Sarah Tran, a junior music student, recently won first place at the 39th Annual National Flute Association Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition held in Charlotte, N.C.
The National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world and was founded in 1972 to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers and its literature. The NFA has approximately 6,000 members from more than 50 countries, including leading soloists, orchestral players, college and university professors, adult amateurs and students of all ages.
Tran is one of five UNT students who recently won state and national flute competitions. Each student is studying flute performance under the direction of Terri Sundberg, associate professor of flute in the UNT College of Music. Tran also won first place in the Kentucky Collegiate Artist Competition in January and the Oklahoma Collegiate Competition last November.
In addition, Chao Wang, a graduate artist certification student, won third place for his performance at the National Flute Association competition and was a semifinalist at the 26th Annual Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition held in May in Denton, presented by the Texas Flute Society. Doctoral candidate Terri Sanchez won second place at the Myrna W. Brown competition. Sanchez also was the first prize winner of the San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Solo Competition held in San Diego, Calif., in April.
On the state level, master's student Brittney Balkcom and senior Charlene Gilstrap won second and third place, respectively, at the Texas Music Educators Association Competition held in Arlington this summer.
About Terri Sundberg
Terri Sundberg is associate professor of flute and a member of the Crested Butte Festival Orchestra. She was recently a featured concerto soloist at the Jeju International Music Festival in Korea and in 2010 toured China as guest artist and teacher on a U.S. Department of State grant. Sundberg has performed extensively in New York City as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, including performances at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall. She was also an artist-in-residence with the North Coast Chamber Players, a mixed wind/string chamber group that toured primarily on the West Coast.
Sundberg has been on the faculty of several international music festivals and has presented master classes and performed solo and chamber recitals across the United States and abroad, including concerts in China, Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Austria, Ireland, England, Kosovo, Brazil and the Philippines. She has been a guest artist at flute festivals across the United States and a featured artist, teacher and adjudicator at several National Flute Association conventions. Sundberg holds degrees from Yale University and Lawrence Conservatory and serves on the board of the Shropshire Music Foundation.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at Buddy.Price@unt.edu.