Patricia Surman, Artistic Director
Yamaha Performing Artist and Fulbright Scholar 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. In the spring of 2014, 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 recently joined the Metropolitan State University of Denver 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. Her debut solo album, The American Album (Centaur Records) and her newest release New American: Works for Flute and Piano is published on the AvidSounds label and are both on iTunes.
Jennifer Grim, Flute Artist
Hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim's remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire has gained broad national acclaim. She has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra and has given solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and in China, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Spain.
Ms. Grim has performed as a soloist with the Frost Wind Ensemble, Lviv Philharmonic, Boca Raton Symphonia, Frost Wind Ensemble, UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Summer Music Festival, among others. As a guest artist, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, and the American String Quartet with harpist Nancy Allen. With Zéphyros Winds, Ms. Grim recently performed the American premiere of the Wolfgang Rihm Wind Quintet in New York City at the Music in Midtown Chamber Music Series. The ensemble has also held residencies at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Stanford University, Yale School of Music, San Francisco State University, Brigham Young University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Brandeis University.
An avid baroque flutist, Ms. Grim studied with renowned artists in New York, Boston, and Amsterdam and is a member of Cosmopolitan Baroque. The ensemble has been in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Dixie State College. In demand as a clinician, she has given masterclasses across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music.
In 2012, Ms. Grim founded the UNLV Chamber Music Society, an organization that presents concerts performed by UNLV faculty as well as esteemed chamber ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, Boston Brass, Horszowski Trio, American String Quartet, and many others. She is also a passionate advocate of diversity initiatives in the field of classical music, and has curated concerts featuring African American, Latin American, and Latino composers. Ms. Grim was recently awarded a Provost Research Award from the University of Miami for an upcoming recording project of the works of Valerie Coleman, Alvin Singleton, David Sanford, Allison Loggins-Hull, and Diego Vega. She has also worked with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) National Festival, which invites students from El Sistema inspired programs across the United States to perform in a national youth orchestra performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Grim is currently Associate Professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for twelve years and in 2017 was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award from the UNLV College of Fine Arts. A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. Ms. Grim currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America and is the Program Chair for the National Flute Association 2021 Annual Convention in Washington DC.
Erica Peel, Piccolo Artist
Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer and teacher. A versatile flutist and piccoloist, she is praised for her effortless and authentic performances.
Erica began her orchestral career as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, Omaha Symphony and San Diego Symphony, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Houston Symphony.
Erica has been a first place prizewinner in several competitions including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition, the Florida Flute Association’s Young Artist competition, and the Flute Society of Kentucky's Young Artist Competition. She has been invited to perform and judge at the National Flute Association’s Annual Conventions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2016, and has been a soloist with the Omaha Symphony, the Poconos Youth Orchestra and the Independence Sinfonia. As a chamber musician, Erica has performed with the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Art of Elan.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, Erica discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, latin, world, electro and jazz styles. Performing in these genres, and with audio-visual elements, she has gained a sense of freedom in her playing that has lead her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. Although no longer active, In Sterio released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake” (CD/DVD), available on iTunes and CDbaby.
Erica’s primary studies were with Jill Felber, Christine Nield-Capote, and MaryAnn Archer. Erica performs on a Muramastu flute with McKenna headjoint and a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint. She lives in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband, oboist Jason Sudduth, and their daughter, Avery.
Brook Ferguson, Flute Artist
Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. TheMiami 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.
In 2013, 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, Ecuador 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 is an adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder and was previously adjunct faculty at 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.
Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance and a member of the Oregon Wind Quintet.
She is committed to collaborating with distinguished artists, citizens, and thinkers to create inspiring and culturally unifying experiences on the stage, in communities and in the classroom. As a former member of Carnegie Hall's chamber music collective, Ensemble Connect, Jacqueline collaborated with colleagues in performances at the Weill, Trinity, Subculture, and National Sawdust Concert Series. In contrast to the ensemble’s more traditional performances, Jacqueline has experience leading interactive performances in various community spaces including public schools, correctional facilities, and centers for adults with developmental disabilities. Jacqueline completed her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music studying with Bonita Boyd with an additional certificate in World Music. Her former teachers include: David Cramer, Amy Porter, and Bradley Garner.
Equally at home on the orchestral stage, and as a recipient of the William D. Ford Fulbright Grant, Jacqueline was the first American to study extensively with principal flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic Andreas Blau. Her training in Berlin initiated her success as an orchestral flutist, leading to performances with major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Oregon Symphony.
Katy Wherry is a flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians and give performances around the globe. Katy has studied with distinguished flute players such as Sir James Galway, Lady Jeanne Galway, Brook Ferguson, Michelle Stanley, Alexa Still, Pam Endsley and recently received her Masters degree in Flute Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder under Christina Jennings.
As assistant to Sir James and Lady Galway, Katy travels around the world assisting with masterclasses, concerts and their online lesson series First Flute. She has had the opportunity to perform in many masterclasses for Sir James and receives lessons from both Sir James and Lady Galway.
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 with multiple symphony orchestras, including principal flute of the Colorado Youth Symphony, the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and String Orchestra and as a soloist with the Lakewood Symphony. She is currently a member of the steel drum ensemble Pan Nation, with which she plays both flute and pan. This band performs numerous styles of music, including many original works. She is a featured soloist on their newest EP “Altered Perception”.
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.