2017 Montana Flute Festival Guest Artists
Dr. Tammy Evans-Yonce
Leonard Garrison is Professor of Flute and Associate Director in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and recipient of the University’s inaugural Presidential Mid-Career Award and an Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. He is flutist in the Northwest Wind Quintet at the University of Idaho, the IWO Flute Quartet, and the Scott/Garrison Duo, Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony, Co-Director of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series, and former Chair of the National Flute Association. In summers, he teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, where he is Artistic Director.
His nine CDs, including premiere recordings of Joseph Schwantner’s Looking Back and many other works, have received rave reviews. Flute Talk magazine called Superflute “astounding,” and The Flute Network said “his performance was ‘just ‘superior’ both in brilliant technique and musicianship.” Fanfare Magazine wrote of East Meets West, “Flutist Leonard Garrison’s basic sound is extraordinary—uncommonly rich, pure, and true.”
Leonard has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony (including a 2003 tour of Japan) and the Tulsa Philharmonic, soloist on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, concerto soloist on both flute and piccolo, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk and other journals have published his articles.
Leonard holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef. He received Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Samuel Baron. His Bachelor of Music is from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teacher was Robert Willoughby.
Dr. Catherine Ramirez
Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, flutist Nancy Stagnitta is instructor of flute and chamber music at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently featured on the cover of Flute Talk magazine.
Stagnitta formerly served as flutist and piccoloist with the Sarasota and Baltimore Opera Orchestras, extra player with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra. She collaborates with Paula Robison and Judith Mendenhall to host the annual Interlochen Flute Institute, and has offered masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Panoramic Flutist Seminar in Colorado, Flutistry Boston, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado University at Boulder among many others. She also served as Artist/Faculty at the Montecito, Hot Springs, and Quartz Mountain Music Festivals. In 2017, she will be a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University and New England Conservatory.
Also active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta was featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago in 2014, and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist at NFA Conventions held in New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. She has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and she released a jazz recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio's WETA in Washington, D.C. and KING FM in Seattle.
Graduates of Stagnitta's flute program at Interlochen currently attend The Juilliard School, Colburn, Eastman, New England Conservatory, and many other highly regarded institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. They have won top prizes at the national and regional competitions, including six winners of the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in seven years, and several have recently won positions in the Milwaukee, Knoxville, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Huntsville Symphonies. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium.
Stagnitta earned the degrees of bachelor and master of music from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Beatrice Keram. A Powell artist, she plays an all-10K Custom Powell flute and a 19.5K Powell Philharmonic style headjoint.