THE 36TH ANNUAL COMPETITION
2016

ANNIE WU
FIRST PLACE WINNER, JAMES PAPPOUTSAKIS MEMORIAL PRIZE

 

 

Born in 1996, flutist Annie Wu of Pleasanton, California joined the roster of Astral Artists as a winner of their 2015 National Auditions. She first received national recognition at the age of fifteen when she won First Prize in the National Flute Association’s 2011 High School Soloist Competition, becoming the youngest First Prize winner in the NFA’s history. Upon graduating high school in 2014, Annie became a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts after being named a winner in the Classical Music division of the National YoungArts Foundation’s 2014 Competition. Annie is also a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, as well as an active substitute with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. A frequent soloist, Annie has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Livermore Amador Symphony, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Vienna International Orchestra, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Over her summers, she has attended the 2015 Music Academy of West and the 2014 and 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Annie’s previous teachers include Isabelle Chapuis, Esther Landau, and Shao-Jiang Huang. Annie is a sophomore in the 5-year dual degree program between Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studies with flutist Paula Robison. 

HAYLEY MILLER
SECOND PLACE WINNER, WILLIAM H. GRASS MEMORIAL PRIZE


THE 35th ANNUAL COMPETITION
2015

 

Allison Parramore
FIRST PLACE WINNER, JAMES PAPPOUTSAKIS MEMORIAL PRIZE

 

35th Annual James Pappoutsakis Competition winner Allison Parramore enjoys a flourishing career as a solo, ensemble, and chamber musician in the Boston area. She is a student of the Boston Lyric Opera’s principal flutist, Linda Toote and takes lessons with the Boston Symphony’s principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe. In 2014 Ms. Parramore attended the Brevard Music Festival as a student of Marianne Gedigian, and this summer she will perform on the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Parramore also recently performed in recital with Linda Toote at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has performed under conductors such as, Benjamin Zander, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Matthias Bamert, Ken Lam, Danail Rachev, Sarah Ioannides, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Stefan Asbury. 
She is a founding member of Hathor Winds, a Boston-based wind quintet who were quarter-finalists in the 2015 National Fischoff Chamber Competition, and semi-finalists in the 2015 Plowman Chamber Competition and the 2015 Astral Artists’ Audition Tour. Ms. Parramore has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and is a core member of the Equilibrium New Music concert series. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Rhode Island where she won the Kingston Chamber Music Award, the Presser Scholarship, and the 2010 Concerto Competition as a student of Susan Thomas. She earned her Master of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory where she is currently pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma as a student of Linda Toote. Ms. Parramore can be heard performing on the Albany and Tzadik recording labels. 

 
 

Bi-Le Zhang
SECOND PLACE WINNER, WILLIAM H. GRASS MEMORIAL PRIZE

 

THE 34th ANNUAL COMPETITION
2014

 

Adrian Sanborn
FIRST PLACE WINNER, JAMES PAPPOUTSAKIS MEMORIAL PRIZE

 

 

Flutist Adrian Sanborn is acclaimed for his versatility as a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. He is the first prize winner of the 34th Annual Pappoutsakis Competition, a finalist in the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition, and a 2014-15 New World Symphony finalist. As a 2013 Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and member of the New England Conservatory Philharmonia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Adrian has played under numerous world-class conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck, Charles Dutoit, Stéphane Denève, Hugh Wolff, and Stefan Asbury. Adrian has performed chamber music regularly in Jordan Hall as the flutist of the Philharmonic Five wind quintet, twice winners of the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition, and with the Borromeo String Quartet as a recipient of their Guest Artist Award.


In 2014, Adrian completed his Masters degree at New England Conservatory in the studio of Paula Robison. He previously graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science. Outside of the flute, he works on biophysics research at the Center for Genome Architecture and enjoys ballroom dancing and yoga.


 

alex conway
SECOND PLACE WINNER, WILLIAM H. GRASS MEMORIAL PRIZE

 

The 33rd Annual Competition
2013

 
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Thomas James Wible
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

 

Thomas James Wible has been a concerto soloist throughout the USA and Europe, including appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest, Hungary; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Miami, FL. He gave his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in October of 2011.

Recent awards include First Prize Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, First Prize Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, Second Prize New York Flute Club Competition, Second Prize NFA Piccolo Young Artist Competition, and Semi-Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest artist at the International Festival of Music in Santa Fiora, Italy. Thomas performs regularly with the Boston Harp Trio and is currently Principal Flutist of the Haffner Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. He currently holds a fellowship in the Artist Diploma Program at Boston University's College of Fine Arts as a pupil of Ms. Geralyn Coticone.

 

Min Kyun Kim
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 32nd Annual Competition
2012

 

 
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Jisun Oh
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Twenty-year-old flutist Jisun Oh started to play the flute at the age of 11 and piano at the age of 4. She won numerous competitions such as the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competitions, Kiwanis Music Festival, and Ontario Music Festival(OMFA). In the summer of 2008, she was the youngest wind finalist of the National Music Festival (Federations of Canadian Music Festivals).  Jisun also appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Sinfonietta, Kichener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Academy Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of the Music. Past few summers, she attended Banff Music Festival ,the Orford Music Festival and Domaine Forget where she studied with Emmanuel Pahud,Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Mattieu Dufour and Tara O’Connor. While studying in Toronto, she part of Royal Conservatory of Music’s Young Artists Performance Program where she studied with Julie Ranti. Jisun is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree of Music at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Renee Krimsier.

 

Bethanne Walker
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 31st Annual Competition
2011

 
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Christina Hughes
First Place Winner, James Pap
poutsakis Memorial Prize

Christina Hughes is currently a senior at New England Conservatory in the flute studio of Fenwick Smith. She previously attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a student of Bart Feller from 2005-2008, where she was one of ten to receive an award of excellence upon graduating. She has also studied with Wendy Stern, Susan Rotholz, and Sookyung Park. A native of the Tri-State Area, Christina participated in the New York Youth Symphony from 2005-2007 as well as their chamber music program, performing in Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall. She was also selected as principal flute of the Honors Orchestra at the MENC All-Eastern Music Festival in 2007. In January 2008, Christina was a youngARTS finalist in Music for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ youngARTS week, and was also a semi-finalist to be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Christina was a member of the Honors Wind Quintet coached by John Heiss at the New England Conservatory for the 2009-2011 school years, performing recitals in Jordan Hall in the Spring of 2010 and 2011. In December 2010, she participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and this past summer she attended the Sarasota Music Festival. Christina has additionally performed in master classes taught by Paula Robison, John Heiss, Carol Wincenc, Thomas Robertello, Leone Buyse and Jim Walker.

 

Hyunjung Kwon
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 30th Annual Competition
2010

 
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Caitlyn Perry
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Caitlyn Perry is a graduate of the Boston University School of Music, where she earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance while studying with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Boston, Ms. Perry studied with Warren Little and Carl Hall, both of the Atlanta Symphony. She has won numerous prestigious awards including a scholarship from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2002, the William H. Grass Memorial Prize in the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in February 2006 and the Boston Woodwind Society's Flute Merit Award in April of 2006. Currently, Ms. Perry is pursuing two Master’s Degrees at Boston University in Flute Performance and Music Education, and studying flute with John Heiss.


Youngji Ahn
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize


The 29th Annual Competition
2009

 

 
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Seth Allyn Morris
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Kentucky native Seth Allyn Morris has gained recognition as a prominent young American flutist, most recently as the winner of the 29th annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. He has made concerto appearances with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and at the Bay View Music Festival, won first place in the 2006 Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Artist Competition, and is the recipient of the O. Helton Memorial Acres Scholarship and Mildred Lewis Music Education Scholarship. Seth has performed with the UKSO on albums with folk artist Arlo Guthrie and on the Naxos label.

In 2008, Seth founded the Tamino Duo with fellow flutist Benjamin Smolen; they have since been featured in the Boston Globe, on Cambridge Community Television, and on WGBH-Boston with flutist Fenwick Smith. Seth has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Callithumpian Consort, the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, and the Discovery Ensemble, of which he was a founding flutist. During the summers, he has attended the 2006 Bay View Music Festival and the 2009 American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.

Seth holds a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paula Robison and Fenwick Smith, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the University of Kentucky under Gordon Cole. Currently, Seth is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance at the University of Michigan studying with Amy Porter and serving as the Graduate Student Instructor for the flute studio.

 

Tayeon Kim
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

 

THE 28TH ANNUAL COMPETITION
2008

 
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Benjamin Smolen
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Benjamin Smolen began his flute studies at the age of ten with Jennifer Dior in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a flutist, he has received the Luski-Gorelick Merit Scholarship, Marie Rowe Memorial Scholarship, Thornburg Merit Scholarship, Symphony Guild of Charlotte Merit Scholarship, and a 2007 Boston Woodwind Society Merit Award. Benjamin won First Prize in the Symphony Guild of Charlotte Young Artist Competition in 2000 and 2003, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2002, the Gardner-Webb Concerto Competition in 2002, and the Princeton University Concerto Competition in 2007, each of which resulted in solo concerto performances. In 2001, he was featured on the National Public Radio show From the Top. Most recently, Benjamin won First Prize in both the 2007 Haynes International Flute Competition and the 28th Annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and Second Prize in the New York Flute Club's Young Artist Competition, for which he collectively won a handmade 14K gold flute and recital debuts in New York and Boston.

Benjamin graduated from the Music and Slavic departments at Princeton University in 2007, where he served for four years as co-principal flutist of the Princeton University Orchestra. While at Princeton, he studied flute with Jayn Rosenfeld and Michael Parloff. Benjamin is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance at the New England Conservatory, where he studies with Paula Robison.
   

Robert Myers
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 27th Annual Competition

2007

 

 
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Ona Jonaityte
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Ona Jonaityte has won several competitions including 1st prize at the 27th James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition (Boston, 2007), YAMAHA Woodwind Competition (Lithuania, 2006), The International Juodkrante Flute Competition (Lithuania, 2005), 3rd prize at the XXIX Scecinik Young Performers Competition (Poland, 2000). Recently the Greater Boston Flute Association announced Ms. Jonaityte as their New Horizon’s Artist’07 which recognizes exceptional talent, poise, and drive, as well as technical achievement and the ability to communicate a devotion to flute music through performance.

Ms. Jonaityte participated in the master classes of William Bennett, Gerard Bourgogne, Fernando Brandau, Denis Bouriakov, Barbara Giesler-Haase, John Heiss, Eduard Brunner and Klaus Thunemann. She performed with The Vilnius University Chamber Music Ensemble, Musica Humana, Vilnius State Quartet, and The Lithuanian National Opera - Ballet Theater. Before coming to The United States Ona has toured in France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, and Spain.

Ms. Jonaityte is currently working toward an Artists Diploma at The Boston Conservatory where she has already obtained a Graduate Performance Diploma. She will be studying with Linda Toote. In 2004 Ona studied in France at The Lyon National Conservatory of Music and Dance with Professor Philippe Bernold and Emannuelle Reville. In 2006 she graduated from The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater with a Masters in Performance and Teaching.

 

Thomas J. Wible, Erin Hunt, Sungwoo Stevens Kim
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 26th Annual Competition

2006

 
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Nicole Millner
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Nicole Millner began her musical studies at a young age and always had a passion for orchestral music. Growing up in Minnesota, she studied with Wendy Williams and Julia Bogorad with occasional lessons with Adam Kuenzel. She spent a semester of high school studying at a Gymnasium in Austria and taking flute lessons with Raphael Leone in Vienna. When she returned to the States for her senior year, she studied part-time at the University of Minnesota with Immanuel Davis. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Boston University cum laude in 2006 after studying with Marianne Gedigian, Elizabeth Ostling and Geralyn Coticone. After her senior year at Boston University in the studio of Geralyn Coticone, Nicole decided to remain in Boston for further studies with Ms. Coticone and completed her Master's Degree at the Boston Conservatory. She received her degree in May 2008 and has since returned home to the Twin Cities in Minnesota where she freelances and pursues an orchestral career.

 

Caitlyn Perry
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 25th Annual Competition

2005

 
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Heather Zenobia
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Heather Zenobia earned her Master of Music degree with honors at New England Conservatory in 2006 and received her Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2001. Before joining “The President's Own” United States Marine Band in 2006, Heather served as co-principal of the Hingham Symphony, where she was also a soloist. She received partial fellowships for the Tanglewood Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. Heather also attended the National Repertory Orchestra festival where she competed for and won the opportunity to perform Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp. She won first prize in the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and was an alternate for the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Her past teachers include Elizabeth Rowe, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Joshua Smith.

 

None Awarded
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

 

The 24th Annual Competition

2004

 
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Sarah Paysnick
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Sarah Paysnick, a native of Longmeadow, MA, won the Pappoutsakis Competition when she was studying at BU with Marianne Gedigian.  She completed her Masters with Ms. Gedigian at UT Austin and has since returned to Boston and dedicated herself to historical performance.  In 2009, Sarah won the NFA Baroque Artist Competition and was a semi-finalist in 2007.  She freelances in the Boston area with Musical Offering, Grand Harmonie, Arcadia Players, and Harvard Baroque, where she frequently appears as guest soloist.  In 2013 she released her first CD, CPEB: The Piano Quartets, with Musical Offering.

 

Dawn Weithe
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 23rd Annual Competition

2003

 
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Alicia Paulsen
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, originally from Stoneham, MA, holds performance degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Hartt School, where she studied with Fenwick Smith and John Wion. A former member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, Alicia was awarded two Tanglewood fellowships and also participated in the Aspen and Norfolk music festivals. She was the first prize winner of the 1999 Frank Bowen and 2005 Mid-South Young Artist competitions; in 2006, she placed third in the NFA Young Artist Competition. As a freelancer in Boston, she was a member of Boston Musica Viva and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and frequently performed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony and BMOP. Currently, Alicia is the assistant principal flutist with the Oregon Symphony.

 

Sooyun Kim
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

 

The 22nd Annual Competition

2002

 
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Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo is the principal flutist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestraand teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University. She won Third Prize and the award for the Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work in the 2007 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in addition to the first prizes at the 2006 Byron Hester Flute Competition, 2002 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and the 1998 Flute Festival Mid-South Young Artist Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where she studied with Thomas Robertello and a Master of Music degree from Boston University where she studied with Marianne Gedigian. She has also studied extensively with Jill Felber privately and at the Cincinnati Flute Symposium and Flute Focus seminars. She performs regularly with guitarist and husband Nicholas Ciraldo in the Ciraldo Duo, and they reside in Hattiesburg, MS

 

Alicia DiDonato
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 21st Annual Competition

2001

 
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Jae-Yoen Shim
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Jae-Yoen Shim has a Master's Degree in Flute Performance at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Fenwick Smith. She has performed as a soloist with the Seoul Chamber Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. She has also been the third place winner in the Kyung-won University Competition in Korea and the winner of the Seoul Chamber Ensemble Competition for Woodwind Quintet.
 

sarah brady
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 20th Annual Competition

2000

 

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Jessica Lizak
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

Dr. Jessica Lizak performs as one of Boston's most versatile flutists, with a style described as "poised, gorgeous, musical, and very sweet." Appearing in concert across the US, Canada, and Israel, she is currently principal flute of the Atlantic Symphony, and section flute of the Orchestra of Indian Hill. She performs with Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers, Gardner Museum Orchestra, Zamir Chorale, Marsh Chapel Chamber Orchestra, and nationally, with the New World and the Albany Symphony. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Domaine Forget, and Interlochen. In addition to winning the Pappoutsakis Competition, she won top prizes at the Myrna Brown International Flute Competition, Bohemians Club of the Detroit Symphony Concerto Competition, and twice won the BU Departmental Award for outstanding musical achievements. She has been a soloist at the National Flute Convention, the Greater Boston Flute Association's Flute Fair, and she has performed as a chamber musician on WGBH and WCRB.

Her discography includes a live performance of the American premiere of Carter's opera What Next? conducted by James Levine, and the first BSO release of live performances of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She regularly records with BMOP, and she has collaborated with recording artists Tim Janis and Natalie Merchant.

Equally committed to education, she is on artist faculty with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Winchester Music School, Lexington Community Education, and the Boston Youth Symphony.  She holds a DMA from BU, MM from NEC, and BM from UM Ann Arbor. Her teachers have included Nina Barwell, Leone Buyse, Geralyn Coticone, Marianne Gedigian, Renee Krimsier, Elizabeth Ostling, Fenwick Smith, and Jeff Zook.
 

 

Diane Power
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 19th Annual Competition

1999

 
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Hyuncheong Park
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

A native of Seoul, Korea, Hyuncheong Park began her undergraduate studies at The Juilliard School where she studied with Julius Baker, and later at Die Musik Hochschule Fuer Musik in Munich, Germany where she studied with Andras Adorjan, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree with honors. She furthered her studies at the New England Conservatory where she earned her Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma as a student of Paula Robison. Recently Ms. Park earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University on the Susan McDonald Scholarship.

Mrs. Park has been the recipient of top prizes in various competitions, including V. Bucchi International Music Competition in Rome, Italy, the Popputsatkis Flute Competition in Boston, the NEC Concerto Competition, National Flutist Association High School Competition in Minneapolis, and E-Hwa, Chosun and Dong-A Music Competitions, while she was in Korea. As a concerto soloist she has performed with TJB Orchestra, Arco Diablo Chamber, Dae-Jeon Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, NEC Symphony, Pan Asian Chamber, Budapest Chamber, and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has given many recitals in the venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall, King’s Chapel in Boston, Kum-Ho Art Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Se-Jong Art Center in Seoul, Korea. Now she has been teaching at Chung-Nam University in Deajeon, Korea.

 

Sarah Brady
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 18th Annual Competition

1998

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Boaz Meirovich
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

2nd Flutist, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Donna Shin
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

 

 


The 17th Annual Competition

1997

 
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Jin Ta
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Jin Ta joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 1998. He started learning music at the age of five, and studied flute at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Keith Bryan and Leone Buyse. Following this, he pursued his graduate studies with Fenwick Smith at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 1997, Jin Ta studied as an artist diploma candidate with renowned American flutist Paula Robison.

Jin Ta has performed extensively throughout the Boston area and has won numerous national and international competitions. He was the first prize winner in the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition, the Memphis Young Artist Competition, and the 2000 Haifa International Flute Competition in Israel. He is also a prize winner at the Flute Talk Competition and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

The National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Springfield Orchestra (Massachusetts), Shenzhen Symphony, Xiamen Symphony, US Capital Wind Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) are just some of the orchestras and music festivals Jin Ta has performed with. An enthusiastic performer and educator, he has toured Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and held master classes at the Central Music Conservatory, Shanghai Music Conservatory and Shenzhen School of Fine Arts. In 2001, he toured the US with Israel’s Haifa Chamber Orchestra and in September 2002, gave a series of recitals in Taiwan. Jin Ta has recorded the works of Fauré, Poulenc, and Ibert, among other composers, and can be heard on the Taiwanese label, NewArt.

 

Julianna Miller
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 16th Annual Competition

1996

 

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Stephanie Mortimore
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Stephanie Mortimore has held the position of Piccoloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000. During the 2008-09 season, she will serve as Acting Principal Flute. Prior to her tenure with the Met, Stephanie was Principal Flutist of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and an active freelancer throughout New England, as well as around the country. She has performed with many orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Stephanie has won numerous distinctions, including earning top honors in the 1998 Myrna Brown Competition, resulting in a concerto performance with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra; the 1996 James Pappoutsakis Competition; and the 1995 Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition.

An active recitalist, Stephanie gave her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2007. She also performs frequently with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming and on the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Orchestra series at Carnegie Hall under the direction of James Levine.

Stephanie received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and her bachelor’s from DePaul University. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she also spent a year studying at the Conservatoire de Genève in Switzerland. Her teachers have included Geralyn Coticone, Isabelle Giraud, Paula Robison, Fenwick Smith and
Mary Stolper. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Paul, a journalist, and their two adorable parrots (each of them a self-professed music critic!).

 

Jin Ta
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 15th Annual Competition

1995

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Gaspar Hoyos
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Gaspar Hoyos was born in Colombian origin, born in the United States, Gaspar Hoyos studied in Bogotá, Dallas, Boston and Paris. He is currently Principal Flute of the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy. Mr. Hoyos has performed in South and North America, Europe and Asia. He has appeared in recital in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Nagano, Fukuoka and Shizuoka. In February 2002 he performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Nancy. His upcoming engagements in France will include master-classes in Paris, Lyon, Nancy, Lille, Macon, La Rochelle, Bourg-en-Bresse. In April 2002 he was a guest performer at the French Flute Festival in Obernai, where he performed as a soloist with the Ensemble “La Follia”. Next season Gaspar Hoyos will be recording as a soloist with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota. He has played at prestigious festivals in Europe (Montpellier - Radio France, Musica Riva, Histria, Guebwiller, 2è festival de Flûte à Paris, 2nd Festival of the Flute, Frankfurt, Festival International à Obernai), in Japan (Japanese Flute Association) the USA (Boston, New York, Chicago) and in South America (Bogota, Cali, Popayan, Lima). A teacher in great demand, he has taught Master-Classes in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano, Fukuoka, Dallas, Bogota et Lima. Every year he teaches the flute class in Groznjan organized by Jeunesses Musicales. He has been a prize-winner of the Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition, the Markneukirchen Competition, the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the Flute Talk Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist Award, the Concours d'Excellence Gaston Crunelle, and the Concours National du Jeune Talent.

Ann Bobo
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 14th Annual Competition

1994

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Lisa Hennessy
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Lisa Hennessy is principal flutist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. She also performs regularly with Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, and other orchestras throughout New England. Lisa maintains a private flute studio and has given masterclasses for the Greater Boston Flute Association, the Longy School of Music and the University of Southern Maine. Lisa holds a Master’s in Music, with distinction in performance, from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston. While earning her degrees, she studied with Byron Hester, principal flutist of the Houston Symphony, and renowned flute soloist Paula Robison. In 1994, Lisa was the winner of Boston’s James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and NEC’s Concerto Competition. She has been a featured soloist on WGBH radio’s Boston Performances and with the Portland Symphony, and has made recordings for the A & E Cable Network and the Naxos American Classics and Chandos labels.

 

Janelle O. Dibiase
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 13th Annual Competition

1993

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Christine Fish
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Dr. Christine Fish Moulton, Assistant professor of flute and class piano at Mansfield University of PA, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music; Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a DMA from Rutgers University. She is a member of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra appearing with them in the annual Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival every summer. She is a former member of the Allentown Symphony and performs regularly with professional orchestras in eastern PA and NY. Dr. Moulton has served on the teaching faculties at the Manhattan School of Music, Northampton Community College and the Community Music School of Allentown and gives flute clinics and classes regularly in the northeast. She serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Marcel Moyse Society.

Her professional career began in the Boston area where she earned a reputation as a skillful interpreter of new music performing with noted new music ensembles including Extension Works, the Harvard Group for New Music and Alea III. The Boston Globe described her as a "classy and resourceful musician, and quite a player" and she has been featured in both live and recorded performances on Boston's WGBH Radio. As an orchestral musician she has performed with orchestras including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Northeastern PA Philharmonic, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and participated in the Spoleto Festivals both in the USA and Italy. As a former winner of the Boston based James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition (1993), Dr. Moulton was invited to perform at the 2005 National Flute Convention in San Diego, CA. Principal teachers include Keith Underwood, Bart Feller, Sandra Church and William Grass.

 

None Awarded
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize


The 12th Annual Competition

1992

 
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Melissa Mielens
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Melissa Mielens received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory, and was one of the youngest recipients of the Fulbright grant. Currently, she is principal flutist with the New Hampshire Symphony and Indian Hill Symphony. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan; in the United Kingdom with the New World Symphony; and tours of Europe and South America with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. Mielens is a prizewinner of national and regional competitions, including the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. In addition to performing, she teaches at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Phillips Exeter Academy.

 

None Awarded
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 11th Annual Competition

1991

 
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Fernando Brandão
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Flutist, composer, author, arranger and educator Fernando Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An active musician versed in classical, jazz and ethnic music, he has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with many prominent orchestras both in Brazil and the US. He leads the Fernando Brandão Septet, the group Alma, the Brasilis Quartet, and he has performed and recorded with Sergio Brandão & Manga Rosa, Teresa Inês Quintet, Choro Democrático, Earthsound, Nando Michelin Quintet, John Stein Quartet, Bruno Råberg Nonet, Kris Adams, Los Changos, Manuel Santos & Bambule, Luciana Souza, Emmanuel Music Orchestra and many other prominent musicians. Mr. Brandão is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of Longy School of Music and the Community Music Center of Boston. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has given many lectures about Brazilian music and composers, and he is the author of the play-along book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception. He was the first prize winner of the 1991 Pappoutsakis Flute Competition.

 

Jeanne Carere
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 10th Annual Competition

1990

 
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Marianne Gedigian
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Marianne Gedigian, Associate Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at Austin, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Guest Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Guest Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including concerts in Japan, Australia, and Armenia and has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.

Ms. Gedigian has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and the Round Top Institute.

 

Dong-Yun Min
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 9th Annual Competition

1989

 
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Juliana Overmeier
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Juliana Overmier earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1987 from DePauw University, where she was a two-time concerto competition winner. She received first prize in the 1989 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston as well as first prize in the 1992 Concours Artistique Lucien Wurmser in Paris.

While living in Paris, Ms. Overmier attended the Conservatory of Bourg-la-Reine/Sceaux, from which she received a gold medal. In 1994, she was a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. In 1996, she earned her Masters degree in flute performance from the University of Southern California, where she also won the Annual Concerto Competition. Ms. Overmier can be heard on several film soundtracks, including As Good As It Gets and Halloween H20. In 2007, she was named the winner of the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition in Houston, where she returned to perform a solo concert at the 2008 “Flute Fest.”

Ms. Overmier is a member of the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and also performs with the Tulsa Symphony. She served as principal flutist for the Light Opera of Oklahoma Orchestra in Tulsa for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. She has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the Tulsa Ballet orchestra. In 2004, she joined the faculty at East Central University in Ada, OK, where she teaches flute and directs the University Flute Ensemble. In addition to her freelance playing and private teaching studio, she also performs with the Cimarron Wind Quintet. Ms. Overmier is a member of the National Flute Association, she serves as Community Outreach Chair on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Flute Society and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for musical organizations statewide.

 

Yong Sun
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 8th Annual Competition

1988

 
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Roy Eric Johnston
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

 

Leslie Chin
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 7th Annual Competition

1987

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Elaine Saloio
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Elaine Saloio Szlosek was awarded second prize in the 1982 Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, was a finalist in 1983, and won first prize in 1987. Elaine was honored to serve as secretary for the Pappoutsakis Competition for 10 years, resigning from this position in 2005. She has her B.M. in flute performance from Boston Conservatory of Music and her M.M. in flute performance, graduating with “Distinction in Performance,” from New England Conservatory of Music. She studied with William Grass, Lois Schaefer, and Thomas Nyfenger. Elaine is on the music faculty at Westfield State College, The Community Music School of Springfield, teaches privately in her home studio, and performs as a soloist and in several chamber and orchestral organizations in the New England area. In 2006, Elaine established "Melodia" a musical organization in which she utilizes her flute and vocal ablility along with various professional musicians in the Massachusetts and Connecticut area. Elaine currently resides in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

 

Susan Jackson
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 6th Annual Competition

1986

 
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Áshildur Haraldsdóttir
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Áshildur Haraldsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1965. She received her BA mus. degree with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory in 1986, and in 1988, her MA mus. from the Juilliard School of Music were she studied with Samuel Baron. She then continued her studies with Alain Marion and Pierre-Yves Artaud at the Paris Conservatory where she was enrolled in the ‘Cycle de Perfectionnement’.

Áshildur has won first prizes at various competitions including The New England Conservatory Commencement Competition, The Annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund Competition, The biennial For Young Nordic Soloists; and The International Young Concerts Artists Competition of Royal Tunbridge Wells. She is also the 3rd prize winner of The International ‘Flute d’Or’ Competition of Paris and the 2nd prize winner and the 1st price winner for the best interpretation of a contemporary work of the International Competition ‘Syrinx’ of Italy.

Áshildur has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Roman, the Umeå Symphony Orchestra, the Baijo Philharmonic, the London Region Symphonia, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Musica vitae, I Solisti Veniti and regularly with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She has also given solo recitals in such venues as The Lincoln Center and Cami Hall, New York and The Barbican Center and The Purcell Room, London. She has appeared on radio or television in over 20 countries.

Áshildur has published six CD’s. ‘Joueuse de Flûte’, French music for flute and piano; ‘Undine’, romantic music for flute and piano; ‘Concertos by C.Ph.E. Bach, Benda and Haydn’, Concertos by Gösta Nystroem (Intim Musik), Miniatures’ for flute and piano (Spor) and ‘Tónamínútur/Complete Works for Flute’ by Atli Heimir Sveinsson (Smekkleysa).

Áshildur Haraldsdóttir was a member of L’Orchestre Symphonique Français in 1995-1997. She is now a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Maria Pelletier
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 5th Annual Competition

1985

 
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Elizabeth Carville Evans
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Flautist Elizabeth (Beth) Carville Evans is a member of the Lavender Trio wind ensemble. The trio performs classical and contemporary music in a uniquely enhanced performance setting designed to appeal to all the senses. Lavender Trio's recent performance at the Everson Museum in the Civic Morning Musicales series was recorded for future broadcast on WCNY. Beth has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Boston' s Jordan Hall, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard's Sanders Theater. Upon completion of her studies, Beth returned to the Utica area in 1987 and established herself as a performer, teacher, and active member of the B Sharp and Etude Music clubs. She gives solo and chamber recitals throughout the area, has performed with the Utica Symphony, and is a member of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Beth holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she was a student of Claude Monteux. A native of New Hartford, her early flute studies were with John Oberbrunner. She won the 1985 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and was a four-time winner of the Conservatory Gala Chamber Music Competition.

 

Ann Gorczyca and Kelly Hayner
Second Place Winners, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 4th Annual Competition

1994

 
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LESLIE Waddel
First PLACE WINNER, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

 

Leslie Chin
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 3rd Annual Competition

1983

 
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Julie Darling
First Place Winner, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Prize

 

Rita George
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 2th Annual Competition

1982

 
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Helen Campo
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

The South China Morning Post declared that flutist Helen Campo “had such dazzlingly beautiful tone, that she could only be called extraordinary... she displayed stunning lucidity, colour, and figuration.” In addition, Leonard Bernstein said, “Miss Campo plays the flute the way I wish I could sing.” Since her debut at the age of 14, Ms. Campo has made hundreds of solo appearances, from concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other orchestras in the Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Hong Kong Cultural Center, to a guest television appearance as the evil pied piper with the Muppets. The youngest flutist to win Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and the first flutist to win Artists International Distinguished Artists Award, she has been the subject of feature articles in several national magazines. Helen was also Acting Associate Principal Flutist with the Houston Symphony, and has performed as Assistant Principal with the Baltimore Symphony. She now performs with the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic, and was the piccolo player on the NY Phill’s recent tour of Europe and live recordings. She is a member of the New York Pops and the Westfield Symphony, and is the flutist for Wonderpets! (Nickelodeon’s #1 TV show). Helen can be heard on many television commercials and films and has been the principal flutist of many Broadway shows including Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music, King and I, Disney’s King David, Camelot, The Man of La Mancha, and Topol’s Fiddler on the Roof, Dance of the Vampires, and currently, Wicked. Helen graduated as valedictorian of her class in high school, was awarded the Chadwick Medal upon graduation from New England Conservatory with honor and distinction, and the School-wide Graduate Achievement Award with honors and distinction from Queens College. She was also a member of the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra, Sasha Schneider’s New York String Orchestra, and studied with, Murray Panitz, John Krell, Julius Baker, Robert Stallman, John Heiss, Keith Underwood, and Robert Langevin.

 

Elaine Saloio
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize

 

The 1st Annual Competition

1981

 
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Les Roettges
First Place Winner, James Pappouts
akis Memorial Prize

Les Roettges is a native of Ohio and started his music studies at the age of 6 on the violin. He started playing the piano when he was 8 years old, and began to study the flute when he was 10. While in high school he was a student of Maurice Sharp; Principal Flutist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and was a winner of the Columbus Symphony's Young Artist Competition. Mr. Roettges went on to study at the New England Conservatory of Music, The Paris Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. His teachers have included Robert Stallman, Alain Marion, Julius Baker, and Paula Robison.

Mr. Roettges is currently the Principal Flutist of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has also played Principal Flute for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Solisti New York, and the Opera Ensemble of New York.

 

Christine Locke
Second Place Winner, William H. Grass Memorial Prize