Eva Amsler Associate Professor of Flute at Florida State University, previously served on the faculty of the State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch (Austria) since 1982, teaching flute, pedagogy, and chamber music. She also conducts master classes in Europe, the United States, and Asia. In addition, Ms. Amsler was a member of the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) for twenty years. A pioneer on the wooden flute, she organized a worldwide series of concerts with The Dorian Consort, and she has played various flutes in specially created concerts of new music with the ensemble ENIF - aktuelle Music. Her concert activity as soloist and chamber musician has brought her together with performers such as Aurele Nicolet, Barbara Schlick, and the Carmina Quartet. Ms. Amsler's CD recordings have been released on the Ambitus and Cavalli labels, and her performances have been broadcast in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia and the United States
Described as a virtuoso flutist by the Boston Globe, Alberto Almarza brings a unique and passionate approach to music. A native of Chile, Mr. Almarza previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. He currently serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon as Associate Professor of Flute and Head of the Flute Department. His skills as a pedagogue, lecturer and recitalist have led to invitations from international festivals in the U.S., Europe, Korea and Latin America. He was a resident artist and member of the faculty at The Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Classes, and has served at the National Flute Association Advisory Board for New Music and the Professional and Artistic Development Committee. Mr. Almarza has appeared as soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Memphis Symphony, BachFest Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonic, National Symphony and National Chamber Orchestras of Chile. As a leading proponent of new music for the flute, Mr. Almarza has been instrumental in expanding the repertoire with numerous commissions and premieres of works by composers from around the world. Pieces written for him include four flute concertos and dozens of solo and chamber works.
First Prizewinner of England's International Electric Music Performance Competition and recipient of a Classical Recording Foundation Award, Jan Vinci has performed in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls and for events such as the Blossom Festival, ICMC in The Netherlands, Electric Music Festival in England and Killington Music Festival. She is often the featured artist for flute club festivals and performs for NFA conventions. Vinci recorded 4 CD's on Albany Records. As an avid proponent of new works, Vinci’s recent projects include Pulitzer Prize winner Long Zhou’s “Confluence for solo flute” (as part of the Flute New Music Consortium), Carleton Macy's "Autumn Sky: Fantasy for flute and concert band," and Tom Stoneman’s “A Day in the Life for flute, hip-hop artist and electronics.” Vinci earned a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, M.M. from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and B.M. from Bowling Green State University, studying with Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Maurice Sharp and Judith Bentley. Vinci is Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College and often teaches master classes at colleges and for flute festivals.
Shelley Martinson, President
FNMC founder Shelley Martinson joined the faculty of Southwestern Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor of Music, Flute in September 2013. An active performer and scholar, Martinson has appeared as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician throughout the United States and has premiered more than a dozen works featuring the flute. Her doctoral treatise was winner of the 2014 National Flute Association Graduate Research Competition. Martinson earned her Doctorate of Music in flute performance with a certificate in World Music from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in flute performance and music history from the University of Akron, and Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma Flute Society and is an active member of the NFA's Career and Artistic Development Committee. www.shelleymartinson.com
Elizabeth Robinson, Vice President
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson teaches music appreciation at Kansas State University. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University, as well as a Master of Music from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University. Her major instructors have included Dr. Mihoko Watanabe and Linda Lukas (San Francisco Symphony).At Drake University, Dr. Robinson was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and the Marie Mountain Clarke Flute Scholarship. Her dissertation, Voice, Itinerant, and Air:The Solo Flute Works of Toru Takemitsu, won the 2012 NFA Graduate Research Competition and was presented at the 2012 NFA Convention. www.robinsonflute.com
Nicole Riner, Membership & Communication
Praised for her "luscious, full sound" (American Record Guide) and "effortless precision" (Flutist Quarterly), flutist Nicole Riner currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wyoming, where she teaches flute and chamber music. Nicole has commissioned and premiered new works by numerous composers as a solo artist and with her chamber group, Verismo Trio. Her live performances have been broadcast on Interlochen (MI) Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and Colorado Public Radio, where she had a recurring role as both writer and performer in the short-lived series, Telling Stories. She has also recorded for the Centaur, ACA, and Albany record labels. Nicole holds flute performance degrees from Indiana University (DM), Michigan State University, (MM), and University of Illinois (BM). www.nicoleriner.info.
Ashley Shank, Grants & Finances
Ashley Shank is an active performer, teacher, scholar, and arts administrator. Dr. Shank joined the faculty of Lycoming College in the fall of 2014 where she teaches applied flute and flute ensemble. Dr. Shank earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA: flute performance), The University of Akron (MM: flute performance and MM: music history and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS: music education). Shank has premiered several solo and chamber works for flute and, in conjunction with her primary area of research, is an advocate for little known works by Russian and Soviet composers. Her doctoral thesis A Handbook of Solo and Chamber Music for the Flute by Composers from Russian and the Former Soviet Republics was the winner of the 2015 National Flute Association Graduate Research Competition. http://ashleyshankflute.weebly.com/
Ai Yamaguchi, Visual and Multimedia Communications Chair
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ai Yamaguchi is a doctoral candidate in flute performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from University of Southern Mississippi where she has been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Yamaguchi is principal flute of the Urbana Pops Orchestra in 2014 and subs regularly with Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and Indiana State University Regali Faculty Chamber Winds and Strings. Ms. Yamaguchi has been also selected as a second flutist in the Gulf Coast Symphony during 2008-2010 season in Mississippi and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Her principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Dr, Danilo Mezzadri, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, and Dr. Leslie Goldman Maaser.
Brittany Trotter, Corporate Sponsors Chair
Brittany Trotter is a first year DMA student at West Virginia University, where she is studying flute performance with Professor Nina Assimakopoulos. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming where he has been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and a bachelors of performance and music education from the University of Southern Mississippi.Her principal teachers includes Professor Assimakopoulos, Dr. Nicole Riner, and Dr. Danilo Mezzadri.