The Texas Flute Society proudly recognizes the following members for their commitment to the Texas Flute Society.
Min Hee Sophia Kim
Min Hee Sophia Kim is an active and passionate flautist and educator based in Dallas. She received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Min Hee is a laureate of several competitions, including the 2011 USA Yamaha Young Artist Competition, Grand Prize winner for the Edu-Classic Concours in 2016, as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the Tammora Student Musical Competition, and 2nd place in the Jeju Flute Society Competition in South Korea. She participated in the Vianden Music Festival in year 2010, 2011 and 2012. She gave her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016.
Matthew Haire received the Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma State University, the Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music, and the Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He has performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Oklahoma Community Orchestra, and his teachers include Thomas Nyfenger, Alain Marion, and Amy Porter. A member of the Arioso Consort, he is also Principal Flute of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival Orchestra. Mr. Haire’s family advises the Donna Marie Theisen Haire Memorial Fund – named after his late mother – that sponsors the annual Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition, a national competition for high school flutists held in Denton, Texas, each spring. Mr. Haire serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma, and represents the State in criminal cases in state and federal courts. He is licensed to practice in seven federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court. As the designated representative of the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General, Mr. Haire sits on the Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on fashioning jury instructions for criminal trials.
Kathryn González (Vinod)
Kathryn González (Vinod) spends her days working in the exciting field of advertising analytics, and performs regularly in the DFW area with several ensembles. She received a BM in Flute Performance and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. Her teachers/flute superheroes include Christine Cleary, Kara Kirkendoll Welch and Deborah Baron.
Larry Bailey is a longstanding contributing member of the Texas Flute Society, having served on its board since 2001. An amateur flutist, he has performed with the Plano Community Band for over 25 years and served as principal flute with the New Life Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2012. Larry holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in computer science from Southern Methodist University. His flute teachers include Debbie Ragsdale, Claire Johnson, Helen Blackburn and Terri Sánchez.
Janice Spooner performs with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, and Northeast Orchestra. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Flutissimo! Flute Choir. She also performs with the Gold ‘n Ivory Duo, the Philharmonic Winds Woodwind Quintet, and the Texas Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. Her teachers include her mother, Dean Corey, Dr. George Morey, Jeanne Larson and she currently studies with Jan Crisanti. Janice is a graduate of the University of North Texas with majors in Spanish and English. She is a retired Spanish teacher where she was the sponsor and choreographer of the Richland HS Fiesta Dancers. Her daughter also performs with Flutissimo!
Ann Vinod is a longstanding member of the Texas Flute Society and has served on its board since 2008 in various positions including trustee, president, vice president, competition coordinator and clinician coordinator. She is responsible for partnering with the family of Donna Marie Haire to establish a major competition in Mrs. Haire’s name for school age flutists. She performs regularly with the Northeast Orchestra. Her former teachers include Judith Bentley, Robert Willoughby, and Connie Alleshouse. Ann holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts. Both Ann’s mother and daughter play flute.
Marianne Gedigian, Associate Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at Austin, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Guest Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Guest Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and the Round Top Institute.
Debbie Ragsdale is principal flutist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and associate professor of flute at Collin College. Currently, she serves as president of the McKinney Musical Arts Society and as a board member of Mount Vernon Music. A past president of the Texas Flute Society, she now co-chairs the Myrna Brown Competition with Pam Adams. Her undergraduate work was done at the University of North Texas; and more recently, she received her Master’s degree in flute performance from Southern Methodist University in 2004. Former teachers include George Morey, Clem Barone, Jean Larson, and her mother, Myrna Brown. She and her husband Rick live in McKinney and are the parents of five children.
Marilyn Arey began studying flute in middle adulthood. She has appreciated and enjoyed the friendships and welcoming attitude of the North Texas Flute Community. In addition to her involvement in the Texas Flute Society, she serves on the NFA Amateur Resource Committee. Her teachers include Claire Johnson, Emmanuelle Saive, and Marshall Head. Marilyn holds a BBA in accounting, and an MA in professional development.
Terri Sundberg is currently Professor of Flute and a member of the North Texas Chamber Winds at the University of North Texas. She has held the position of Principal Flute with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, The Haydenfestspie Orchestra in Austria and the New Hampshire Music Festival, and also played with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Opera, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She has been on the faculty of several international music festivals, and has presented masterclasses and performed solo and chamber recitals across the Unite States and abroad. Her students have won professional positions, summer festival positions, fellowships, and prizes in competitions throughout the United States. Professor Sundberg’s degrees are from Yale University and Lawrence Conservatory, and her principal teachers have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Thomas Nyfenger, and Ernestine Whitman.