2017 Montana Flute Festival Guest Artists
Dr. Tammy Evans-Yonce
Flutist Tammy Evans Yonce, an Atlanta native, is Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University where she teaches applied flute, woodwind pedagogy, and courses in musicology. She was previously on the faculty of Gainesville State College (GA), Newberry College (SC), and the University of South Carolina Aiken.
An avid collaborative musician and recitalist, Dr. Yonce is an enthusiastic commissioner, performer, and teacher of new music.
Dr. Yonce holds degrees from Kennesaw State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). She won the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2004 and has been published in Flute Talk; Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society; The Flute View; and South Dakota Musician. She has recently presented and performed at the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, Canadian Flute Association, New Music Gathering, Flute Festival Mid-South, College Music Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Society of Kentucky, Austin Flute Society, Society of Composers, NACWPI, Electronic Music Midwest, and South Carolina Flute Festival conventions. She recently served as one of the judges for the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association as well as of competitions of the British Flute Society and Flute Society of Kentucky. Dr. Yonce currently serves on the New Music Advisory Committee of the National Flute Association and formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Flute Club. She recently gave a TEDx talk about collaboration, new music, and the glissando headjoint.
Dr. Yonce exclusively plays Powell flutes, and can be heard on their Recording Studio page at www.powellflutes.com. She can be found on Twitter @TammyEvansYonce.
Dr. Catherine Ramirez
Flutist Catherine Ramirez is noted for her sensitive musicianship, compelling artistry and captivating performances.
Winner of three international competition prizes and First Prize in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, she has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Teatro del Giglio in Italy, Beijing Concert Hall in China, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, in several National Flute Association Conventions in the U.S., and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. A versatile musician praised as “an astonishing artist,” whose “conviction and communication are incredibly powerful,” she was also awarded the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement from Rice University (2010). Beyond her core repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to today, she has also stretched her versatility through jazz improv, early consort music, and traditional Jewish, Greek, and South American music. Artists with whom she has collaborated include Leone Buyse, Marzio Conti, James Dunham, Eva Beneke, René Izquierdo, the ICE Ensemble, and with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Ramirez’s work has also been recognized with a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant as well as publications in Flute Talk and The Flutist Quarterly. Upcoming activities include a guest artist residency with the Montana Flute Association, solo and chamber recitals in the upper Midwest, judging for the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition Pre-College Division, and a solo recording with MPR Studios.
She is currently Artist-in-Residence at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.catherineramirez.com.