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Zach Sheets


Zach Sheets enjoys a diverse life as a chamber musician, teacher, composer, and orchestral flutist. He has performed with the Boston Ballet, Albany Symphony, Portland Symphony, Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Signal, New World Symphony, and many others. Zach was the 1st prize winner of the 2017 Byron Hester Flute Competition and the 2015 Tallon Perkes Competition, and currently serves as principal flute, Lyndon Paul Lorusso Chair, of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
During the summer, he performed as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Spoleto Festival USA, IRCAM’s ManiFeste-17, the Klangspuren Ensemble Modern Academy, Colorado College Music Festival, and June in Buffalo Festival. Zach holds a Bachelor in Music and French Literature from Harvard University, and Master’s degrees in composition and flute from the Eastman School of Music. Now in his second season with the Harmony Program, Zach teaches woodwinds and music theory.



Leanne Friedman


Leanne Friedman is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance and a Master’s degree through NYU Steinhardt’s five-year dual degree program. A native to New Jersey, Leanne has performed in venues across the tri-state area including NJPAC, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center, and throughout Europe, most recently at Palffy Palac in Prague. Leanne is the founder and artistic director of Femmelody, an NYC-based chamber music collective of women musicians and social activists programming and performing works by women composers. When she is away from her flute, Leanne enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, teaching mindfulness practices to students, and learning new languages.



Felipe Tristan


Described by The Epoch Times as “An expert flutist [with] elegant, impressive breath control,” Felipe Tristan came to New York in 2011 after being accepted for the prestigious Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. Recently, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in the season finale of Redes USA. Felipe is Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas and Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. He made his conducting debut in 2009 with the Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León. Since then, he has conducted ensembles in New York, Chicago, San Diego, and New Orleans – in performance and workshops – including the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and the Orquesta Nacional de Flautas de México. Felipe is the Assistant Director of Education for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, and a teaching artist for various organizations in NYC.



Nicole Schroeder


Flutist Nicole Schroeder made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, about which The Epoch Times wrote, “Schroeder played with a beautiful, well-projected tone undiluted by excess air, as well as subtly understated dynamics and lyrical phrasing.” Nicole frequently plays flute in the Broadway show Wicked; performs with a number of symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and has recorded with the Branchfield/Schroeder Duo and rock band Symfinity. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Nicole enjoys teaching flute in her private studio, as a substitute teacher with the Harmony Program, and as a teaching artist for ArtsConnection. In the summers, she is on the faculty of Ferrwood Music Camp and Pocono Flute Camp. Nicole serves on the board of the New York Flute Club and holds a Master’s degree in Flute Performance from New York University, where she studied with Bradley Garner.



Eduardo Cordero,


Eduardo Cordero is a versatile musician and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Latin, jazz, and classical music. Cordero graduated with a Master’s degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from Georgia State University in December 2015, after receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance from Emory University in May 2012. He is an active member of the Symphony in C in the tristate area. He also recently performed at the ACLU’s benefit concert, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and appeared on Brooklyn’s local arts program, Keeping It Real with Shannon. Cordero has worked extensively with nonprofit organizations in Venezuela and the United States, teaching music to children in disenfranchised areas. After working for the Atlanta Music Project in 2011, he worked with El Sistema de Orquestas Nacional in Venezuela, and currently collaborates with the Harmony Program in New York City. Cordero is now developing a Venezuelan and jazz music fusion concert in New York City.



Laura Cocks


Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Laura is flutist and Executive Director of TAK Ensemble, a founding member of the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Bonne Action, and TAK in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Guggenheim Museum in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with Wet Ink Ensemble on Carrier Records, International Contemporary Ensemble on ECM, and TAK Ensemble on New Focus Recordings.




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