In May, Dr. Kristen Stoner was a featured soloist in Austin, Texas, in a recital honoring her former professor Karl F. Kraber. From June 17-25, she was an invited performer at the College Music Society International Conference in Sweden and Finland. Following the conference, she traveled to Italy and presented two masterclasses and a solo flute recital at the Scuola Sinfonia di Música in Lucca, Italy. In July, Dr. Stoner performed a solo recital at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris. She also taught extensive masterclasses and performed at the Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental de Pantin, France. Before returning to the United States, she presented a masterclass, lecture and recital at the award-winning Woodside High School in London. In mid-August, she will perform with the Florida Flute Orchestra at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C.
In alumni news, Nicole Frankel won the second flute position in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in Illinois. Marcela DeFaria is active as a member of the Austin Flute Quartet and will be performing at the National Flute Convention in Washington, D.C. Natasha Herrera has been selected as one of only two Americans to attend Trevor Wye's intensive post-graduate flute program in Kent, England. Dr. Mary Hallan Birkner will be teaching Flute Ensemble and Woodwind Skills at the University of Florida this academic year. Danielle Miller Wunderlich, a member of the U.S. Navy Band, is stationed and performing regularly in Italy and throughout Europe.