2017 Flute Fair
Flute Choir Opportunities
We are pleased to offer two flute choir opportunities this year:
Festival Flute Choir For Adults & College Students
directed by Daniel Dorff
Student Honors Flute Choir
directed by Naomi Seidman
Both groups will perform on the final concert of the Flute Fair Day!
See individual pages for more information on each group and to register.
Meet the 2017 Conductors
Naomi Seidman joined the School of Music faculty at Penn State University in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and 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, Naomi 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. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for both groups, Naomi is dedicated to expanding repertoire for this combination of musicians. She has also collaborated with the Vienna Piano Trio and the Walden Chamber Players. She has participated in numerous festivals, including Yellow Barn, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and the Austin Chamber Music Center.
Naomi is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts “Fast Track America Grant” and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture "Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.”
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.
Naomi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Master of Music degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree the University of Texas at Austin.
She plays on a handmade Powell flute.
Daniel Dorff's music for flute and piccolo has entered the standard repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide. He has composed 7 commissioned works for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times. Recent highlights have included all-Dorff retrospective concerts at woodwind conventions, 11 performances of Three Fun Fables by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Utah Symphony, 38 performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears on the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzerts, and 10 all-Dorff concerts performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay. The 2016 convention of the National Flute Association featured 12 performances of Dorff's music.
works have also been performed by the Atlanta Opera (60 performances),
Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville
Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music
Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts
of the St. Louis Symphony and Oregon Symphony; on the Chicago Symphony
Radiothon, by clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin
Philharmonic, by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, flutists Jean-Pierre
Rampal, Walfrid Kujala, Donald Peck, and Denis Bouriakov; and conducted
by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Other commissions have come from piccolo legends Walfrid Kujala and Sarah Jackson, the Colorado Symphony's Up Close and Musical series, Sacramento Symphony, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, Symphony in C, Curtis Institute of Music, and other organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.
Recent and upcoming premieres include:
-A Treeful of Monkeys, for Narrator and Mixed Quintet, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for their May 2015 Sound All Around series
-Fireworks for Flute Orchestra, commissioned by the Flute Society of Washington for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Reston VA
-Fanfare and Hustle for Brass Quintet, for the Curtis Institute's Brass Project, premiered May 2016
-Serenade for Flute and Harp, commissioned by the Sparx Flute & Harp Duo, to be premiered October 2016
-For Elise for Flute and Piano, commissioned by Cindy Anne Broz for her forthcoming CD on Albany Records
-Desert Dusk for Alto Flute and Cello, commissioned by Mélomanie, to be premiered May 2017
-Folk Song Suite for Two Flutes, 2017 information t.b.a.
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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim came at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition for his Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for saxophone quartet. Dorff later received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.
Daniel Dorff is VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advises the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and has served on the Board of the National Flute Association.
Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music (formerly MMB), Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, and Kendor Music, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Crystal, Azica, and many other labels.