UCF Music DepartmentFlute


The flute studio at UCF turns all our flute students into professionals.

The curriculum is designed to encourage development of all aspects of the flutists’ art—instrument technique, physical awareness through Alexander Technique, interpretation of classical and contemporary repertoire, the study of performance styles, and practical approaches to overcoming stage fright and performance anxiety—as well as gaining knowledge of the history of the flute, its construction and acoustics. A fresh and unique curriculum, developed for each student, allows the expression of his or her inner musical voice through the flute and encourages growth as a professional musician. In addition to weekly private lessons, students are offered opportunities to perform as soloists as well as in orchestra, chamber ensembles, master classes, camps, clinics and community events.

Degrees for FLUTE

  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts

Admission and Scholarship Auditions

Audition dates and requirements


UCF Flute Master Series 2018

Faculty Recital: Nora Lee Garcia, Flute

Friday, September 15, 2017 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Camps & Clinics

Flute Boot Camp

June 8-10, 2018

Summer Flute & Piccolo Institute

June 11-15, 2018 and June 18-22, 2018

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Flute Ensembles

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Flute Ensemble

The UCF Flute Choir has performed nationally and internationally.

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Student Profiles

Nicholas Buonanni is finishing up his final semester studying with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia at the University of Central Florida. He will be receiving his Bachelors of Music Performance, Summa Cum Laude, and then continuing to Michigan State University for his Masters of Music with Richard Sherman. Nicholas was the recipient of the prestigious Presser Award and Scholarship and the Founders’ Scholars Award, which is presented to the students in the top one percent of their college. He was selected as performer in the 2013 Florida Flute Fair Advance Master class and the 2012 Mid-South Flute Fair Advanced Master Class. In 2011, Nicholas was the winner of the UCF Concerto Competition, and won first place in the NewME Composition Competition. He has served as principal flute for the UCF Symphony Orchestra since Fall of 2011, and as a member of the Aurelia Flute Quartet was invited to perform at the Powell Flute Factory in Maynard, Massachusetts. Nicholas has had the opportunity to perform in master classes for Carol Wincenc, Richard Sherman, Jean Ferrandis, Linda Chesis, Deirdre McArdle-Manning, Michel Debost, Marianne Gedigian, Aaron Goldman, Rhonda Larson, and Leone Buyse.

Fallyn Dempsey is currently a sophomore pursing degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. She has participated in several university ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Knight Winds. Fallyn Dempsey has just recently been accepted as a participant at the 2011 Oberlin Summer Flute Institute with Michel Debost.

Adriane Hill is a senior music performance major in her final semester at the UCF, studying with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia. Adriane is a member of the Burnett Honors College and a recipient of several scholarships, including the Pegasus Gold Scholar Award, a UCF Music Scholarship, the John R. Quello Memorial Music Scholarship, the Opera Club of the Villages Schwartz Music Scholarship, and the Winter Park Musicale Scholarship. Adriane was a 2010 Team Leader for the Burnett Honors College Symposium course and has served as the President of the Flute Club at UCF for the past four years. In 2011, Adriane performed as soloist with the UCF Wind Ensemble as the winner of the 2010 UCF Concerto Aria Competition. Adriane has served as principal flute in the UCF Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and has performed with the UCF Chamber and Opera Orchestras, as well as the UCF Woodwind Quintet. Adriane performed with the UCF Knight Winds at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention and in 2012 with the Aurelia Flutes at the Powell Flutes Factory in Maynard, MA. She has performed in master classes for Jill Felber, Carol Wincenc, Linda Chesis, Richard Sherman, Jean Ferrandis, Marianne Gedigian, Aaron Goldman, Bonita Boyd, Renee Krimsier, Leone Buyse, Linda Toote, Gary Schocker, and Tadeu Coelho. Adriane has performed as a finalist in the Florida Flute Association’s High School and College Young Artist Competitions, and was selected as the third prize winner for the 2013 Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition. This fall, Adriane will begin her Masters of Music with Jill Felber at the University of California Santa Barbara on a full teaching assistantship and fellowship.

Stephanie Hoeckley is a senior Music Performance Major, studying with Dr. Nora Lee García-Velázquez for 3 years. She has performed in masterclasses for Gary Schocker, Aaron Goldman, Leone Buyse, and Marianne Gediegan. Stephanie has been a finalist in the Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition and the 2010 UCF Concerto Competition. She was a recipient of the Jesse Stone Music Scholarship upon beginning to study at UCF and has been a member of the UCF Wind Ensemble, Knight Winds, Flute Choir, and the UCF Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Florida and National Flute Associations and College Music Educators National Conference (CMENC).

Alyssa Kimpel's current majors include Music Performance and Psychology, and she is a member of the Burnett Honors College. She has been a member of the UCF Knight Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Alyssa received the honors of performing with the Florida All-State band on flute in 2007, 2008, and 2010, as well as performing with the Orange County All-County band on flute and piccolo from 2006-2010. In 2008, she took 3rd place in the YouTube Brio Flute Competition, sponsored by banddirector.com. She has also performed in the 11th-12th grade senior master class with Dr. Nora Lee García-Velázquez in the Florida Flute Fair in 2010, and the 8th grade junior master class at the Florida Flute Fair in 2006 with Paige Long. During high school, she earned straight superiors in solo and ensemble festivals at the district and the state levels, and received the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, along with various awards for excellence within the school's band program. Recently, she earned the UCF Gale Sperry Music Scholarship, and a spot at the 2011 Oberlin Summer Flute Institute with Michel Debost.

Kate Nichols is a junior in the UCF Flute Studio, pursuing a degree in Music Performance. At UCF, she has held the principal flute position in both the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra, and she has participated as a member of the UCF Knight Winds, the UCF Flute Choir, the UCF Flute quartet, and the UCF String Ensemble. She is a student in the Burnett Honors College and a recipient of the Pegasus Gold Scholarship and a UCF Music Scholarship. She currently holds the vice president position in the Flute Club at UCF. Kate has performed in masterclasses taught by Merrie Siegel, Leon Buyse, and Marianne Gedigian, has been chosen as an alternate for the Florida Flute Association College Young Artist Competition, and has performed as a finalist in the UCF Concerto Competition and the UCF Performance Excellence Award Competition. Most recently, Kate has been selected as a performer in the Aria summer music camp.

Amber Sheppard entered UCF in 2009 as a Music Performance major. She is currently a junior and has participated in various ensembles such as the UCF Concert Band, UCF Wind Ensemble, UCF Orchestra, Knight Winds, Flute Choir, and Flute Quartet. Amber is a part of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and has received the President’s, as well as the Dean’s Award. She also had the pleasure to participate and perform in Master Classes twice with Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, once with Marianne Gedigian, and will be attending Gary Schocker’s Master Classes over summer.

Anielka Silva is a senior at UCF, studying with Dr. Nora Lee García-Velázquez and pursuing her Bachelor of Music Education and Music Performance degrees. While at UCF, she has participated in the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, NewME Ensemble, Flute Choir, Knight Winds Ensemble, and Women’s Choir. She has also participated in master classes with Gary Schocker, Leone Buyse, and Marianne Gedigian. During her second year at UCF, Anielka received the Jack W. Williams Scholarship in Music Education. In 2010, she was a finalist in the Aria Concerto Competition. She is also a member of CMENC and was the 2010-2011 Parliamentarian/Historian officer. She is also the Secretary for the UCF Flute Club. Anielka has a great passion for music, and she hopes to teach children and keep a private flute studio one day.

Ariana Stark is an incoming music performance major at UCF. She is a UCF Pegasus Bronze Scholar Recipient and a Burnett Honors College Student. She is a graduate of St. Augustine High School where she received the Semper Fidelis Marine Corp Award for Musical Excellence, the St. John’s County Young Artists Competition Award, and numerous high schoolawards.  She earned superior rating in her solo performance at the district and state level and was selected to participate in the Florida Flute Festival High School Honors Flute Choir. She has attended the UCF International Flute Institute for the previous four summers. She played with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony for 3 years.  The summer of 2010, she attended the New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival under the direction of Paige Dasher Long. For the 2010-2011 school year, she has been attending school in Szolnok, Hungary as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and studied flute performance at the Bartok Béla Zeneiskola (Béla Bartok Music School).

Kimberly Zipoli is a senior studying Music Education and Music Performance. She has been apart of the flute studio since her freshman year in 2008 and is now the Treasurer of the Flute Club. She has also participated in the Marching Knights and was Piccolo Staff in 2009. Kimberly has been apart of the Flute Choir and KnightWinds since her freshman year and performed at St. Luke’s Cathedral, Bach’s Luncheon, UCF’s 6th Annual Latin American Festival, FMEA in 2010, Florida Flute Fair 2009/2010 and local high schools. In addition, she has been apart of the UCF Wind Ensemble Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. She is a member of Zeta Tau chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Professional Women’s Music Fraternity and was the Vice President of Membership in 2010-2011. She is also a member of UCF’s CMENC organization and currently holds the position of Parliamentarian/Historian. Furthermore, Kimberly has performed in Master Classes for Marianne Gedigian, Christine Smith, Merrie Siegel and Gary Schocker.

Jazz Zantay began playing the flute when she was 6 years old, studying with her father, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. She graduated from Ridgefield High School where she was awarded a music scholarship, attended Manhattan School of Music Precollege her Senior year, and was Principal Flutist of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. A highlight of Jazz’s High School Career was in 2007, when she toured Vienna and Salzburg as Principal Flutist of the Ridgefield Youth Symphony Orchestra and played at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2009, Jazz was a performer at the Oberlin Flute Institute with Michel Debost and the following year was a performer at the ARIA Music Camp, where she performed for Amy Porter as well as attended a Trevor Wye Masterclass. Jazz attended Boston University, where she was a member of the BU Wind Ensemble, and Principal Flutist of the All Campus Orchestra. This fall Jazz will be attending the University of Central Florida, where she will be studying Music Performance and Digital Media.

Flute Studio


Nobuko Araki, BM in Music Performance (UCF) 2003. Nobuko was a very active student. She performed in masterclasses with Paul Edmund Davis, Bonita Boyd, Mary Karen Clardy, Bernard Goldberg, Donald Peck, Michel Debost, James Galway and Hubert Laws. She is a very active flute teacher in Tokyo, Japan and chamber music player.

Elam Ashman won first prize in the Florida Flute Fair High School Young Artist 1999 and BSO Young Artist Competition 1998. Elam was the winner of the Concerto Competition 2003 playing the Griffes Poem. He also was alternate at the College Young Artist Competition 2003 at the Florida Flute Fair. Elam performed the Stamitz Concerto in G with the UCF orchestra in 2003. Elam won a scholarship to go to MIT to work with composition students. He was a composition student of Dr. Stella Sung. He performed masterclasses with Bonita Boyd, Mary Karen Clardy, Bernard Goldberg, Donald Peck, Michel Debost, James Galway and Hubert Laws.

Reyes Berrios, BM in Music Performance (UCF) 2000 and Master Degree in Flute (UNT) 2003. Reyes is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Musicology with Performance as Related Field at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. He was the chair of the "Politics of Aesthetics" for the 2004 Renaissance Conference sponsored by the South-Central Renaissance Conference in Austin, Texas. This was recommended by Dr. Lester Brothers, chair of the Musicology and Theory Division at UNT. Reyes Berrios also performed at the National Flute Association Dallas Convention in a master class for Michel Debost and other master classes with Bonita Boyd (Flute Professor at Eastman School of Music) Mary Karen Clardy (Flute Professor at North Texas), Bernard Goldberg (Former principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Brooklyn College Flute Professor). He has performed at the Florida Flute Fair with the UCF Flute Quartet and played in various places included Puerto Rico, and France. He also studied abroad with the UCF Music Program at Moulin D'Ande.

Kelly Crotts, BM in Music Performance (UCF) 1999 and Master of Music in Education from Southern Methodist University in Texas 2001. Kelly was a teaching assistant at Southern Methodist University and recently an adjunct professor in flute at Jacksonville State University, Alabama. Kelly performed at the Florida Flute Fair twice and participated at the Tri State Festival in Tallahassee Florida. She also went abroadwith the UCF Music Program at Moulin d'Ande, France. She played master classes with Paul Edmund Davis, (Principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra) Mary Karen Clardy, and Bernard Goldberg.

Linda Hypes graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Education in December 2004. Linda performed four times at the National Flute Association. She performed with the Professional Flute Choir, and she played a master class with Michel Debost in Dallas. She also performed a Masters Degree Recital and played master classes with Paul Edmund Davis, Mary Karen Clardy, James Galway, Martha Rearick, and Kim McCormick.

Rebecca auf dem Kampe, BM in Music Performance from UCF (2003) graduated from the Honor's College with Honors. Rebecca won the Quello Award in 2002. She had the highest scholarship offered to any music student, The Richard Weatherill Scholarschip that covers full tuition, board and books. Rebecca was UCF Concerto Competition winner 2002 playing the Ibert Flute Concerto. She performed the Cimarosa Concerto for two flutes as a soloist with the UCF Orchestra. She performed master classes with Paul Edmund Davis, Bonita Boyd, Mary Karen Clardy, Bernard Goldberg, Donald Peck, and Michel Debost.

Melissa King, BME in music education (UCF)2005. Melissa recently became the Band Director of Howard Middle School in Orlando. She performed various master classes for Bernard Goldberg, Michel Debost, James Galway.

Holly Kowalski: A very active music education student, Holly worked with the Downtown String program and recently she became part of the Orientation Team at UCF. This very selective team is comprised of students with high leadership and academic skills. She is the first music student to make this team. She performed master classes for Mary Karen Clardy, Bernard Goldberg, Michel Debost, James Galway, Hubert Laws, Martha Rearick and Kim McCormick.

Ashley Mudge received her Masters of Arts in Music from UCF (2010) under the instruction of Dr. Nora Lee García-Velázquez. She is currently the adjunct flute instructor at Seminole State College. As a flutist she has performed at the National Flute Convention, the Florida Flute Association Convention and in countries like Italy, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Marysol Quevedo, BM in Music Performance (UCF) 2005 and UCF Dean's list and president Hitt's honor roll. Marysol won the Gale Sperry Memorial Scholarship in 2003 and the Presser Award in 2004, the highest award given by the Music Department for the highest GPA and excellence in music. Marysol is a Ph.d student at Indiana University studying Musicology and recipient of a Music Scholarship that was given to only 2 students. She gave her senior recital in spring 2005 and junior recital in spring 2004. She performed master classes with Mary Karen Clardy, Bernard Goldberg, James Galway, and Hubert Laws.

Staff Sergeant Megan Szymanski joined the West Point Band in March of 2011. Prior her arrival, she lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Staff Sgt. Szymanski earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from The University of Central Florida in 2008 studied with Dr. Nora Lee García-Velázquez. She was a recipient of the Presser Scholar Award. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she won the concerto competition in 2009, as well as an award for excellence as a studio teaching assistant in Tadeu Coelho’s flute studio. She was the 2008 winner of the Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition and has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

Julie Troum graduated with a Masters in Education at UCF in 2005. She was an Adjunct Instructor in 2004 at the University of Central Florida, teaching "Music in the Elementary School." She won the McGeoch Graduate Award in 2004. She is a Ph.d student at the University of South Florida. She performed various master classes with Donald Peck, Mary Karen Clardy, and Kathy Chastain.

Guest Artists

  • Bonita Boyd
  • Leone Buyse
  • Kathy Chastain
  • Mary Karen Clardy
  • Tadeu Coelho
  • Paul Edmund Davis
  • Michel Debost
  • Robert Dick
  • James Galway
  • Marianne Gedigian
  • Bernard Goldberg
  • Aaron Goldman
  • Luis Alfredo Gonzalez
  • Skip Healy
  • Hernan Jara
  • Jeffrey Kahner
  • Hubert Laws
  • Phillip Moll
  • Ali Ryerson
  • Gary Schocker
  • Merrie Siegel
  • Mimi Stillman
  • Ransom Wilson
  • Carol Wincenc
Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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