Traverso Colore Baroque Flute Ensemble
Eva Amsler Professor of Flute at The Florida State College of Music, previously served on the faculty of the State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch (Austria) since 1982, teaching flute, pedagogy, and chamber music. She also conducts master classes in Europe, the United States, and Asia. In addition, Ms. Amsler was a member of the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) for twenty years. A pioneer on the wooden flute, she organized a worldwide series of concerts with The Dorian Consort, and she has played various flutes in specially created concerts of new music with the ensemble ENIF – aktuelle Music. Her concert activity as soloist and chamber musician has brought her together with performers such as Aurele Nicolet, Barbara Schlick, and the Carmina Quartet. Ms. Amsler’s CD recordings have been released on the Ambitus and Cavalli labels, and her performances have been broadcast in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia and the United States
Carlos Feller received his Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University. He holds a b.m. from the School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná – Brazil, and a m.m. in flute performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Feller was prizewinner in competitions such as the William T. Gower Concerto Competition at USM, the state and regional rounds of the Music Teacher National Association, and the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist competition. In 2011, he was one of the selected participants of the Young Artist Competition promoted by the National Flute Association. Feller is a member of the ensemble Traverso Colore, a chamber group dedicated to historically informed performances on period instruments (baroque flute – traverso). Recent performances of the group included the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Florida Flute Convention, and the 2012 and 2014 National Flute Association Convention. An enthusiast of new music for flute, Feller performed at the International Computer Music Conference in New Orleans, at the International Michel Debost Composition Competition in Curitiba-Brazil, and at the XV Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University. Dr. Feller is Lecturer in Music at Ouachita Bapt. Univ. and adjunct instructor of flute at Arkansas State Univ.-Beebe.
Colombian flutist Jesus Castro is an international performer with participation in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, and the United States of America. Castro is winner of several competitions such as Fifth Place and Laureated flutist in the 2009 Colombian National Flute Competition in Bogota, Colombia, The University of Southern Mississippi 2010-2011 Band Soloists Competition, 2011-2012, USM William T. Gower Orchestra Soloists Competition, and Second place in the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind State Division Competition. Selected as Graduate Musician of the years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and Most Valuable Wind Player 2012-2013 by the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He was selected as one of the 25 qualifying participants to attend to the 2013 National Flute Association International Young Artist Competition. Winner of Honorary Mention at the Louisiana Flute Festival 2014. Jesus was a winner of the award “Becas Para Colombianos en Procesos de Formación Artística y Cultural en el Exterior” given by the Colombian National Department of Culture in 2015. Jesus Castro holds an undergraduate degree from the Conservatory of Tolima, a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy degree from the same institution. Castro currently holds the position of Flute Professor at the Conservatorio Adolfo Mejia in the Institución Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolivar, Principal Flutist at the Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Centro de Investigaciones Musicales del Conservatorio Adolfo Mejía (Conservatory Adolfo Mejía’s Musical Research Center ), and Research and Humanities Coordinator.
Lindsey Keay attended The University of Texas in Austin where she graduated with honors, receiving her B.M. in Music Studies and Human Learning, a Performance Certificate in Flute, and Texas Teaching Certification. During this time, she won the Houston Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition. Ms. Keay received her M.M. in Flute Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she won the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition and the William T. Gower Concerto Competition. An active performer, Ms. Keay currently serves as piccolo/third flute in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and is a regular player with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Ballet, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, and Natchez Music Festival. In addition to public school teaching and non-profit work in Austin, Texas, she has taught as an Instructor of Music Education at Southeastern Louisiana University as well as the music instructor at The DuBard School for Language Disorders in Hattiesburg. Ms. Keay is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, and holds the position of Assistant Band Director and Flute Instructor at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS.
Callie Green Brewer is an educator, performer, adjudicator, and clinician based out of Gulfport, MS. A graduate of South Jones High School, Brewer continued her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. During her high school years, she was a four year member of the Lions All State Band, serving as first chair for two years. She participated in the All South Honor Band, All State Orchestra, All State Concert Band, and many other clinics. She also won the MMTA High School Concerto Competition as a junior and the MTNA High School Soloist Competition as a senior. She studied under Meri Newell at Jones County Junior College until beginning her studies with Danilo Mezzadri in 2005. Brewer competed in and won the MidSouth National High School Soloist Competition held at Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. At Southern Miss, she participated in many ensembles, including the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, the USM Wind Ensemble, the Southern Miss Flute Choir, several chamber groups, and the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. Under the tutelage of standout artist Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, she completed her undergraduate work in just three years. During her time at Southern Miss, Brewer won the USM Wind Ensemble’s Concerto Competition, giving her the opportunity to solo with the ensemble as a sophomore. She also soloed with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra as a freshman. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Flute Performance with highest honors, Brewer immediately began work on a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy. She has participated in and attended masterclasses with many renowned flutists, including Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Marianne Gedigian, Fabio Colajiani, Robert Dick, Tadeu Coelho, Richard Sherman, and Ian Clarke. She has served as a substitute for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra on both flute and piccolo. After moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2013, Brewer started the Callie Green Brewer Music Studio and the Coastal Flute Choir. Aside from her private teaching, she travels the coast teaching middle and high school flute classes and sectionals, giving masterclasses, performing, and judging competitions and clinics.
Danilo Mezzadri teaches flute at Southern Miss, Festival Músicas nas Montanhas, and Blue Lake. He is Principal Flute at Gulf Coast and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras. Danilo’s performances have been reviewed as “gorgeous” (Detroit Press) “with a limpid sound, and coaxing every ounce of lyricism” (Jackson Patriot). His CD Brazilian Soundscapes, was regarded as “music of a high order that deserves a welcome from a global audience” (The American Record Guide). In his most recent CD Epigrams, Danilo is described as having “glowing, golden tone” and “vivid musicality bringing each work to life, regardless of tonality” (Fanfarre Magazine). He has won several competitions, such as the International Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Competition and the Brazilian International Flute Association Competition. A sought out performer and teacher, Danilo maintains an active concert schedule around the US, South America, and Europe. This year he performed Reinecke’s Flute Concerto Op. 283 with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No4 with the Golf Coast Symphony Orchestra. When not playing the flute Danilo practices Aikido and plays with his son Giuseppe and his daughter Gabriella.
Mary Chung is an active soloist and collaborative artist. She has performed both nationally and internationally in Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil. Her solo awards include winner of the 11th Luis Ferré International Piano Competition (Puerto Rico), the William T. Gower Concerto Competition at USM, finalist in the Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Festival, and recipient of the MTNA Student Achievement Award. During her doctoral studies, she was the recipient of the University of Southern Mississippi Doctoral Assistantship Award, presented to students who demonstrated outstanding work. Dr. Chung served as pianist for the Southern Opera and Music Theater Company, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, Meistersingers, Oratorio Chorus, as well as Visiting Piano Instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi, “Appasionato” Music Camp in Dominican Republic, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.