Flute Day, October 6-7, 2017


October 6-7, 2017

Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, Penn State Flute Day celebrates and showcases the flute with masterclasses, seminars, recitals, and competitions. Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels.

Kicking off the festivities is a recital on Friday evening, October 6. This recital will feature our headlining artist Nancy Stagnitta, jazz flutist and professor at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Program information will be announced in early September, so stay tuned! Professor Stagnitta will also present a high school/collegiate masterclass at 1:00 p.m. on October 7 in 110 Music Building I.

Saturday's schedule, beginning at 9:00 a.m., includes workshops on world music, jazz improvisation, recitals, flute choir reading sessions as well as masterclasses, and don’t forget the young artist competition! Presenters and performers include:

  • Katherine Isbill Emeneth
  • Christina Condon-Numerick
  • Eleanor Duncan Armstrong
  • Dan Parasky
  • Judy Moore
  • Patty Lambert
  • Amy (I-Yun) Tu

Registration is $15, including lunch and t-shirt. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Penn State Flute Club." Please include the registrant's name in the memo line of the check. Send checks (or bring the day of Flute Day) to:

  • Naomi Seidman
  • Flute Day Registration
  • 213 Music Building II
  • Penn State University
  • University Park, PA  16802

Click here to register online

Interested flutists may also register the day of the event. (Note: parents accompanying their children are not required to register.) Onsite registration will take place from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on October 6th outside of Eisenhower Chapel, and from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Esber Recital Hall lobby.

Flute Day is sponsored by the Penn State School of Music, Verne Q. Powell Flutes (Boston), Windworks Studio, and the Penn State Flute Club.

Penn State Flute Day: September 10, 2016


Join us for a day of flute activities appropriate for all ages and levels featuring special guest artist, international flutist Christina Jennings in a recital and master class. Other guests will include the dynamic flute and cello chamber group IN2ATiVE DUO, Dan Parasky, and many more! Flute Day will be full of exciting events: a flute choir showcase featuring flute choirs from the region, exhibits of flutes and flute related merchandise, competitions, lectures, and clinics. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the competitions. See the following pages for important guidelines on the competitions.

More details to come!

Thank you to our sponsors: The Penn State School of Music, Powell Flutes, Windworks Studio and the Penn State Flute Club.

Penn State Flute Day

For more information please visit our website! Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, the Penn State Flute Day will feature masterclasses, seminars, recitals, competitions, flute choirs, and a presentation and recital by a different guest artist each year.

Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels. Come join us for an exciting day of performing and educational activities.

Registration for Flute Day is $15 (lunch included).

Please either submit your registration payment by check* via USPS mail or bring it with you on Saturday, October 24. Checks should be made payable to “Penn State Flute Club.” Send registration payment to: Dr. Naomi Seidman, 213 Music Bldg 1I, University Park, PA 16802, Attn: Penn State Flute Day.

*Please include name of registrant(s) in the memo line.

Young Artist Competition (sponsored by Windworks Studio)

The Young Artist Competition will occur at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Two levels of competition are offered: junior (up to grade 8/maximum age 13) and senior (grades 9-12, age 14 and older). Cash awards will be offered at each level - $50 for the junior winner and $100 for the winner of the competition’s senior level.

  • Required Repertoire (Junior Level): Will be announced.
  • Required Repertoire (Senior Level): Will be announced.

The registration cost to participate in the Young Artist Competition is $25 (includes Flute Day registration). To register for either the junior or senior level of the Young Artist Competition, click here. The registration deadline is Friday, September 25.


Masterclasses for outstanding performers will be offered at the high school and collegiate levels. The high school faculty includes Penn State professor Naomi Seidman and a different guest professor each year.

Six to eight high school performers will be chosen for the high school masterclass. There will be an application and deadline for this.

The collegiate masterclass will be led by the featured guest artist. Six to eight college/university performers will be chosen to participate. There will be an application and deadline for this.

The Penn State Flute Day is generously supported by Penn State's Duncan Fund, Windworks Studio, Powell Flutes, and the School of Music. All performances are open to the public.

There will be several performances and recitals by the guest artist and guest performers.

Naomi Seidman joined the Pen State faculty in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and she was first runner-up in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and Ballet Austin. She has also been an invited performer, judge, and presenter at National Flute Association (NFA) conventions and is a member of the NFA Cultural Outreach Committee. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, a woodwind quintet comprised of Penn State faculty members. She also performs regularly with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, as the JANO Duo. A dedicated educator, Naomi has presented masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Ohio State University, Capital University, Ball State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend masterclasses and recitals given by a renowned flutists. The symposium’s guest artists have included Jill Felber, Bart Feller, and Bonita Boyd.

Registration for this event is required and there is a $10 dollar participation fee for all attendees. (All profits go towards the Penn State Flute Club)! Please email Dr. Naomi Seidman, nks11@psu.edu, to get more information. A pizza lunch will be provided!!

The flute day is filled with events in which flutists of all ages and levels may participate. All events are open to the public. These events include master classes, lectures, flute exhibits and recitals.

The day of events will conclude with a thrilling recital performed by central Pennsylvania Flutists.

This is a one-day event, no overnight stays.

The Flute Day is intended to motivate flutists of all ages and abilities and create a stronger Central Pennsylvania flute community. Students are encouraged to bring their parents/teachers along with them to all events.