard to performing.
Yamaha Performing Artist Dr. Patricia Surman is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral flutist. In demand as a soloist, Patricia has recently performed and given masterclasses in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, across Europe and the United States at esteemed institutions including the Venice Conservatory, Janacek Academy, the State Conservatory of Greece, Baylor University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University. Patricia has been a featured performer and clinician for flute festivals, including the National Flute Association Convention, Florida Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, Kentucky Flute Festival and the Flute Society of Mid-South. Patricia served on faculty at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and researched contemporary Greek flute repertoire. Her article on Ida Gotkovsky is featured on Oxford Music Online. She was recently featured in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, interviewed in The Flute View and has published articles in the Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and Flute Talk Magazine. As co-founder of DuoInteraktiv, Patricia has collaborated with computer musician Reiner Krämer, performing music for flute and interactive computer across the nation.
Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo
and orchestral artist. The Miami Herald praised Ferguson’s performance of Carl Nielsen’s
Concerto for Flute with the New World Symphony as “soaring, fraught with emotion, possessing
sterling technique with pure tone, showing herself fully in synch with Nielsen’s enigmatic world,
putting across the playfulness, passing shadows and sheer strangeness of this music with
strong impact.” First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist
Competition, Ferguson has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the
New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra. She has appeared at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood Music
Center—as both an orchestral fellow and New Fromm Player.
Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has
been Principal Flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously,
she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she had the
privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other great musicians and
conductors. She has made Principal appearances with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the
Seattle Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to
her appointment with the New World Symphony, Ferguson was the Acting Principal Flutist of the
Knoxville Symphony and the Principal Flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Last season, Ferguson was a featured soloist on Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute with the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Douglas Boyd. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she
performed Michael Gandolfi’s Geppetto’s Workshop in Jordan Hall at the composer’s invitation
and gave the Tanglewood premiere of his Three Pieces for Solo Flute. Her performance of
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was
commercially released on Yarlung Records and her live performance of David Amram’s Red
River Valley Variations is available on the Newport Classic LTD label. Other notable solo and
concerto performances were at the National Flute Convention of Japan and at festivals in
Russia, Chile, Brasil and Qatar.
A dedicated teacher, Ferguson encourages her students to cultivate strong and imaginative
interpretations, guides them toward a deeper understanding of self-reliant problem solving and
helps them to develop physical and mental self-awareness. One week every summer, she is a
resident artist and teacher at the Marina Piccinini International Master Class at Peabody
Conservatory and has been adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder and
the University of Northern Colorado.
Ferguson received her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne
Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza and her Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma
from the Peabody Institute studying with the Marina Piccinini. Other important teachers and
influences are Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Paula Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas.