Dr. Kallie Snyder is a flutist, clinician, adjudicator, and music educator in Lexington, KY. She teaches general music at Ashland Elementary School, Intro to Music and History & Sociology of Rock and Roll for Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and is the owner and instructor of Snyder Flute Studio. Her private students have participated in the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Kentucky All-State Bands, and regional honor bands throughout the state. She currently serves as the Interim President for the Flute Society of Kentucky.
Dr. Snyder holds degrees from Western Kentucky University (Music Ed), Middle Tennessee State University (MA, flute performance), and Florida State University (DM, flute performance & Certificate in World Music). Her former teachers include Heidi Alvarez, Deanna Little, and Eva Amsler.
Dr. Julie Baker is Assistant Professor of Flute at Morehead State University. As an active flutist, in the Kentucky and Ohio regions, she performs regularly with the Cave Run Symphony, Queen City Opera and Springfield Symphony Orchestra. As a solo artist, Dr. Baker was a featured performer at the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra's Flute Music by Women Composers Festival (February 2022) and has presented and performed at the Kentucky Flute Society and Mid-South Flute Conventions.
As a student, Dr. Baker was a winner of the National Flute Association's Masterclass Performers Competition. Dr. Baker previously held the position of Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Mount St. Joseph University as well as teaching at the Music Academy at the Mount. Dr. Baker has also served on faculty as a Teaching Assistant at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. You can find upcoming performances by checking the Morehead State Music Department's Events Calendar.
Acclaimed for performing repertoire ranging from orchestral literature to electronic music, flutist, composer, and educator Dr. Melissa Keeling is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her music has been described as "revelatory" (The Flutist Quarterly) and "a delight... stunning and moving” (The Flute View). Melissa is a Trevor James International Flute Artist.
Dr. Keeling regularly presents solo and chamber music across the country, appearing as a guest artist and soloist at festivals and universities. Her solo albums, sonyq (2010), SUPERSONYQ (2018), and The Quarantine Tapes (2020) feature original music for flute with effects pedals. As an educator, Dr. Keeling currently teaches courses in music theory and music education at Western Kentucky University. She has also taught K-12 music for seven years and has maintained a private studio for over 15 years. She has published two books, The Electric Flute: A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Flute with Effects (2022) and The Glissando Flute: Handbook for Composers and Performers (2020).
Dr. Keeling holds degrees from The Graduate Center, CUNY (D.M.A., Music Performance), Middle Tennessee State University (M.A., Music Performance), and Western Kentucky University (B.S., Music Education). She has studied with Robert Dick, Deanna Little, and Heidi Álvarez.
BRITTANY ST. PIERRE
Brittany St. Pierre is a versatile flutist and music teacher located in Central Kentucky.
As a private flute teacher, she is passionate about the connection between music and movement and cultivating her students’ innate musicality. Brittany has maintained a private studio in Central Kentucky for over 10 years. Her students have been selected to perform in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra as well as state and regional honor bands. She is also employed by several local bands as a sectional coach where she provides eurhythmics inspired instruction.
From the University of Kentucky, Brittany has earned a B.M. in Music Education and Flute Performance, an M.M. in Flute Performance, and a Graduate Certificate in Eurhythmics. Her primary teachers include Julie Hobbs and Jana Flygstad.
Dr. Sarah Tuley-Coleman is a Louisville-based flutist with years of experience as a performer, whether it be large ensemble, chamber, or solo. Some of her accomplishments as a performer include performing with the award-winning University of Kentucky Graduate Flute Trio, winning the University of Kentucky School of Music Student Innovator’s Award, performing as a Guest Soloist with the University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra, and also winning the 2014 University of Evansville Vukovich Concerto Competition. She has also performed with several top university ensembles including the University of Kentucky’s Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony and the University of Louisville’s Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
Tuley-Coleman has been offering 1:1 flute lessons to all ages and expertise levels for many years. In addition to private flute instruction, Tuley-Coleman’s teaching experience also has lead to many other instructional endeavors, including conducting and leading several flute and chamber ensembles, serving as faculty for summer flute camps, serving as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, and presenting at flute conventions.
Dr. Sarah Tuley-Coleman earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky, Master of Music from the University of Louisville, and Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Evansville.
Lauren Wiedemer is currently the flute professor at the University of the Cumberlands, where she also teaches music appreciation courses. She is a Kentucky-born and raised musician with a Bachelor's of Music from Georgetown College and a Master's of Music Performance from the University of Louisville. Lauren is also working on her DMA in Music Performance at the University of Kentucky, where she works as a teaching assistant for the flute studio. Lauren frequently performs in groups around the bluegrass and maintains private lesson studios in central and southeastern Kentucky.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys activities such as golf, kayaking, disc golf, and hiking when she isn't practicing or studying. Her favorite food is tacos, and a good cup of coffee is a priority.
Lauren is excited to be a part of the FSK board and looks forward to meeting and working with flutists from the great state of Kentucky!