Lucille Snell is an active recitalist and teacher based in Waldorf, Maryland. She founded the Flute Choir of Southern Maryland in 2008, and the Flute Magic! Flute Camp in 2009. She retired from The United States Air Force Band in 2008 after 30 years of performing with the Concert Band. Lucy holds a Bachelors in Music Education degree from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters in Music Education from Indiana University. She currently studies with Laurie Sokoloff, retired piccoloist from the Baltimore Symphony. Lucy has been a member of the NFA Professional Flute Choir eight times, and is NFA’s incoming Flute Choir Composition Contest Coordinator. In addition, Lucy has been a performer in the Master Classes of Göran Marcusson at Wildacres Flute Retreat for 16 years. Lucy holds Permanent Professional Certification from Music Teachers National Association, and serves as Treasurer of the Flute Society of Washington, and Treasurer of the Music Teachers Association of Charles County. When not practicing, performing, teaching or attending flute events, she water skis, works crossword puzzles and reads.
Wayla Chambo is a versatile, committed performer of both new music for flute and the traditional repertoire. She is Associate Artistic Director and flutist with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, and has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Children’s Chorus, Christopher Newport University Opera, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dallas Wind Symphony, among others. She is also in demand as a chamber musician, performing frequently with Duo Thalassa, her partnership with guitarist Todd Holcomb, and with other musicians in Hampton Roads and beyond.
Chambo was Program Chair of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention and currently serves on the National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee and the Flute Society of Washington Board of Directors. Past appearances as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator include the Richmond Flute Fest, Hampton Roads Flute Faire, East Carolina University Flute Symposium, California St. University-Monterey Bay, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sweet Briar College, June in Buffalo, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society concert series.
Sarah Eckman McIver
Dr. Sarah Eckman McIver attained her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland – College Park, with a focus on modern works by flutist-composers. She began her advanced studies at McGill University in Montreal, where she developed an appreciation for historical performances and a fascination with contemporary works. While pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she wrote a thesis on electro-acoustic music for flute and computers and at the same time began studying baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk. Her primary flute teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Peter Lloyd, and Dr. William Montgomery. Sarah served as flutist and section leader with the US Army Field Band from 2003 – 2014. She was a NFA Convention Performers Competition winner in 2015, and is an active teacher and freelancer in the Baltimore/DC region. She currently serves as the enlisted leader of the 229th Army Band, Maryland Army National Guard. For more info visit sarahflute.com.
Dr. Therese Wacker, Professor of Flute at IUP, earned the D.M.A. from The Ohio State University (Katherine Borst Jones) and the M.M. from the University of Wyoming (Katherine Kemler). As a member of the AF Band she toured the US and Europe as a performer and clinician. She has written articles for Flute Talk, The Instrumentalist, The Flute Examiner and is contributing editor to The Complete Piccolo, her CD Impressions for Piccolo and Piano is available through CD Baby or by contacting her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org, ThereseWacker.com.
Laura Benning is a member of the Columbia Orchestra, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Quaternity flute quartet, and member/manager of DCFlutes ensemble. She has performed with the Maryland Symphony, Avanti Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony, Pan American Symphony, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, NIH Philharmonia, the Great Noise Ensemble, and Metropolitan Orchestra. She is a 14-time winner of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir competition, winner of the 2016 NFA Convention Performers competition, and performed two works written for her at the 2012 National Convention in Las Vegas; “Echoes of Narcissus” for two piccolos and piano by Melvin Lauf, Jr., and “Harmony and Blue and Gold” for flute quartet by Eric Ewazen. She has performed in masterclasses for Amy Porter, Ian Clarke, Goran Marcusson, Sarah Jackson, and Bart Feller. She is on the board of The Flute Society of Washington, past treasurer, director of the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and freelances throughout the Washington DC metro area. She was the Local Arrangements Chair for the 2015 NFA Convention in Washington DC. She had degrees in accounting and music from James Madison University. Teachers include Aaron Goldman, Carol Kniebusch Noe, and Randi Jean Bly.
Tanya Haley, a native Coloradan, received a B.A. in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, where she studied with Alexa Still. She has been a member of the Columbia Flute Choir (Sharyn Byer, Director) since 2010, with whom she has played at The White House, The Kennedy Center, the International Low Flutes Convention, and at the National Flute Association convention. She also played with the Low Flutes Committee ensemble under the direction of Ali Ryerson at the NFA convention. Tanya was a member of the organizing committee for the first International Low Flutes Festival in 2018. She is honored to serve on the Board of the Flute Society of Washington. When she is not playing the flute, she enjoys working with children as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Bethesda, MD!