Jinyoung Susanna (Choi) Paik is a founding member of New York Flutists. She is the also founder and artistic director of Floutes, a flute ensemble formed out of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since its establishment in 2015, she has led the ensemble to perform all throughout the United States and South Korea and performed the world premier of Joel Hoffman’s Self-Portrait with Orlando at the 44th National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California. In addition, Jinyoung is the music director of Miclot Production; a nonprofit theater organization where she collaborates theatrical plays with live instrumental performances.
As an accomplished soloist and orchestral musician, Jinyoung is the winner of the Piccolo Masterclass Competition at the 43rd NFA Convention held in Washington, D.C. She travels globally every year, notably teaching at the 35th Concert World Jeju Music Festival in South Korea and at the Festival MusicAlp in France, where she studied with professors from the Paris Conservatory. Jinyoung was also invited to perform at Treetops Chamber Music Society where she played in the masterclass with renowned musician Charles Neidich. She had also played in the masterclasses for the Berlin Wind Quartet, Laurie Sokoloff, Jennifer Gunn, Susan Hoeppner, and Gary Schocker. She has performed several recitals and concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Werner Recital Hall, Watson Hall, Cohen Studio Theater, Hubbard Recital Hall, and the Purchase Recital Hall.
Jinyoung's musical education started at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, then continued on to Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College studying under Soo-Kyung Park and Bonnie Lichter. She earned both her BM and MM in Flute Performance at SUNY Purchase under Dr. Tara O’Connor. She then attended New York University for her Advanced Certificate while serving as an adjunct instructor at NYU’s Steinhardt School. She received her DMA in flute performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Bradley Garner.
Jinyoung has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Achievement in Chamber Music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sydney O. Perlman Award for Advancement in Music, and LaGuardia Outstanding Performance Award. In addition to New York Flutists and Floutes ensemble, she holds assistant principle position at the New York Wind Orchestra.
Currently working toward a Master’s degree in Instrumental Performance, Grace Quigley studies the flute with Soo-Kyung Park at New York University Steinhardt. She performs frequently with the NYU Orchestra as well as the NYU New Music Ensemble. Before moving to New York, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Grove City College, where she studied with David Tessmer.
Grace has performed in masterclasses led by Katharine Rawdon and David Kim, and has also attended several prestigious summer programs such as Oxford Flute Summer School, Carnegie Mellon University’s The Consummate Flutist, and West Virginia University’s International Flute Symposium. An accomplished soloist, she was awarded first place honors in the Elite International Music Competition, which allowed her to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a finalist in the Butler Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and has performed J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the NYU Orchestra.
Grace is passionate about chamber music and considers it one of the most rewarding musical outlets. She has been a member and director of several wind quintets and flute ensembles before she became a part of New York Flutists. When not playing the flute, Grace enjoys loitering at secondhand bookshops and reading her spoils at coffee shops around the city.
ESTHER HYUNG LEE
Texas-born flutist Esther Hyung Lee moved to Korea when she was seven years old. After she began her flute studies at age 14, she attended Kay Won High School of Arts and studied with Eun Kyung Kim, Young Ok Kim, and Yeon Hwa Song.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Sook Myung Women’s University in Korea under the guidance of Mi Sook Kim, Ms. Lee returned to the United States and studied with Soo-Kyung Park. She received her Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music studying under Linda Chesis, then continued her education at Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Artist Diploma under Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza. Ms. Lee has been the recipient of merit scholarships at Sook Myung University and MSM, as well as a prestigious full scholarship at CMU.
Furthermore, Ms. Lee has performed in various masterclasses led by world-renowned artists, including Jasmine Choi, Peter-Lukas Graf, Lorna McGhee, Michael Parloff, and Karl-Heinz Schultz. An active soloist, she has held numerous recitals and concerts in halls such as Korea Kumho Art Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Carnegie Mellon Institute, Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, and Lincoln Center in New York.
Currently, Ms. Lee serves as a member of MTA Artist, Blooming Flute Ensemble, NY Flutists, and New York Wind Orchestra. She spends most of her time teaching privately and is a cat enthusiast.
Flutist and self-taught artist Lareine Han has extensive domestic and international experience in magazines, artist management, marketing, concert promotion, instrument repair, sales, performing, education, consulting, and more. With formal studies of the flute starting at the age of 16 with flutist Ui-Kyung Park in Seoul, Han has studied the flute in all of its diverse facets.
Han received her Master's degree in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Soo-Kyung Park and Keith Underwood at New York University, where she served as an adjunct instructor. Han has an exceptionally strong ardor for baroque flute. She've had private studies with baroque flutist David Ross in NYC. Han received her Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance and Music Education at Konkuk University in Seoul, studying with flutists Sooann Chung and Soohyun Paik.
During her last year in undergraduate studies, Han started working at several production agencies for a heuristic approach to self-discovery. With growing enthusiasm in the profession and arts industry, she continued her Master's Degree in Art Administration at Ewha Women's University in Seoul while working as the Chief Coordinator at a Korean flute magazine company and the Korea Flute Educators Association. Han’s work helped the magazine “Flute & Flutist” develop its contents.
Since Han moved to the United States in 2013, she has often shared and developed her various talents by collaborating with artists and companies in diverse fields. She has also become a disciple of the best flute technician Yongin Namkung in NYC, and Straubinger Flutes in Indianapolis, IN, and has been serving as a managing director at SKP Consulting and Management (flute education & career-related consulting and management). Han is a faculty member at the Music Department of Molloy College (Long Island, NY) from Fall 2017.
Flutist and piccoloist Julie Lee is an active performer, educator, project manager, concert promoter, and writer based in New York and New Jersey. Born in Vancouver and raised in Seoul, Julie began her flute studies from age 10, showing perfect pitch and impressive memory. Julie moved to the United States in 2006 to broaden her musical horizons, attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She continued her studies at Mannes School of Music for her Bachelor of Music degree and then received her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating Carnegie Mellon, Julie was selected as a recipient of the Harry G. Archer Award for Graduate Performance Excellence and the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize.
In 2016, Julie won the Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Concerto Competition, subsequently making her solo debut performing Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto in D Major with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also received second prize at the New York Flute Club Competition, first prize at the Korea Music Education News Competition, and the grand prize at the Arum Broadcasting Music Competition.
An active orchestral player, Julie currently serves as principal flute of the New Jersey Sinfonietta and subs with the New World Symphony in Miami. In 2015, she was chosen to perform principal flute in Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra. An avid chamber musician mastering works ranging from Baroque to Contemporary periods, Julie has performed with the Baroque Ensemble at Mannes and Carnegie Mellon, as well as the Contemporary Ensemble at Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed regularly at prestigious venues throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Symphony Space.
Julie appeared in summer festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Korea including the National Repertory Orchestra, Orford Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Institute. She has performed for world-renowned flutists in masterclasses including Michel Debost, Mathieu Dufour, Robert Langevin, Michael Parloff, Elizabeth Rowe, and many more. Throughout her youth, Julie served as Young Artist at the Boston Flute Academy, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the Seoul Arts Center. Her principal teachers include Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Judy Grant, So-Young Lee, Soo-Kyung Park, Nancy Stagnitta, and Keith Underwood.
Sarah Abrams is a flute and piccolo player living in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music while studying under Kathryn Lukas. Aside from her commitment to the performing arts, Sarah is also invested in art history; and as such, she holds a minor in Art History in addition to her performance degree. During her time at IU, Sarah has participated in various chamber and large ensembles, and has received numerous awards such as the Jacobs School of Music Premier Young Artist Award, Bernard Opperman Memorial Scholarship, and the Robert Cowles Scholarship for her studies.
Sarah is currently working toward a Master of Music degree at New York University under the guidance of Soo-Kyung Park. In addition to teaching privately, she teaches flute lessons as Adjunct Instructor at NYU. She is a part of the NYU orchestra and various chamber ensembles, and is a member of New York Flutists.
To date, Sarah has attended and performed at two National Flute Association Conventions. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, she previously studied with Sara Hydo and Christina Smith, the principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, yoga, and engaging in the creative arts such as painting and writing.
A believer in music’s uniting powers, flutist Edna Jeon brings to the stage her innovativeness and openness of mind as a soloist, collaborator, and orchestral musician. She has been praised for her charismatic stage presence, impressive technique, and thoughtful approach to music in repertoire ranging from Bach sonatas to contemporary works such as Ian Clarke’s Zoom Tube.
Passionate in audience engagement, Ms. Jeon has worked with a small team of musicians to design and perform “Playing with Food,” a fully integrated dining and concert experience at a Pittsburgh restaurant. She is also an enthusiastic advocate of collaboration and has premiered The Mermaid for Solo Flute by Chelsea Komschlies. In addition, she has appeared as a guest artist at the 12th Ahava Charity Music Concert, a fundraising concert series held in South Korea, and has been a part of distinguished festivals such as Eastern Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Miami Music Festival, and Festival Napa Valley.
Ms. Jeon currently resides in Pittsburgh, where she recently completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to her hometown in California and visiting the sea lions at Pier 39.
Originally from Hefei, Anhui province in China, flutist Zimeng Wang now resides in New York while attending New York University. She began studying the flute at age 12 with Zhuang Tianand earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance with Jie Han from the University of Xiamen in China. A passionate learner, she became the principal flute of her school’s orchestra by the third year of her undergraduate career. She recently claimed first place in the 2018 Elite International Music Competition in New York. Her teachers in US include Cleo Leung and Soo-Kyung Park.
Zimeng is also enthusiastic in research and is an avid writer. In addition to her studies in music performance, she has conducted a research project on traditional Chinese music. She is the author of her own blog now on its third year, and she has been published on China National Travel magazine in 2016, which featured her article describing her experience of traveling in Japan.
SungAe Song is a South Korean flutist and traverso player who has been appointed as second flutist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra since the 2017-2018 season. She is an instructor of flute at St. Paul School of Music in Minnesota and also maintains a private teaching studio for both Classical and Baroque flute.
A passionate soloist, Song won various music competitions in South Korea. While she was studying with Hye-Ran Park at SungShin Women’s University, she gave a debut concert performance as one of few outstanding students chosen by faculty within the various universities in Seoul. She won positions with the Seoul Academy Orchestra, SeongNam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra within four years following her graduation from SungShin while also launching her teaching career.
Song moved to New York to study with Judith Mendenhall and earned her Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes School of Music. While at Mannes, she participated in masterclasses and music festivals taught by artists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Karl-Heinz Schütz. She also performed several recitals and concerts in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Mannes Concert Hall, and Symphony Space Hall. She received first prize in New York Artists International Competition and performed a winners concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Following her studies at Mannes, Song attended University of Minnesota with a CLA fellowship and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Immanuel Davis. While pursuing her DMA, she began to explore the Baroque flute and showcased many Baroque pieces on her solo and chamber concerts. She has participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program to expand her passion while learning from Wilbert Hazelzet, a professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
In addition to playing with the Mankato Symphony, Song has been a Baroque flutist with the Oratory Bach Ensemble since 2017. She is also one of the directors of the Korean Flute Society and the Korean Flute Association. When away from the flute, Song enjoys embroidery and crochet and likes to create delicious meals in the kitchen.