Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting 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 recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she 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 a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.
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 is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.
Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music
Introduced as "shining in the storm" by the San Antonio Express News, Mark Teplitsky, 25, was appointed principal flute with the San Antonio Symphony in the summer of 2016. Born to Russian immigrants in Jerusalem, Israel, Mark began his musical studies when moving to the United States at age 12. Mark has attended, on full-scholarship, the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music, and the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where he received his Master’s Diploma; his former teachers include Jim Walker, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, Leone Buyse, Brian Gordon and Thomas Robertello.
As winner of the Rice University Concerto Competition, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Los Angeles Center for the Performing Arts Spotlights Competition, Music Teacher’s Association VOCE competition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Competition, Orange County's Stars of Tomorrow Competition, Brentwood-Westwood Concerto Competition, and NPR's "From the Top" Competition, he has performed in halls throughout the United States. Among these performances, Mark appeared as soloist with the Shepherd Symphony Orchestra, Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, San Diego Sinfonia, San Diego Philharmonia, Torrey Pines Wind Ensemble, and the Houston Hear&Now Contemporary Ensemble. Highlight concerts featured the Reinecke flute concerto under the baton of Jacksonville Symphony Artistic Director, Courtney Lewis, and the Mozart G Major Concerto under the baton of Larry Racliffe.
As an orchestral musician, Mark was invited to perform works by Strauss and Sibelius with the New York Philharmonic as the 2015 New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellow. While in high school, Mark appeared in a side by side concert of Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony with the San Diego Symphony. A few years later, Mark was announced the principal flutist of the American Youth Symphony, a position he held for two years. Other invitations have included the Fort Worth Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Mercury Baroque Ensemble of Houston.
Mark is thrilled to have been invited as a core member of the Olmos Ensemble upon his arrival in San Antonio and will appear this summer as a guest artist at the CactusPear Music Festival. Mark plays a 14k Haynes Flute and can be heard as principal flute Yarlund Record Company’s CD releases “If You Love for Beauty” featuring mezzo Sasha Cooke and “Mahler Symphony No. 5” conducted by Gerard Schwarz.
Principal Flute, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Madera Winds is a woodwind duo of flexible instrumentation that has performed on three continents and across the United States. The duo is composed of Nathaniel Berman, Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Music History, and Alexandra Aguirre, Instructor of Flute and Piano, both at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
They have been featured guests at the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and the College Music Society’s National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have also performed at National Flute Association Conventions, North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional Conferences, the International Saxophone Symposium, and the International Clarinet Association.
They have commissioned several new works for flute and saxophone, including one concerto that was co-commissioned and premiered with the Mesilla Valley Concert Band in New Mexico.
Together, the duo won the Great Southwest Flute Fest’s chamber music competition, and have individually been named winners of the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Big Band Competition. Berman and Aguirre are active soloists and orchestral musicians in addition to their chamber ensembles. Both are also current members of the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra.
Berman is a Dahlke Mouthpieces artist.
Assistant Professors, Professors & Instructors
Professor of Flute, The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
UTRGV Flautistas Flute Studio
The Flautistas Flute Studio at UTRGV has developed into a nationally recognized program for excellence and achievement in musical scholarship and performance. Students consist of undergraduate and graduate majors in both music education and performance.
All members of the Flautistas Flute Studio study with Dr. Krista Jobson, an internationally recognized flute solo artist. Members of the flute studio make up the UTRGV Flautistas Flute Ensemble, which has given performances all over the Rio Grande Valley as well as at the Texas Flute Society Convention (Denton, TX) and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (San Antonio, TX) and which will perform at the 2017 National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
UTRGV Flautistas Flute Studio