Southeast Michigan Flute Association

In-person Fall Festival 2020 - postponed 

About the Rachel Stornant Junior Artist Competition

The Rachel Stornant Junior Artist Competition (RSJAC) is held in memory of our beloved friend and              colleague, Rachel, who left us too far too soon. In her final year with us, Rachel taught a young student free of charge in order to assist her in upgrading to a new flute. We believe Rachel’s final wish would have been to help promote the careers of young, budding talent in the Southeast Michigan flute community.

Eligibility: The Rachel Stornant Junior Artist Competition is open to any Michigan resident who has not yet completed the 8th grade as of the date of the final round of the competition. Previous first prize winners are not eligible. The RSJAC Applicants must be active SEMFA members and submit an additional application fee of $20.00. Student Membership dues of $15.00 are non-refundable. The membership year runs from January 1, to December 31.

Rachel Stornant was a widely sought after and successful orchestral flutist and piccoloist.  In her final year Rachel received tenure as Piccoloist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  She also performed with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra after returning to the United States after serving as Principal Flute with the Orquestra Do Norte in Europe.  Prior to that post, Rachel was Co-Principal flute with the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Mexico for two years and Principal flute with the Orlando Philharmonic. Rachel also performed with the Detroit, Baltimore, Delaware, Knoxville and Oregon Symphony Orchestras.  A native of Detroit, Rachel attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music (2001) at Johns Hopkins University, Wayne State University and California State University.  She performed with the Jerusalem International Symphony in Israel for the 2000-2001 festival season.  As a teenager, Rachel Stornant was awarded the William D. Dahling Full Tuition Scholarship to attend the Institute of Music and Dance at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit during which time she performed for three years with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra.  As first prize winner in many competitions, among them the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and Wayne State University Concerto Competitions, the Vivace Music Young Artists competition and the Mu Phi Epsilon competition, Miss Stornant has had the opportunity to perform Concerti by Nielsen, Ibert, C.P.E. Bach, Mercadente, Kabalevsky and Mozart in addition to other works by Boehm, Chaminade and Griffes. 




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