Flutist John McMurtery enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, ensemble performer, orchestral musician and teacher. 2002 marked McMurtery's debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the eclectic ensemble UpTown Flutes. Mr. McMurtery has given countless premieres by renowned composers such as Sean Hickey, Jackson Hill, and Edward Taylor.
David Wechsler is the founder and music director of the OMNI Ensemble. He is the principal flutist and personnel manager of the Connecticut Grand Opera, and the second flutist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Mr. Wechsler has played principal flute and various other chairs with many groups, including the Key West Symphony, Discovery Orchestra, New York Pops, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York Grand Opera, Westchester Philharmonic, and Long Island Philharmonic.
Jayn Rosenfeld, flutist and executive director of the New York New Music Ensemble, also plays with the International Society of Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Richardson Players at Princeton University, the Washington Square Chamber Players, and is first flutist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
First-prize winner of England's International Music Performance Competition, Jan Vinci has performed at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Symphony Space, and at the Blossom Festival, the International Computer Music Conference in the Netherlands, the Electric Music Festival in England, Killington Music Festival, the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College, and several National Flute Association conventions.
A recent performance for Patricia Spencer was her New York premiere of Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto, in Alice Tully Hall with the Mannes Orchestra conducted by David Hayes. She has always been a trailblazer: in a March 2011 Merkin Concert Hall recital, she gave the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Bijou, a theatrical work for which she was joined by bass clarinetist Lisa Preimesberger, along with the world premiere (revised version) of Shirish Korde’s Lalit, written for her and tabla player Samir Chatterjee.
Rie Schmidt teaches flute at the 92nd Street Y, the Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, and the Suzuki Music School in Westport, Connecticut. In 1983, she gave her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a winner of the Artists International Competition.
Sue Ann Kahn
Sue Ann Kahn was honored with one of the first Solo Recitalist Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and received the American New Music Consortium Award for distinguished performances of contemporary music. She continues to champion new music, and American composers as diverse as George Crumb, Harvey Sollberger, Ralph Shapey, and Peter Schickele have written works for her.