2021 Parasky Flute Studios
Virtual Solo Adjudication Festival
The Parasky Flute Studios is pleased to announce it's second annual virtual event!
The studio is going to sponsor an Adjudication Festival for 2021 as opposed to the Virtual Solo Competition that was held in 2020.
This festival is open to anyone with no residency requirements. Participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants in each age category and registrations will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. This website and the registration form will be updated when an age division fills and a waiting list is activated.
REGISTRATION is required by 8 PM EST on February 25, 2021 (no exceptions).
A Registration Fee of $30 is required in order for your video to be evaluated.
Electronic invoices will be emailed within 48 hours of registration form submission through PayPal or Quickbooks. Payment will be due within 5 days of invoice receipt and will be accepted electronically.
Performance videos should be uploaded to a personal YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox account with a shareable link emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 PM EST on February 28, 2021 (no exceptions). The repertoire choice should be presented in a continuous unedited performance and the face and hands of the soloist must be visible.
Name your video audition file as "firstname"."lastname"."division.pfs" - Example john.smith.elementarydivision.pfs
Choose ONE of the options below in your age category to record and submit for adjudication. Repertoire other than what is listed below will not be evaluated. High School Division and Undergraduate Division candidates may include a second video of the listed piccolo selection.
Elementary Division (Grades 5-6)
Option 1: Starlit Sky from Solo Spotlight by Ricky Lombardo (Lombardo Music Publications)
Option 2: Number 24. You Know It's Good For You from The Modern Flute Player by Mike Mower (Itchy Finger Publications)
Option 3: Marcello: Sonata in F Major, II. Allegro from Flute 102: Mastering The Basic by George and Louke (Theodore Presser). Present with no piano accompaniment.
Middle Division (Grades 7-8)
Option 1: Dorff: Woodland Reverie (Theodore Presser)
Option 2: Number 38.Quite Dim from The Modern Flute Player by Mike Mower (Itchy Finger Publications)
Option 3: Godard: Allegretto from Flute 103 Mastering The Basic by George and Louke (Theodore Presser). Present with no piano accompaniment.
High School Division (Grades 9-12)
Option 1: Telemann: Any complete Telemann Fantasia from the 12 Fantasias for Flute without Bass, TWV 40:2-13 (any edition). No repeats. Include ornamentation if desired.
Option 2: Baxtresser, Jeanne: Selected Excerpts from Orchestral Excerpts for Flute Volume 1 (Theodore Presser)
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Excerpt 1 (rehearsal 2-4)
Bach: "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, "Eroica"
Option 3: Halistork: Flute Set (Theodore Presser). Present any three movements from the Flute Set.
High School Division Candidates may also include a second video for piccolo adjudication of Vivaldi: Largo from the Concerto in C Major RV 443, P.79 F.VI no. 4 (any edition). No Repeats. Include ornamentation if desired. Present with no piano accompaniment.
Undergraduate Division (enrolled in undergraduate studies through April 1, 2021)
Option 1: Muczynski: Three Preludes, Op. 18 (Schirmer)
Option 2: Baxtresser, Jeanne: Selected Excerpts from the Orchestral Excerpts for Flute Volumes 1 and 2 (Theodore Presser)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (Volume 1)
Stravinksy: Petrouchka, Excerpt 1 (Volume 1)
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (Volume 2)
Williams: Hagrid's Friendly Bird from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Volume 2)
Option 3: Coleman: Danza de la Mariposa (Theodore Presser)
Undergraduate Division Candidates may also include a second video for piccolo adjudication of Chamberlain: Death Whistle, III. #PiccolOhMyGod
Judges have been selected to provide detailed comment sheets of your performance! Comment sheets will be distributed electronically on or before April 10, 2021.
Elementary Division and Middle Division Judges
Wendy Kumer, Owner of the Flute Academy and Kumer Flute Studios
John Samuel Roper, Principal Flute at the Long Bay Symphony and Owner of John Samuel Roper's Flute Studio
High School and Undergraduate Division Judges
Jennifer Gunn, Principal Piccolo - Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Faculty at Northwestern College
Dr. Brittany Trotter, Faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Dickinson College and Duquesne University and Owner of Trotter Flute Studios
Hailed for her “virtuosic poise” by the Chicago Tribune and as “a dazzling piccolo virtuoso” by the Palm Beach Daily Herald, Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005. In December 2020, the position was endowed as the Dora and John Aalbregtse Piccolo Chair.
Since joining the CSO, she has been active in the life of the Orchestra many ways including performances on the CSO’s contemporary music series, MusicNow, CSO Chamber series and Once Upon a Symphony series designed for families with young children. Gunn has also served as a piccolo and flute coach for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, participated in the Dream Out Loud Music Education Advocacy Campaign and joined Maestro Riccardo Muti for several of the programs for at-risk and incarcerated youth at Chicago area juvenile justice centers.
Equally at home on the flute or the piccolo, Gunn has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra on many occasions. She made her flute solo debut under the direction of Ludovic Morlot on the MusicNow series playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes in 2007. One year later, she made her piccolo debut under the direction of Harry Bicket playing Vivaldi’s C Major Concerto RV443 on the CSO’s subscription series. Gunn has also been featured as a flutist on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti with her CSO colleagues under the direction of both Nicholas Kraemer and Pinchas Zukerman. In March of 2019, Gunn will be featured as piccolo soloist under the direction of Music Director Riccardo Muti playing Vivaldi’s C major Concerto RV444, and also playing the CSO premiere of Ken Benshoof’s Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra.
Gunn has enjoyed many occasions to join musician colleagues from the Chicago area and around the world in a variety of performance settings. In the Chicago area, she has been a guest with the Bach Week Festival, Dempster Pro Musica, Music of the Baroque, and the Civitas Ensemble. Outside of Chicago, Gunn has enjoyed collaborating with musicians at music festivals such as the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, KS, Buzzards Bay Music Festival in Marion, MA, Arizona Music Festival in Scottsdale, AZ, and the St. Barth’s Music Festival in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies. She can also be heard on recordings featuring the music of composers Mason Bates, Anna Clyne, and Victoria Bond, as well CSO orchestra recordings on the CSO Resound Label.
In demand as a clinician, Gunn has taught masterclasses around the world including a regular summer class at Orford Musique in Canada and served as a guest artist at the 2018 International Piccolo Festival in Grado, Italy. She is a frequent guest at universities around the country teaching flute and piccolo masterclasses including classes at Carnegie Hall, University of Texas Butler School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri- Kansas City, and Northwestern University. Gunn has also been involved as an orchestral coach with the National Youth Symphony (NYO), and the New World Symphony.
Gunn has held previous orchestra positions including Assistant Principal Flute of the Louisville Orchestra, Principal Flute of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Second Flute of the Wheeling Symphony. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University (PA), where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. She had additional studies at the University of Akron (OH) with George Pope and Mary Kay Robinson.
She is married to Jonathan Gunn, Professor of Clarinet at University of Texas Butler School of Music.
Dr. Brittany Trotter
Prize-winning flutist Dr. Brittany Trotter leads a versatile and fulfilling career as a solo and orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. Dr. Trotter has been awarded first prize in numerous national and regional competitions including the Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition in woodwinds in the states of West Virginia (2017, 2016), Wyoming (2015, 2014), and Mississippi (2014).
Dr. Trotter has performed and presented at regional and national flute conventions including the Southern Flute Festival, Kentucky Flute Fair, Florida Flute Association Convention, Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and the National Flute Association Convention. She has played with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. An advocate of new music, she enjoys working with emerging composers, commissioning, and premiering new works. Her involvement with new music ensemble, Alia Musica, has resulted in regional and world premieres in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
In addition to her extensive performance experience, Dr. Trotter has presented her research and pedagogical insights at numerous conferences with topics ranging from “hAPPily practicing,” “Beatboxing 101,” to specialized topics like “The Flute Works of Valerie Coleman.” Recently, Trotter was named a winner of the National Flute Association's 2020 Graduate Research Competition and WVU's Mary Ferrer Award for her doctoral dissertation, "Examining Musical Hybridity and Cultural Influences in Valerie Coleman's Wish Sonatine and Fanmi Imèn".
Equally committed to the advocacy of music education and community engagement, Dr. Trotter engages with low-income black and multicultural youth through her position as the Flute Teaching Artist at the Hope Academy of Music and Art, and as the Program Coordinator of the Hip Hop Orchestra Summer Music Camp. Trotter is also actively involved in the non-profit sector. She serves as the publicity chair for Flute New Music Consortium and is the Junior High Competition Coordinator for the National Flute Association where she also serves on the Career and Artistic Development Committee.
Currently, Dr. Trotter serves on the faculty of Dickinson College and West Virginia Wesleyan College as Instructor of Flute. She also serves on the musicianship faculty at Duquesne University where she instructs a course in the history of hip hop. As primary and secondary music educator, Dr. Trotter maintains a vibrant private traditional and Suzuki flute studio in the greater Pittsburgh area and teaches beginner woodwinds at Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Trotter holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a certificate in University Teaching from West Virginia University. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her former teachers include Nina Assimakopoulous, Dr. Nicole Riner, and Dr. Danilo Mezzadri.
Outside her professional performing and teaching life, she enjoys running, crafting, and reading.
John Samuel Roper
Flutist John Samuel Roper enjoys a dynamic and exciting career as a sought after performer and teaching artist in the low country of South Carolina. In addition to his position as Principal Flutist with the Long Bay Symphony, John Samuel has performed orchestrally on flute and piccolo throughout the Southeast with ensembles such as the Charlotte, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Beaufort Symphony Orchestras. Praised for his pure tone, effortless technique, and innate musicality, Roper is most at home playing chamber music and solo recitals, and has been performing countless concerts since winning the First Prize in the Atlanta Flute Club's 2005 Young Artist Competition.
As a passionate advocate for excellence in flute pedagogy, John Samuel currently works with young flutists throughout the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester II County school systems, and he maintains a thriving private studio. He is regularly engaged both as a clinician and consultant, and has given numerous masterclasses to flutists of all ages. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Roper was the Instructor of Flute at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He has also served as Instructor of Flute at Claflin University and visiting Flute Instructor at Coastal Carolina University.
John Samuel earned his M.M. in Flute Performance thanks to a full-scholarship at the University of Minnesota, and his B.M. in Flute Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Georgia State University. He also studied as a scholarship recipient at the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, during its 2009 and 2010 Summer Music Festivals. His most influential teachers include Tara Helen O’Connor, Keith Underwood, Christina Smith, Paul Brittan, Carl Hall, and Immanuel Davis.
Wendy Webb Kumer graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University with a major in Music Education then earned a masters degree in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon, Slippery Rock and Duquesne Universities, Mercyhurst College and most recently West Liberty State College teaching Flute, Music Theory, Ear Training, Woodwind Methods, and Flute Choir. Ms. Kumer is the founder and director of The Flute Academy, a full service music school for more than 70 flutists in classes, lessons and ensembles who perform throughout western Pennsylvania. She is an Artist/Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation, Music For All and Bands of America, former Secretary for The Marcel Moyse Society, Past President of the Pittsburgh Flute Club, and a guest artist at several universities. Her yearly performance schedule includes solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and regular church appearances. Wendy conducted the National High School Flute Choir at the 2002 NFA convention, served as Secretary for the NFA from 2003-05, served as Local Arrangements Chair for the 2006 NFA convention, and assisted the Program Chair for the 2007 NFA convention. She was named “Teacher of the Year” by PMTA in 2007. Now in her studio for her 35th year, she maintains that EVERY student is her FAVORITE one EVER!
Dan Parasky is a professionally trained flutist whose passion lies within teaching private flute lessons. He is on the faculty of both the Newlonsburg Music Academy (Pittsburgh East) and the P.Y.C.O. School of Music (Pittsburgh North). The Parasky Flute Studios opened its’ doors in September 1999 and has since produced multiple award winning students. The following auditions have featured studio winners/finalists: The International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, The Consummate Flutist at Carnegie Mellon University, The National Flute Association Competitions including the High School Soloist, High School Flute Choir, Collegiate Flute Choir and the Professional Flute Choir Competition; the Bands of America Rose Bowl Honors Marching Band and the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Additionally, several students have had the privilege to perform in concert with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on international tours. Studio members also consistently perform, place and win at local and regional auditions/music festivals. Graduates of the Parasky Flute Studios have moved on to study music in college at the undergraduate and graduate level in order to start their own full-time careers in music.
As a musician, Mr. Parasky is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conductor. He is a new music enthusiast with several commissions and multiple world premieres performed. Solo engagements feature recital programs with diverse repertoire from all musical time periods. As a chamber musician, he co-founded the PM Woodwind Project, a flute and clarinet duo that is dedicated towards educational outreach for both the non-professional and professional music community. Parasky has been invited back to conduct both the 2021 Virtual Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir and the 2022 Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir! He conducted that particular ensemble in both 2019 and 2014. Dan is also scheduled to direct a flute choir reading session at an upcoming National Flute Association Flute Convention (the event was cancelled in August of 2020).
As a clinician, Mr. Parasky has presented a wide range of topics at the National Flute Convention, The Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and at local colleges in and around Pittsburgh. Topics range from the pedagogical and business components to studying and teaching the flute in addition to performance themed classes. He was the temporary instructor of applied flute for the first half of the 2019 Spring Term at Slippery Rock University and recently served as an adjudicator for the 2020 National High School Soloist Competition and the 2017 Flute Choir Composition Competition as sponsored by the National Flute Association.
Most people have no idea what they want to do when they are 10 years old but Mr. Parasky knew that the flute was going to be the driving force of his life within the first 6 months of learning the instrument. By the age of 13, he absolutely knew that he wanted to be a private flute teacher with his own studio and started to take the appropriate steps to make that happen. Teaching the flute was simply his calling in life and nothing could have prevented it from happening!
Dan graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Music in Music Education (4.0 GPA) and earned an undergraduate degree (cum laude) in Music Performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Damian Bursill-Hall. His formative years of training were completed with Wendy Webb Kumer. Mr. Parasky served the National Flute Association as the Competition Coordinator for the High School Flute Choir (2014-2019) and is on the Board of Directors for the Newlonsburg Music Academy as the administrator. Parasky has won competitions with the National Flute Association and the International Low Flute Festival. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Jackie. A complete curriculum vitae and student award list is available upon request. Mr. Parasky performs on a Heavy Wall Brannen-Cooper flute.