Colorado Flute Association

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

Kathryn Eagles 

President

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.


Dr. Eagles also 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 both the Parlando School of Musical Arts and Rocky Ridge Music Academy. In addition, she maintains an active private studio, teaches chamber music at MSU Denver’s Summer Flute Institute, and is the program director for the Denver Community Music Academy at the Denver School of the Arts. Eagles is a certified instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a member of the National Flute Association, and currently, she is the President of the Colorado Flute Association.


Michael Williams 

Vice President and Membership Coordinator

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “sweet but potent birdsong,” Denver native Michael Williams joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute for their 2017-2018 season. He has performed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Lexington Philharmonic, including performances as guest principal, as well as engagements 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 in San Francisco. Michael is an active teacher in the Denver area and has an enthusiastic group of private students ranging in all ages and levels. He is a Practicing Artist at his alma mater the Denver School of the Arts and has performed with the Up Close and Musical Chamber Orchestra for their 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. Michael studied with Thomas Robertello, Tim Day, Catherine Payne, and Alexa Still.


In addition to his performance activities Michael is 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, Colorado Symphony, and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. During his time in these positions Michael gained experience in donor solicitation and retention, event planning, database management, and marketing and sales.


Tess Halonen

Secretary

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.

Jane Sandstrom

Treasurer

Jane moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 from Fairbanks Alaska, where she played in a variety of groups: the symphony, opera and musical theatre orchestras, and the Fairbanks Flutists. She has served arts organizations as Assistant to the Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and board member for Opera Fairbanks, the Summer Arts Festival, 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. In addition to her work in Alaska, Jane has attended and played at NFA and CFA conventions, UC-Boulder’s Once/Always A Flutist Festival, and in her Colorado Springs community with the Little London Winds, Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, Pikes Peak Flute Choir, and productions by Village Seven Arts and Sunrise Players. By day, Jane is a teacher in the Monument public-school system.

 

Brook Ferguson

Member-At-Large

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.


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.

Particia Surman

Member-At-Large

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.


Patricia joined the Metropolitan State University of Denver music faculty as Assistant Professor of Flute and Director of Woodwind Studies and has previously taught at Northeastern State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Southwestern Adventist University and has held residencies at Bates College and the Taipei Municipal University of Education. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choralworks CD series.

Cora Crisman

Member-At-Large

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."