I am currently in my senior year of the flute performance degree at Colorado State University. I have completed both my junior and senior recitals where I have had the opportunity to perform works by Valerie Coleman, J.S. Bach, Herman Beeftink, Allison Loggins-Hull, Franz Schubert, Raymond Guiot, Jacques Ibert, Kazuo Fukushima, Erwin Schulhoff, and Gary Schocker. Throughout my time at Colorado State University, I have participated in several ensembles including the University Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Flute Choir, and two woodwind quintets. This semester, I was selected to perform in the pit orchestra for our opera production of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” and I will have the honor of performing the piccolo part on Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2” for our last concert of the year. Additionally, I am the president of the Mu Tau Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women’s music fraternity. In March of this year, I was selected as the winner of the Joanne Kyhl Memorial Performance Competition hosted by the alumnae chapter in Denver, Colorado. I also regularly volunteer to perform for services at the Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church.
After I complete my bachelor’s degree, I will continue my education at Colorado State University to earn master’s degrees in both flute performance and arts management. My goal is to one day perform in a symphony orchestra while also holding an executive position for a nonprofit music organization. I am especially passionate about the ability of music to connect people across international borders. This was inspired by my participation in the Longmont International Friendship Exchange Band in which I had the opportunity to perform with fellow students from my school district in Colorado along with students of Tokai Suwa Senior High School in Chino, Japan. I hope to further explore how more incredible opportunities like this can be created for student musicians. In order to help achieve this goal, I am creating a proposal for a new music-focused study abroad program to serve as my University Honors Program Thesis. My hope is that this program will actually be implemented at the university in the future.
You can find Jenna’s 2022 Spring Music Competition flute performance here.