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Marina Piccinini’s Studio consists of students from across the United States, Europe and Asia. With a fine balance of Undergraduate, Artist Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Degree students, the studio offers a wide range of musical thought and practical application in private and master class settings. Join us on Facebook!

Katherine (Katie) Lee Althen

A provider of “great sinuous magic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Katherine (Katie) Lee Althen is the 2016 3rd Prize Winner of the New York Flute Club Competition and a freelance flutist in the NYC area.

During the 2016-2017 season, she has performed extensively in The Orchestra Now under the direction of Leon Botstein, as well as in the Reading Symphony Orchestra (PA), Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, and Berks Sinfonietta. Most recently, she served as principal flutist of the 2017 Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, AR under the direction of Corrado Rovaris. This summer she will join the Atlantic Music Festival through a Resident Artist Fellowship. Equally passionate about teaching as performing, Katie maintains a private studio in NYC and shares her love for the flute with her 31,000+ followers on her popular Instagram account, @katieflute, where she acts as a mentor for young musicians around the world.

Katie recently graduated from The Juilliard School with her Master of Music degree where she studied with the New York Philharmonic’s Robert Langevin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied under international flute soloist, Paula Robison, who describes Katie as a “true, intelligent artist” with “a wonderful sense of humor and awareness of life’s surprises”. She is thrilled to begin her studies with Marina Piccinini at Peabody Conservatory in the Graduate Performance Diploma program in the fall of 2017!

Hongsuh Cha

Hongsuh Cha is pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She began her studies at the Seoul Arts Middle and High School under the tutelage of Joohee Lee and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ewha Womans University, studying with Chongsun Pai.

Hongsuh has competed in many competitions hosted by prestigious institutions, winning the Donga Daily Report Music Competition, Ewha Kyunghyang Concour, Seoul National University Orchestra Concours, Hanyang University Concours, and Weimar Concours. She has performed as a soloist with the Chungcheongnamdo Symphony Orchestra, Kumho Flute Ensemble, and participated in the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra, Kumho Young Artists Solo Concerts, Chosen Daily Reports New Musicians Concert, Ewha Womans University Graduation Concert, and Ewha University Orchestra Festival. She has performed in master classes with Andras Adorjan, Michel Moragues, Sharon Bezaly, Paolo Taballione.

Yerim Choi

Flutist Yerim Choi is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Marina Piccinini. She recently received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School with William Schuman Award, where she studied with Carol Wincenc as the Juilliard Scholarship, Sam Cohen and James C. Caple Scholarship recipient. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music with scholarships under the tutelage of Robert Langevin and Linda Chesis.

Choi has won top prizes in numerous competitions such as New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, Flute Society of Washington Young Artist Competition and Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition among others. In 2015 and 2016, she was selected for the elite New York String Orchestra and performed under the baton of Jaime Laredo.

Amanda Dame

Flutist Amanda Dame is a versatile performer active as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first-place in the Best Mozart Performance category of the global Great Composer Competition Series, as well as first place awards in the 2014 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2013 Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, the 2012 Donald E. Webster Scholarship Competition, and the 2012 Stefan Scholarship Competition. Last year, Dame was invited to participate in the Third International Maxence Larrieu Flute Competition, taking place in Nice, France, and was one of only three flutists invited from the United States.

As an avid orchestral musician, Dame is currently a substitute flutist with the Canton and Firelands Symphonies. During her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she was a rotating principal of the Oberlin Orchestra, and performed in the orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center as a part of their 150th-Anniversary tour. At Oberlin, Dame appeared frequently as an ensemble-member for faculty concerto recordings. She has appeared in the Schikele Bassoon Concerto and the Augusta Reed Thomas Bassoon Concerto released on the Oberlin and Naxos labels on the album Full Moon in the City. She has also appeared in recordings of the Carter Flute Concerto and the Trigos Guitar Concerto No. 1 (forthcoming releases). In addition to her orchestral opportunities at Oberlin, Dame has attended the Pierre Monteux School and Festival, the Miami Summer Music Festival, and the Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music. She also has a love for chamber music, and performs regularly with her Oberlin-based group, the Amaryllis Trio, consisting of flute, cello and piano.

Dame has recently graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology as a part of the college’s double-degree program. She is pursuing a Master of Music degree as a student of Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory.

Drew Dardis

Drew Dardis is a junior at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance under the instruction of Marina Piccinini.

Originally from Sacramento, California; Drew actively freelanced in addition to maintaining a private studio and acting as the principal flutist of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra, while studying privately under Professor Laurel Zucker in California and piccolo under Stephanie McNab of the San Francisco Opera. Last year, Drew received the Clinton Lee Arrowood Memorial Prize in Flute, and was a diligent chamber musician in the Peabody Chamber Opera Orchestra, a woodwind quintet, a flute & guitar duo, and a piano & flutes trio. In addition to playing in one of Peabody’s newly-formed woodwind quintets and an independent flute & guitar duo, Drew Dardis currently plays in the Peabody Modern Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, as well as the renowned Peabody-based contemporary music ensemble “Now Hear This!”

Faith Helgeson

Flutist Faith Helgeson, a fourth-generation classical musician, is a freshmen at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Marina Piccinini. Previously, she studied under Julia Bogorad-Kogan, the principal flutist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Faith was a 2017 finalist in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Concerto Competition, a winner and finalist of The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, and a winner of the Laudie Porter Flute Competition. She has had one summer at the Brevard Music Festival and three summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she was part of the winning chamber music ensemble. She also attended the Luzerne Music Center in 2016 where she was a member of the honors woodwind quintet and performed as principal flutist of the high school orchestra.

Victor Hernandez

As winner of the 2017 International Music Competition ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso, first prize winner in the 2017 American Protégé International Competition, second prize winner in the 2017 Golden Classical Music Award Competition, and winner of the 2017 Yamaha Young Artist Competition, flutist Victor Hernandez has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Music for All Summer Symposium in Indiana. Other successes include first prize in the 2016 Great Composer International Music Competition “Master of Wind Concerto Competition”, alternate winner of the 2016 and 2015 MTNA Southern Division Young Artist Competitions, winner in the 2015 Mid-South Flute Society Masterclass Competition, and winner of the 2011 Concurso de Instrumentos de Viento Madera y Metal ICA.

Victor has performed as a member of the Juan Pablo Duarte Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Alfredo de Saint Malo Orchestra Festival (Panama), National Youth Orchestra (Dominican Republic), Young Philharmonic Dominican Republic, and in the Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music of Dominican Republic. He has performed under the batons of Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Arturo Marquez, Carlos Riazuelo, and Rafael Payare.

Victor is pursuing a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He has performed in masterclasses for Carol Wincenc, Denis Bouriakov, Jasmine Choi, Tara Helen O’Connor, Jean-Louis Beaumadier,, Domenico Alfano, Leone Buyse, Jim Walker, and Jeffrey Khaner.

Gyuri Kim

Gyuri Kim is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance under Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Born in South Korea, she began playing flute at age 10 with Joo Hee Lee. She has performed as soloist with the Gurisi Symphony and the Russia National Broadcasting Symphony. She has played in master classes for Michel Moragues, Mathieu Dufour, Julien Beaudiment, Sandrine Tilly, Silvia Careddu, and Jose-Daniel Castellon. Recently, Gyuri was awarded First Prize in the Florida Flute Association’s 2017 College Young Artist Competition.

Hea Ri Kim

Hea Ri Kim was born in South Korea, where she attended the Yewon School and Seoul Art High School before earning her Bachelor of Music degree from the Seoul National University. She earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Dr. Bradley Garner and Randolph Bowman. Presently, she is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in Flute Performance with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Hea Ri has won numerous competitions both in her native South Korea and USA, including the NanPa Music Competition, TBC (TaeGu Broadcast Competition), Music Journal Competition, GuRi Metropolitan Competition, Seoul National University Woodwind Competition, South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Kentucky Flute Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Mid-South Flute Competition, and the National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass Competition. She was a finalist of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent audition. Kim has performed in the ‘Seoul National University - Tokyo National University Joint Concert’ in Tokyo, Charity Chamber Orchestra for ‘Special Concert’ in Seoul, and National Flute Association convention San Diego as a member of the “Floutes Ensemble,” which will also perform at this summer’s convention in Minneapolis.

Christian Paquette

Christian Paquette is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute. He has previously studied with Camille Churchfield and Denis Bluteau in Canada, as well as Paula Robison in Boston. He has also worked in flute repairs with Adam Workman, founder of Flutistry Boston.

Notable performances include appearances in the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, recitals at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, performances of the Ibert and Nielsen Concerto with the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.

Christian also completed an orchestral conducting apprenticeship in the 2010 NAC Summer Music Institute with Maestro Kenneth Kiesler and Maestro Pinchas Zukerman. He was also the assistant conductor for the University of Ottawa Choir in 2009, conductor of the University Opera Productions performances of Mozart's ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in 2010 and ‘The Magic Flute’ in 2011, as well as Artistic Director of a staged production of Stravinsky’s ‘Histoire du soldat' in 2013.

Christian is the recipient of numerous competition awards, such as a first prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2010, second place at the National Music Festival of Canada in 2012, the NACO Bursary Competition and many others.

Hannah Tassler

Hannah Tassler is a freshman at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. Hannah is from Colorado Springs and has played in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and many Colorado All State ensembles. She studied piano at 5, classical guitar at 7, and began flute studies at 11, picking up piccolo soon after. Named the 2014 Rising Star of the US Galway Festival, she has additionally placed in competitions within Colorado and beyond.

Hannah has performed in Carnegie Hall, Prague, Berlin, and Japan. She was a finalist in the 2017 NFA High School Soloist Competition and performed at the convention in Minneapolis. Hannah most recently studied with Brook Ferguson, current principal flute of the Colorado Symphony and an alumna of the Piccinini Flute Studio.