Interlochen, Michigan USA
Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, flutist Nancy Stagnitta is instructor of flute and chamber music at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently featured on the cover of Flute Talk magazine.
Stagnitta formerly served as flutist and piccoloist with the Sarasota and Baltimore Opera Orchestras, extra player with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra. She collaborates with Paula Robison and Judith Mendenhall to host the annual Interlochen Flute Institute, and has offered masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Panoramic Flutist Seminar in Colorado, Flutistry Boston, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado University at Boulder among many others. She also served as Artist/Faculty at the Montecito, Hot Springs, and Quartz Mountain Music Festivals, and in 2017, will be a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University and the Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival.
Also active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta’s recent collaboration with Grammy award-winning pianist and arranger Bob James allows for the perfect melding of their classical and jazz backgrounds, and has resulted in an upcoming recording to be released in the spring of 2017. She was featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist at NFA Conventions held in New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. Stagnitta has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and released a jazz recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio's WETA in Washington, D.C. and KING FM in Seattle.
Graduates of Stagnitta’s flute program at Interlochen currently attend The Juilliard School, Colburn, Eastman, New England Conservatory, and many other highly regarded institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. They have won top prizes at national and regional competitions, including the Young Artist Concert Guild in New York, seven winners of the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in eight years, multiple winners of the U.S. Marine Band Concerto Competition, and several recent appointments to the Milwaukee, Knoxville, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Huntsville Symphonies. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium.
Stagnitta earned the degrees of bachelor and master of music from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Beatrice Keram. A Powell artist, she plays an all-10K Custom Powell flute and a 19.5K Powell Philharmonic style headjoint.SCHEDULE
March 4, 2017 - Bob James and Nancy Stagnitta - "In the Chapel in the Moonlight" Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
"My 10k Custom Powell flute provides a seemingly limitless color palette, a glorious feel in the hall and under the fingers, and an exquisite balance of power, warmth, and grace. It challenges me to continually explore the boundaries of my artistry, and has sparked new passion in my musical journey.”