The Seventh Annual University of Virginia Flute Forum featuring Amy Porter

March 25, 2023 - 8:00am
Old Cabell Hall

UVA Flute Forum 2023
March 25, 2023 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

The Department of Music is pleased to present the seventh annual University of Virginia Flute Forum on Saturday, March 25, 2023. The UVA Flute Forum is a day-long flute festival which features masterclasses, interactive workshops, and recitals. All events are free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their flutes to participate in a flute choir reading session!

This year's Forum will feature international soloist Amy Porter alongside guest artists Sarah Frisof, Moon Kim, Willie Santiago, and Cari Shipp.

T​his event is supported by the Eleanor Shea Music Trust​.

Schedule of events

Schedule to be announced.

Although all events are free and open to the public, participants are encouraged to register in advance for the UVA Flute Forum.

Registration for this event can be found here

For more information, please contact Kelly Sulick at

The UVA Flute Forum Competition

The UVA Flute Forum Collegiate Competition is a FREE competition open to any undergraduate student currently enrolled at a college or university who is taking applied flute lessons (entrants do not need to be majoring in music).

Up to three winners will be selected to perform in a masterclass for Jennifer Grim at the sixth annual University of Virginia Flute Forum on Saturday, March 25, 2023 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Those interested in entering should submit a recording of the piece they would like to perform in the masterclass. Pieces written for flute and piano should be recorded with piano accompaniment (SmartMusic or other pre-recorded accompaniment is acceptable). Winners are responsible for bringing their own pianists to the masterclass.

To enter, please submit an unedited audio recording as a file attachment (or a link to an online posting of the audio recording), to Include your name, email address, telephone number, and name of your current flute instructor. Entries are due by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2023. Winners will be announced by March 1, 2023.

Questions may be sent to Good luck!


Amy Porter
Amy Porter

Flutist Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. In a versatile and distinguished career as a concert performer, she has become one of the most skillful and creative muses for composers of our time. Ms. Porter has been hailed for her “strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection, and a sense of humor.”

Her performances of American flute concerti have won critical acclaim. When she performed her commissioned concerto Trail of Tears by Michael Daugherty with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in January 2020, one reviewer wrote, "Porter's appearance with a modern piece in which such embedding of the guest artist with the vehicle shone so brightly seems to me a high point in the ICO's recent history." She recorded and performed the work with the Albany (NY) Symphony in May 2015, prompting the Albany Times Union to write: "The focus remained on Porter’s beautiful tone color and Daugherty’s imaginative deployment of the orchestra." American Record Guide has lauded her playing for having "an innocent American lyricism..." and a reviewer for noted that “Amy Porter deeply imbues her performance with a sense of narrative and of speech and, yes, drama.”

This captivating performer was described by Carl Cunningham in the Houston Post as having “succeeded in avoiding all the overdone playing styles of the most famous flutists today.” In American Record Guide, flutist Christopher Chaffee wrote, “If you have not heard her playing, you should.” Ms. Porter “played with graceful poise,” noted Allan Kozinn in The New York Times. And Geraldine Freedman, writing in the Albany Gazette, commented, “Amy Porter showed that she’s not only very versatile but that she can do everything well. She chose a program that tested every aspect of her playing from a Baroque sensibility to using the instrument as a vehicle of sound effects, and she met each challenge with passion, skill and much musicality.”

Ms. Porter has been a featured soloist with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and with the Atlanta, Houston, Omaha, Delaware, Albany, Flint, Billings, Battle Creek, Arkansas, and Elgin symphony orchestras. She has twice appeared in recital at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, as well as at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Her collaborators have included such distinguished conductors as Joanne Falletta, Nicholas McGegan, Ransom Wilson, David Alan Miller, Yoel Levi, Thomas Wilkins, José-Luis Gomez, Enrique Diemecke, David Amado, Anne Harrigan, and Christopher Confessore. She has given premieres of works by Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joel Puckett, Christopher Caliendo, Katherine Hoover, and Frank Ticheli, among others.

Winner of the 3rd Kobe International Flute Competition in 1993 and the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in 2000, Ms. Porter has served on international juries around the world, including the 6th Kobe International Flute Competition in 2005. She has been heard in recital on National Public Radio; highlighted on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, and featured on the covers and as a writer for the magazines Flute Talk in the USA and The Flute in Japan. In 2006 Ms. Porter became the first performing artist to be awarded the University of Michigan’s Henry Russel Award for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher. Her popular study guide on the German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert elicited the following comment from the Spanish Flute Society: “Strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection and a sense of humor characterize the impressive American flautist Amy Porter.”

She has won praise both as a recording artist and as a chamber musician. Corinna da FonsecaWollheim, in her New York Times review of the CD In Translation: Selections from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites on the Equilibrium label, applauded Ms. Porter for her “gleaming, lyrical reading” of those works. As a member of Trio Virado with violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and guitarist João Luiz, she recorded Mangabeira, a CD featuring works by Piazzolla, Brouwer, Hand, Assad, and Luiz, about which Ken Keaton wrote in American Record Guide: “First let me say that these are fine musicians, and they present a set of performances that are unfailingly strong, expressive, and imaginative.”

Formerly a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Porter is Principal Flute of North Carolina’s Brevard Music Center, where she performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Amy Porter is the host of PorterFlute Pod podcast featuring a series of topics produced by Alan J. Tomasetti and Justine Sedky. Guests include entrepreneurs, composers, faculty colleagues, UMICH students, fellow flute players and industry experts. Her 20-year-old workshop Amy Porter's Anatomy of Sound has become Anatomy of Sound LLC and announces AOS-Wellness brand in June, 2022.

In the 2022-23 season Ms. Porter will appear with Trio Virado (violist Jaime Amador and guitarist João Luiz) in Livonia, Michigan and Dayton, Ohio. In October, Ms. Porter will appear as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic celebrating the 100th birthday of Lukas Foss performing the “Renaissance Concerto” performed in Buffalo and in Carnegie Hall and recorded by NAXOS. As founder of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association, Amy Porter will be the featured guest at the 20th Anniversary SEMFA Flute Festival in 2022.

Born in Wilmington, DE, Ms. Porter graduated from The Juilliard School and pursued further studies at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. She plays a 14K white gold flute with rose gold engraved keys made for her by the Wm. S. Haynes Co. Amy Porter is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management,


Sarah Frisof

Sarah Frisof
Equally at home in the solo, chamber, and orchestral stages, Sarah Frisof is a passionate flutist and educator.  As a soloist, Ms. Frisof was the second-prize winner of both the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition. As a committed proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Frisof frequently premieres major works. In June of 2016, Ms. Frisof and her collaborative partner, Daniel Pesca, piano, released their first album, The Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner, an authoritative recording of all of Schwantner’s major works for flute.  Her second album, Beauty Crying Forth, a survey of music by female composers across time, was released in August of 2020.

In addition to Ms. Frisof’s work as a solo artist, she is an active orchestral and chamber musician, having worked with major symphony orchestras across the country, including the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and many others. In the summers, Ms. Frisof plays with several festival orchestras including the Sunflower Festival (Topeka, KS), and Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO). Ms. Frisof is an active member of Sound Impact, a chamber collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the US and abroad through live performance, educational programs, and creative collaborations with other artists and art forms.

She has taken her passion for education to global audiences, including working with young students in Zimbabwe and Brazil.  A graduate of the Eastman School, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan, she was formerly the Professor of Flute at University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Frisof is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Maryland.


Moon Kim
Moon Kim

Moon Kim is a fourth year student at UVA majoring in economics and statistics. She is currently serving as one of three Drum Majors in the Cavalier Marching Band and has been a member of various performing arts organizations on grounds. Besides music, she also loves learning new languages and visiting museums.








Willie Santiago
Willie Santiago

Willie Santiago is a passionate performer, educator, and arts administrator based in Baltimore, Maryland. As a performer, their skills range from playing early music on the traverso to experimental contemporary music utilizing extended techniques.  They have made appearances with orchestras such as the Columbia Orchestra and the chamber orchestra Symphony Number One. They also actively perform in pit orchestras for various musicals and productions in the Baltimore-DC area. Currently, they are the Manager of Programs and Resources for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

As a chamber musician, Willie’s work has been recognized on the regional and national level. They have performed at the New Music Gathering, National Flute Association’s Annual Convention, and the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention with the flute quartet, Stranded Silver.  Also a soloist, they won third place in 2015 at the Hampton Roads Flute Faire's Collegiate Division Competition and  in 2014 placed third at the Emerging Artist Competition at the International Flute Symposium,

Willie received their M.M. in Flute Performance from East Carolina University and their B.M. in Music Education with Performance Honors from Syracuse University. They performed in masterclasses for Nina Assimakopoulos, Mario Caroli, Ian Clarke, Bradley Garner, Gary Schocker, Jim Walker, Michael Lynn, and Gwynn Roberts. They studied modern flute with Kelly Covert, Christine Gustafson, and Lisa Cella and has studied traverso with Eve Friedman. Willie has previously held fellowships with the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composer’s Conference and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College.




Cari Shipp
Cari Shipp

Cari Shipp (MM, The Peabody Conservatory) teaches and performs in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Since 2010 she has maintained a full private studio of flute and piano students and regularly provides studio classes and clinics on a wide variety of topics. In addition to appearing with orchestras such as Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the James, and The Virginia Consort, she has also been the featured soloist in concert series such as Music on Park Street, The Charlottesville Salon Series, and the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge concert series alongside pianist Jeremy Thompson. Primarily, she produces and performs in her own benefit concert series entitled SONOSYNTHESIS. These concerts are marked by top level, diverse classical repertoire made interesting and accessible to listeners of all interest levels while supporting local organizations. She lives with her husband and their three pets. Whimsies include long hikes and longer books. 












For more information, please contact Kelly Sulick at

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

The UVA Department of Music can be reached by calling 434.924.3052 or e-mailing



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