Katherine Kemler is the Charles and Mary Barré Alumni Professor of Flute at Louisiana State University, flutist with the Timm Wind Quintet, and a regular visiting teacher at the Oxford Flute Summer School in England.
A graduate of Oberlin, she received her M. Mus. and D.M.A. degrees from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. Her major teachers include Samuel Baron, Robert Willoughby, and Mark Thomas. She has also studied in masterclasses with Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, William Bennett, Andras Adorjan, and Michel Debost.
Dr. Kemler has taught masterclasses and performed solo recitals at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. She has also performed a solo recital in the Beijing Concert Hall and taught flute masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music there.
In 2008, she performed recitals in Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Australia and taught masterclasses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, the Academy of Music in Perth and the University of Western Australia. In 2006, she was a guest artist at the Slovenian Flute Festival and during the summer of 2007 she performed and taught at the Festiv’Academies in France.
She has performed at eleven National Flute Association conventions in Denver, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and New York City. She was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine in December of 2006 and also on the cover of the Flutist Quarterly, the official magazine of the NFA, in 2003.
In the orchestral setting, Dr. Kemler has been a member of the Oxford Orchestra in the UK, the Colorado Music Theater Festival Orchestra, and the Central City Opera Orchestra, also in Colorado. As a member of the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra she performed under the batons of many renowned conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Colin Davis.
Dr. Kemler has appeared as soloist with the British Chamber Orchestra in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with the Orchestra Medicea Laurenziana throughout Italy, including Florence, Naples, and Salerno. She has toured extensively as a soloist, with the Kemler/Benjamin flute/harp duo, and with the Timm Wind Quintet.
She has appeared in China, England, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, France, Australia, and throughout the United States, and made solo broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and National Public Radio. She has recorded four CDs with Centaur Records, Inc., Virtuoso American Flute Works, Sky Loom, for flute and harp, Sonatina with LSU pianist Michael Gurt., and a CD of contemporary works entitled Lipstick which was released in March of 2008. She has also recorded on the Orion and Opus One Labels.
Jennifer Robin Lau is on the faculty of The University of New Mexico, where she teaches courses in music appreciation and music theory and is the Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment for the College of Fine Arts. She is currently also Vice-President of the Albuquerque Flute Association, having served in other positions since 2003.
She previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Spring Arbor University, Alma College, and the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Lau plays second flute and piccolo with Santa Fe Pro Musica and Opera Southwest. While teaching at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Lau has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Figueroa Project, Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Winds, El Paso Opera, and the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet.
Dr. Lau has performed at the Puerto Rico Conservatory, the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil, the Society of Composers National Conference, and the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium. She performed at National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Orlando, and was the coordinator of the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition from 2007 until 2012. She is a winner of the NFA Masterclass Competition and the Mid-Michigan Flute Festival Master Class Competition. She has performed chamber works at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and National Conferences, the ClarinetFest International Conference, the World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and Croatia, and the Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival.
Dr. Lau completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University as a recipient of the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and earned the Bachelor of Music degree, Summa cum laude with College Honors at Louisiana State University, where she was a University Medalist. She studied with Richard Sherman, Katherine Kemler, and Andrea Kapell Loewy.
Dr. Chrissie Davis is a musician and educator, also known as classical crossover recording artist, Christopher Leigh. She began her music studies at the age of 10, initially taking piano lessons. When she needed a band instrument in junior high, the flute was a logical choice because her piano teacher also taught flute. The flute quickly became her primary instrument.
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, she received her BA and MA in flute performance and her DMA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her major teachers include Carolyn Brown and Danielo Mezzadri. She has also studied in masterclasses with Ian Clarke, Amy Porter, Ally Ryerson and Nina Perlove.
Dr. Davis has performed with orchestras that include: Little Rock Wind Symphony, Conway Chamber Orchestra, Pine Bluff Symphony and the East China Normal University Orchestra, Shanghai, China.
She maintains a full studio of flute and piano students, as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southern Arkansas University.
As the recording artist, Christopher Leigh, she was inspired early on by classical crossover artists Vanessa Mae and the string quartet, Bond, and later flutist/composer Ian Clarke. With the goal of presenting classical music in a way that has a broader appeal, in her debut album, Infrared, she has taken such pieces as Habanera, from Bizet’s opera Carmen and Tartini’s Devil’s Trill, and added a pop/rock twist. As a flutist, she sets herself apart from most current string crossover artists like David Garrett, Lindsey Stirling and 2Cellos. Her first Christmas album, Christmas at Home, continues in this pursuit with Mannheim Steamroller/Trans-Siberian Orchestra inspired, flute renditions of classic Christmas music, and was played on radio stations across the country this past holiday season.
Geraldine Padilla received her DMA in Flute Performance and pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her master’s degree at the Florida International University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines. Geraldine won the USM band competition in 2016 and was featured as a soloist in the Spring concert performing Hüe’s Fantaisie. She was also a member of the USM graduate flute quartet. The chamber group performed several outreach concerts in Hattiesburg, MS and was featured in the Jackson Music Guild in 2016. She was awarded a scholarship to join the Miami Summer Music Festival in 2014. Geraldine has also participated in several master classes by Raffaele Trevisani, Ulrike Anton, Robert Aitken, Terri Sundberg, Zoe Goode, and Keith Underwood.
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