studio class in Kulas Recital Hall 2013
being updated as Alexa gathers materials
Hannah Hammel is the Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A native of Richmond, VA, Hannah holds degrees from Rice University (MM 2017) and Oberlin Conservatory (BM 2015). An active solo flutist, she has won several competitions including the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and Orchestral Excerpt Competition, and competitions of the Atlanta, Houston, Mid-South, and Ohio Flute Associations. As an orchestral flutist, prior to winning her position with Detroit, Hannah was principal of the Knoxville Symphony. She has also been a guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and New World Symphony. She has attended summer festivals including Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Round Top Festival Institute, and Music Academy of the West where she was awarded a Global Academy Fellowship allowing her to perform with the New York Philharmonic. Hannah also has extensive performance experience with contemporary music and historical performance on the one-keyed Baroque flute, and is an avid teacher. Her major teachers include Leone Buyse and Alexa Still.
Candy Chang is a flutist and piccoloist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, where she performs with the concert band and woodwind quintet.
She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Alexa Still. She also pursued and was awarded a dual major in Arts Administration and a minor in Historical Performance (Baroque flute) studying with Michael Lynn and Kathie Stewart.
As a military musician, Candy performed at the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration for President Trump and his family where she was featured as a soloist. She has also shared the stage with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and American a cappella group, Pentatonix. Candy has appeared on Classical King FM’s Northwest Focus Live, Spokane Public Radio’s From the Studio, ABC, ESPN, and FOX news.
She has won numerous competitions including the Seattle Horsfall Competition, the Simon-Fiset Scholarship Woodwind Competition, Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, and was a national finalist for the Music Teachers National Association Competition. She also took second place at the Alexander and Buono International Flute competition. Candy has performed concertos with the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Stars-in-the-Classics International Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Mozart Players, USAF Band of the Golden West, and the Tacoma Concert Band.
Passionate about new music, Candy has premiered over 75 works by living composers. She performed regularly with Oberlin's Contemporary Music Ensemble through which she collaborated with four-time Grammy winner, eighth blackbird, and toured to the University of Richmond to perform at Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival.
An avid educator, she has served as flute faculty and coach at Marrowstone-in-the-City Summer Music, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, Oberlin Composition Workshop, and at Vivace Chamber Players. She has also taught masterclasses at the University of Idaho, California State East Bay, College of Southern Nevada, Sonoma State University, Willamette University, and Corban University.
As an arts manager, Candy has interned with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Maple Valley Youth Symphony, and Academy of Music Northwest. She currently serves as the woodwind quintet’s tour manager, booking over 50 concerts a year throughout the west coast.
Candy has spent summers performing at festivals including the National Music Festival, Marrowstone Summer Music, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and ARIA International Academy.
New York-born flutist Amanda Dame has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently first-place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition in Washington, DC. Other prizes include first-place awards in the Best Mozart Performance category of the global Great Composer Competition Series, the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, Donald E. Webster Scholarship Competition, and the Stefan Scholarship Competition. She is also a substitute flutist with the Canton and Firelands Symphonies. During her studies at Oberlin, Dame performed with the Oberlin Orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center as a part of their 150th-Anniversary tour. She also 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). 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 recently completed a Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory, under the guidance of Marina Piccinini and released her first CD in 2021.
Erica Zheng graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2017 with a double degree in Biochemistry and Flute Performance. In 2014 and 2015, Erica was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, touring cities nationwide including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Erica has performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Bonita Boyd, Paula Robison, Gary Schocker, and Susan Hoeppner. She was a finalist in the 2013 National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, and a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition in 2011. Erica is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Biology at Harvard University, is a member of the COllins Lab at MIT, and plays in the Harvard Graduate School Dudley Orchestra.
Ellyn Butler graduated in 2018 with a double degree in flute and psychology. Ellyn then joined U Penn's Brain Behavior Laboratory as a data analyst in June 2018. Ellyn performed a number of data-related tasks for Dr. Ruben Gur’s projects, including pre-processing MRI data for studies with NASA, writing validation rules for the Computerized Neurocognitive Battery (CNB), and running statistical analyses for publication on the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort (PNC). Ellyn is now studying for her a PhD in Clinical Psychology and MS in statistics at Northwestern.
Katie Kim, graduated in 2018 and graduated with an MA in chamber music from the Royal Conservatory of Scotland in 2019.
Moises Lopez Ruiz, graduated 2017, completed his MM at Cleveland Institute of Music with Mary Kay Fink and is currently studying with Marina Piccinnini at Peabody.
Heeyoung (Helen) Lim, graduated in 2019 and is currently studying for qualifications in education administration in Korea.
Tasi and Aram Mun. Aram graduated in 2017 and again in 2019 from Oberlin's artist diploma program. Aram is currently studying at Rice with Leone Buyse. Tasi Hiner graduated in 2016 and recently graduated from UCLA where he did a masters with Erin and Denis Bouriakov.
Yuanfei Chen, graduated in 2019 and is studying arts administration at Indiana University
HeeJeong Yoon, graduated in 2019 and is continuing flute studies in Korea
Julia Pyke, graduated in 2019, and got her masters degree at San Francisco Conservatory with Tim Day, where she won the concerto competition. Her performance of the Leibermann concerto took place in Fall of 2021. Julia has subbed over the past few years with New World Symphony.
Zishu (Lily) Xie, graduated in 2019, and graduate with Masters from The Frost School of Music, (University of Miami) where she was a teaching assistant to Prof Jennifer Grimm. Lily was principal flute of the China National Youth Orchestra which toured the US in 2017. She is currently in the performance diploma program at Peabody with Marina Piccinnini.
Kelsey Burnham, now a full scholarship MM student on Baroque flute at Juilliard, with guest artist Greg Patillo, and Ellyn Butler.
Will Adams graduated in 2020 and is currently at UCLA doing a masters with Dennis and Erin Bouriakov.
Sara Hedberg, graduated in 2020, is currently studying with Linda Toote at Boston University, with an emphasis on piccolo.
Karisma Palmore, graduated in 2020 and is currently studying in France on a fulbright fellowship.
Hexin Zhang, graduated in 2019, is currently in the Master Specialized Music Performance Solistin program in Zürich Hochschule der Kunst, studying with Maria Goldschmidt-Pahn
Noah Hoffer, Junior (double degree)
Sungkyung Lee, graduated in 2021 and is studying with Jeffrey Khaner in the masters program at Lynn Conservatory.
Andrew Santiago, graduated in 2020 with a BMus in flute and two degrees in the college. Andrew is currently studying for an engineering PhD at Carnegie Mellon in Material Science.
Lyric Rivera graduated in 2020
Isaiah Shaw, sophomore.
Sophia Keil is a senior, studying flute and also researching cognition.
Yuyuan Yang is a senior. Josephine Lee graduated in 2021 and is currently the ensembles library for Oberlin Conservatory.
Gabriel Cruz-Ruiz is a senior doing a double degree in Flute and chemistry.