The Texas Flute Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition.
Brian Allred: 1st Place and Best Performance of Commissioned Work
Flutist Brian Allred enjoys a varied repertoire with a particular interest in contemporary music. Brian recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas where he served as the flute Graduate Teaching Assistant and studied with Michael Gordon of the Kansas City Symphony and Dr. Sarah Frisof. He won first place in the 2016 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Contemporary Performance Competition at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Brian performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Golden Classical Music Awards. He has also been a prizewinner in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition and a finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition. Brian served as music director/conductor of the Kansas City Flute Choir and currently serves as Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and flutist in the Additive Color Ensemble.
Brian received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom. Brian performed with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and as soloist with the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. In addition to his studies and performing in Birmingham, Brian developed an interest in Baroque flute and won first prize in the 2013 Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize. During his undergraduate study at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Brian performed regularly with a number of ensembles including the Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with the Crane Symphony Orchestra.
Hailing from Plano, TX, Brian spent his formative years as a musician playing both violin and flute in school. During his time in Potsdam, NY, he developed a love for dance, embracing his musical knowledge as a choreographer and performer. Brian continues to expand his involvement in the arts, exploring new avenues for sharing his work with new audiences.
Martin is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of North Texas and formerly served as a Teaching Fellow. In addition to his studies and activities in music, he also teaches dance and color guard.
Abby Easterling: 2nd Place
Abby Easterling is a graduate student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studies with Leone Buyse. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where her teachers were Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow. Among other honors, she was named a 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artist, has won the NFA Masterclass Competition and the South Carolina Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition, and was a finalist in the Byron Hester Competition. She subs regularly with the New World Symphony. This coming summer, she will perform as a fellow of the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra; in summers past she has been a fellow at the Round Top Festival Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Chautauqua, the Pierre Monteux School, and NYO-USA, among others. Abby is originally from Dallas, TX, where she was a student of Helen Blackburn. She also works as a dog walker and in her spare time enjoys trying new restaurants and playing with her cat, Mozart, and dog, Harper.
Joanna Kim: 3rd Place
Joanna Kim, 18, is a senior at Vista Ridge High School in Austin, Texas. She started playing the flute in sixth grade. She was winner of the 2015 Austin Flute Society Junior Division, a 2016 TSSEC Outstanding Performer, and principal flute in the 2016 TMEA 6A All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. As a freshman, she was the winner of the 2016 Donna Marie Haire High School Competition. Joanna received 1st in the 2017 MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition in Texas, South Central division, and 3rd in the 2017 MTNA National Competition. She received 3rd in the 2017 NFA High School Soloist Competition. She was the winner of the 2017 Austin Harmony Youth Chamber Orchestra Soloist Competition and the 2018 Starlight Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Joanna performed on NPR’s From The Top and received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In the summer of 2018, she attended The Consummate Flutist and was a part of BUTI’s Young Arts Orchestra summer program. Recently, she was winner of the Texas Flute All Star Competition High School Division and received 3rd place at the 2018 RAFA Young Artist Competition. Also, she is a Miyazawa Emerging Artist. This summer she will be touring with the 2019 NYO-USA. She is also apart of the Piano Forte Service Ensemble. Joanna studies with Jennifer Keeney and will be attending Carnegie Mellon University to major in flute performance and study under Alberto Almarza in the fall.
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