Colorado Flute Association

Promoting collaboration, inspiration, and participation for flutists throughout the state of Colorado

Michael Williams 

President

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “sweet but potent birdsong,” Denver native Michael Williams was recently appointed as Second Flute/Piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and performed as Acting Second Flute with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season. Michael continues to play with Colorado Symphony as a frequent substitute as well as performances with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, and Lexington Philharmonic, including performances as guest principal. He has performed with Island City Opera and Opera Parallel in the Bay Area, and the Bloomington Chamber Singers in Indiana.


Michael was an orchestral fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and a featured artist for three seasons with the Switchboard New Music Festival. He was a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Also passionate about teaching, Michael maintains a private studio in the Denver area, is a Practicing Artist at his alma mater the Denver School of the Arts, and often performs with the Englewood Arts Symphony Spotlight school presentations.


While a graduate student at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Michael was an Associate Instructor of Flute where he taught private flute lessons for non-majors and led group technique classes for undergraduate performance majors. He holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His main teachers include Thomas Robertello, Tim Day, Catherine Payne, Alexa Still, and Catherine Lum-Peterson.

In addition to his performance activities Michael is also an experienced fundraiser and arts administrator. He has held administrative positions with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, A Child’s Song and the Studio, and the Colorado Symphony.


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Jane Sandstrom

Vice President

Jane Sandstrom moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 from Fairbanks Alaska, where she held the Piccolo chair for the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, was Principal Flutist for Opera Fairbanks and Fairbanks Light Opera Theater, and was a member of the select Fairbanks Flutists. She has served on the board of numerous arts organizations, including being the Assistant to the Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Treasurer for Opera Fairbanks and the Colorado Flute Association, and Secretary for the Pikes Peak Flute Choir and the Colorado Springs Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon professional international music fraternity. Her passion for playing and drive to improve her skills continues after 40+ years with the flute. Jane has performed at the National Flute Association and Colorado Flute Association conventions. In her Colorado Springs community, she is the Principal Flutist with the Little London Winds, Piccoloist for the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, and Principal Flutist for productions by Village Seven Arts and Sunrise Players. She is a founding member of the Skylark Flute Quartet. Jane developed a partnership with a local high school graphic arts classroom to create the logo and concert posters for the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony. She has connected flutists Carol Wincenc and Ali Ryerson with colleges in Colorado for masterclasses and concerts. Jane has performed in masterclasses with Sarah Jackson, Carol Wincenc, Lady Jeanne Galway, Alexa Still and Massimo Marcelli. As a Flute Performance major, Jane travelled the East Coast to attend masterclasses given by Marcel Moyse, Geoffrey Gilbert, and William Bennett.

 

Jane thoroughly enjoys combining her passions of flute and education to bring quality educational opportunities to flutists in the Colorado area. As a board member and Treasurer for the Colorado Flute Association, she understands first-hand the preparation and execution required of the Flute Fair and Student Honors Competition, major events the organization hosts each year. Leadership roles outside of music include being the Chair of the local road commission for ten years and a classroom teacher for 30 years. As Chair, Jane was responsible for developing the agenda, leading meetings so that each person in attendance had a voice, maintaining the budget, and working with contractors on construction projects. Jane holds degrees in Biology and Science Education, and is a Nationally Board-certified teacher in the Monument public school system.


 

Cora Crisman

Treasurer

Cora Crisman is a flutist whose aspirations to perform and study have led her to travel internationally. A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, she has played in orchestras in the U.K. under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and under the direction of acclaimed violinist Maxim Vengerov. During her time there she was honored to perform in such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, the Sage 

Gateshead, King's Place, Charlton House, the Duke's Hall at the Academy and various venues for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 


Upon her return to the United States, Cora has been delighted to rediscover the vibrant musical world in Colorado, where she is currently a freelance flutist. She subs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Greeley Philharmonic, and she has performed with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. Cora also enjoys playing chamber music in a variety of venues around the state, and holds the Second Flute position with the Denver Municipal Band, which is the oldest constantly performing professional band of its kind in the country. 


A passionate music educator, Cora is also a Teaching Artist with the Very Young Composers program affiliated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, where she helps provide first-time composition experience to 3rd-5th graders in underserved communities, and then performs their works for the public. She has also coached sectionals for local youth orchestras and band programs, and maintains an active private studio. Cora holds an MA from the Royal Academy of Music and a BM from Ithaca College School of Music. Her primary teachers include Clare Southworth, Paul Edmund Davies, William Bennett, Liz Shuhan, and Dr. Wendy Mehne."


Rachelle Crowell

Secretary

Acclaimed for her glorious sound, placid technique, and demanding stage presence, flutist Rachelle Crowell celebrates a zealous career as a distinguished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony. Ms. Crowell has won the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s T. Gordon Parks Memorial Concerto Competition, and the Colorado Flute Association’s First Annual Collegiate Competition. She has performed as featured soloist with each of these orchestras respectively, and was additionally selected to perform as one of twelve finalists for the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artist Competition. Ms. Crowell is currently working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is a graduate teaching assistant in the flute studio. She holds a Master of Flute Performance from Colorado State University where she was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. Prior to this, she graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned both a Bachelor of Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education.

Gabriela Bliss

Member at Large

Gabriela Bliss is a classically trained flutist who performs works ranging from the Baroque period to contemporary music. Gabriela currently resides in Fort Collins, CO where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Flute performance from Colorado State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute performance from Northern Arizona University. As an avid performer, Gabriela has performed world premieres in both chamber ensembles and large ensembles. Gabriela can be seen performing in the pit orchestra at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, playing piccolo with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, as well as subbing with the Colorado Wind Ensemble.


A much sought after teacher in the Northern Colorado area, Gabriela runs a private flute studio where she teaches beginners to advanced students of any age. She can also been seen coaching sectionals throughout the Poudre and Thompson School districts. Gabriela coached the flute members of the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble at the Denver School of the Arts for the 2013-2014 school year.


Gabriela has traveled to Shenyang, China in 2012 for a Music and Culture Workshop. While at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Gabriela was exposed to the traditional, ethnic music and instruments of China. In 2015, Gabriela traveled to Arcidoso, Italy for the InterHarmony Music Festival, where she performed in chamber ensembles and studied with musicians from around the world. The summer of 2018 took Gabriela to Accra, Ghana where she performed with Azaguno, a West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, directed by Dr. Paschal Yao Younge and Dr. Zelma Badu Younge to celebrate the National Theatre's 25th Anniversary.


Gabriela's primary teachers include Michelle Stanley, Cathy Peterson, and Emily Hoppe. She has also participated in masterclasses with Jeff Zook, Marco Granados, and Eva Amsler.

Allison Gioscia

Member at Large

Allison Gioscia is the Principal Flutist of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Second Flutist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and can often be seen performing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. 

After growing up in Boulder, Allison attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she simultaneously earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and was an adjunct instructor of dance for the UNC Department of Sport and Exercise Science. She then went on to earn a Master of Music in Flute Performance at Ohio University, followed by several years performing across the United States with organizations such as Opera in the Ozarks (Eureka Springs, AR), the Nebraska Theatre Caravan (Omaha, NE), and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (Pittsburgh, PA).

Before returning home to Colorado, Allison spent two years living in Asunción, Paraguay, where she was Principal Flutist of the Orquesta UNINORTE and Professor of Flute at the Universidad Evangélica del Paraguay. 

Allison has performed at several National Flute Association conventions, and has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Asunción, the Orquesta UNINORTE, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.

She currently resides and teaches in Colorado Springs.

Katy Wherry

Member at Large

Katy Wherry is a flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians including LeVar Burton, Sir James Galway, Brook Ferguson and others. Katy has studied with distinguished flute players such as Sir James Galway, Christina Jennings and Brook Ferguson. She received a Masters degree in Flute Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014.


Katy has performed recitals throughout the world, including tours of England and Brazil. She has experience performing with multiple symphony orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.


As a freelance musician and soloist, Katy has been the recipient of many awards. The most recent of which includes the 2017 Galway Rising Star award. At the Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland in 2014 Katy was the winner of a new Haynes head joint. In 2010, she was a winner in the University of Denver’s solo honors competition and also won first prize in the Lakewood Symphony Sister Cities Concerto Competition. Katy performed the Ibert flute concerto as a soloist with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, and travelled to England where she gave recitals throughout the country.


Katy has experience performing multiple styles of music including improvisation, electronic music, Balinese Gamelan and Steel Pan. She recently premiered a piece written for Flute and Balinese Gamelan at MIT with Gamelan Galak Tika and is a featured soloist on the steel drum album “Altered Perception” by Pan Nation.

Katy's passion for teaching has helped her to maintain a studio full of talented flutists, ranging in age from 8 years to 70 years. Her experience with different styles of music as well as years of experience teaching people how to use their computers at the Apple Store, has provided her with a unique ability to cater to a wide variety of learning styles. She was a co founder of the Bel Canto Flute Academy in Colorado, and has taught masterclasses throughout the globe.


Katy is founder of the popular Facebook group Etude of the Week.

Kathryn Eagles

Advisory Member/President Emeritus

Dr. Kathryn Eagles is a flutist and educator from Fairbanks, Alaska. She holds both a BM and MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her primary teachers include Dorli McWayne and Christina Jennings. In addition to her studies at the university, she has 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, and Carol Wincenc.


As an orchestral flutist, Dr. Eagles regularly performs with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Mahlerfest Colorado, and can be heard on the newest live Indigo Girls album, playing second flute and piccolo. Additionally, she held the positions of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra for many years.


An avid chamber musician, Eagles has a profound interest in both contemporary and classical repertoire for the flute. Eagles’s duo, The Midnight Sun Two, is finishing their debut album: From Light to Dark. This album consists of new chamber works for flute and percussion, from composers Emerson Eads (Alaska), Lucus Oikle (Canada), Olivia Kieffer (USA), John Drumheller (USA), Molly Joyce (USA), and Derek Charke (Canada). Additionally, Eagles 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 is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Flute Instructor at Denver Community College, the Parlando School of Musical Arts, and Rocky Ridge Music Academy. Additionally, she maintains an active private studio, teaches chamber music at MSU Denver’s Summer Flute Institute, and served as the interim flute faculty at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Eagles is a certified instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a member of the National Flute Association, and former President of the Colorado Flute Association.