Texas Tech University

Flute Choir Performed at National Flute Association Conference

David B.

September 19, 2023

Image of the TTU Flute Choir with David Box

The TTU Flute Choir, directed by Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, performed as a featured ensemble on Friday, August 4th during the National Flute Association’s 51st annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. This year artists and ensembles were inspired by the theme, “Beyond Borders”, which encouraged programming inspired by regional and international music selections.

In preparation for this performance, Dr. Garner Santa produced collaborations across multiple departments within the School of Music. The 15 flutists were instructed by Dr. Garner Santa and Dr. Spencer Hartman. Five student conductors majoring in Music Education were coached by Dr. Eric Allen on their selected work. Dr. Peter Fischer worked with DMA Composition major, David Lee Box, on the completion of his original composition titled “Sod Poodle”.

Flute Choir Student ConductorsPhoto Credit: David Box

Madaline Cannon and Samuel Orta conducted TTU alumna's Jen McLaughlin's “Dusty Chesterfield” for flute choir.

Taylor Cole conducted Nicole Chaberlain's “Phoenix” for flute choir.

Brianna Ledesma conducted the world premiere of Jose Valentino's “I AM” for flute choir.

Kaylee Smith conducted the world premiere arrangement of TTU Faculty, Dr. Matthew Santa's “And They Called the Winds Mariah” for flute choir.

Dr. Lisa Garner Santa conducted the world premiere of DMA student, David Lee Box's “Sod Poodle” for flute choir.

TTU Flute Choir
Photo Credit: David Box

The TTU Flute Choir was represented by Sydni Acosta, Madaline Cannon, Taylor Cole, Isabelle Dees, Kenzi Greenlee, Julia Griffith, Juan Jungo, Brianna Ledesma, Kassie Lindamood Smith, Ava Monico, Samuel Orta, Paul Loja Prado, Sarah Rogers, Kaylee Smith and Olivia Wade.

The entire convention spanned five days from August 2nd-6th. Students had the opportunity to attend solo, small and large ensemble performances, lectures, and exhibits. Dr. Garner Santa also directed the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir which features an auditioned group of university students from across the United States. This 60 minute program featured the world premiere of Frank Horvat's “What the Walls Feel as They...Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in His Office” for Flute Choir.

Dr. Garner Santa is currently a member of the NFA Board of Directors.