Southeast Michigan Flute Association

Terri Sánchez

Brandon LePage

Terri Sánchez is a Miyazawa Performing Artist and the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University. Legendary flutist Paula Robison writes, “Sánchez has a beautiful presence as a player, and her sparkling clear sound spins out and fills the air with poetry.” After Sánchez premiered his new work for flute and piano, Archetypes, composer George Chave wrote, “her ability to pull the audience in and take them along for the ride is a true joy. Terri is a musician’s musician.” She is the author of The Aspiring Flutist's Practice Book Series published by Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co. and her recent compositions include The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Red Queen for flute/narrator and piano as well as Scarborough Fantasy for Solo Flute. She performs on a Miyazawa Classic Rose Silver flute.  

Sánchez is a laureate of many national competitions: 1st Prize, National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, 2nd Prize, NFA Young Artist Competition (along with “Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work”), 1st Prize, San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, 2nd Prize, Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, 2nd Prize, Upper Midwest Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Finalist, Walfrid Kujala Piccolo Competition. She also performed with the SMU Meadows and UNT Symphony Orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions.    

An advocate for musician self-care and positive practice sessions, Sánchez is dedicated to creating resources for musicians that help them release practice anxiety and discover their true potential in the practice room. She has given numerous presentations based on these topics at National Flute Association Conventions, flute festivals and universities across the country. Each summer, she performs and teaches as a faculty member for Floot Fire, week-long summer masterclasses for beginner through advanced high school flutists. Sánchez was the flute professor for the University of Texas at Arlington from 2013-2021 where she was also the founder and creative director of the Maverick Flute Choir, a unique flute ensemble that sought to engage and inspire audiences with an unconventional fusion of classic, contemporary, original, and collaborative musical works, often fused with a wide variety of other artistic mediums. Under her guidance, the MFC wrote and performed four original "musical plays" at local, state and national festivals and conventions: Take a Chance, The Princess & The Dragon, As the Fog Descends Upon Us, and I Dream of Flute Choir. Recently, she created two online courses for flutists and teachers of all levels, Fall in Love With Your Flute and the Flute Teacher Superhero Course. 

Sánchez received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance, with a secondary emphasis in Music Education, from the University of North Texas, where she worked as a Teaching Fellow and Flute Choir conductor. She earned her Master’s degree at Southern Methodist University and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her past flute instructors include Leticia Ledesma, Helen Blackburn, Jean Larson-Garver, Alexa Still, Kara Kirkendoll Welch, Deborah Baron, Terri Sundberg and Elizabeth McNutt. She is especially grateful to her two mentors, Claire Johnson and Gabriel Sánchez.

Michigan based flutist Brandon LePage is the child of two very musical parents (Bob, an organist, and Marie, a pianist, both of them vocalists) who not only continue to work in the field today, but who also released an amazing pop album in the mid-1980’s. He grew up on a healthy diet of Bach organ fugues, the Spice Girls, and a fabulous blend of many other musical genres. As an elementary school student, Brandon started his professional career as a member of the Children’s Chorus with the Michigan Opera Theatre, and since birth he has not stopped singing, dancing, or working hard to find any possible way to express himself through all musical means available. His amazing sister Rachel works in Pittsburgh as an Early Childhood Psychologist focusing on 0-2 year olds and how their brain develops and processes trauma.

Proudly on faculty at Oakland University as Instructor of Flute, Brandon has also taught at the Flint School of Performing Arts and A&R Music in Lincoln Park. Currently, he also serves as Principal Flute of both the Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra while continuing to work his way through a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying with Professor Amy Porter. He spends many of his long drives indulging in the music of pop divas from the 2000’s (Britney Spears is a particular favorite) and catching up with family and friends from coast to coast. Brandon has performed as Principal Flute with the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, and Columbus Symphony (where he is also an Associate Musician) among others. He can be found performing in symphony orchestras across the midwest and is especially fond of dropping by Chicago to break up his travels and visit his good friends who live there.

As a chamber musician, Brandon founded the Chamber Artists of Southeast Michigan in 2013, and through this organization he brings live concerts to his hometown of Wyandotte, MI and has also started a scholarship for Downriver area teens to help them with summer studies, instrument repairs, and the cost of attending summer programs and marching band camps. With CASM he has commissioned and premiered several new works and is looking forward to continuing with this as the CASM artists get back to work in the coming summers after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Brandon holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory where he studied under Timothy Day and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Michigan State University College of Music (yes, both green AND blue blood now runs through his veins) where he studied with Richard Sherman. He plays on a 9k Muramatsu flute and is forever grateful to both Ervin Monroe and Carol Scott for keeping his flutistic light shining bright through his middle and high school studies.

Jenny Shin

Dr. Jenny Shin is a passionate music educator, performer, and advocate who worked with musicians of all levels. Currently, she maintains a private flute studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while working in development at the University of Michigan during the day. Time to time, she can be found performing with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to her move to Michigan, Jenny was on the flute faculty of DePaul University in Chicago for 5 years (2017-2022), where she taught applied lessons, woodwind pedagogy, and chamber music. During that time, she had an avid freelancing career, making her share stages with Fifth House Ensemble, San Antonio Symphony, and Chicago Lyric Opera, to name a few. 
She obtained her D.M.A. and B.M. at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2019), and a M.M. at Northwestern University. She studied extensively with Dr. Jonathan Keeble, and Professor John Thorne. 
Jenny is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays on a 14k YFL977AHCT, with a type-K headjoint.

Chelsea Koziatek

Dr. Chelsea Koziatek is the proud music teacher at Pulaski Middle-Elementary School of the Detroit Public School Community District. She performs with the Ferndale Community Concert Band, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and her own band, Consuming Arts. Incorporating original songs, looping, and electronics alongside her extensive classical training results in her unique sound. Koziatek also pushes her limits in the kitchen where she spends most of her free time. Her vision for today's musicians embraces a multitude of artistic genres and learning strategies while keeping community at the heart of it all.