COFA 2019 Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 COFA Competition!

Junior Division

3rd place: Caroline Hannah

2nd place: Grace Kim

1st place: Phoebe Chen

Senior Division

3rd place: Fiona Xie

2nd place: Elsa Jacob

1st place: Anwyn Ashley

Collegiate Division

3rd place: Jessie Wang

2nd place: Dana Crytser

1st place: Taylor Poenicke

Young Artist Division

3rd place: Peter Arfsten

2nd place: Octavian Moldovean

1st place: Francesca Leo

Thank you!

Thank you to our performers, our competitors, corporate sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, and Aaron Goldman for making our 2019 COFA Festival a success!

Preregistration for COFA Saturday April 6, 2019!

 COFA’s annual Festival is just around the corner!  The date is April 6 at Weigel Hall at Ohio State.  This year we feature National Symphony Orchestra’s Aaron Goldman as our guest artist.
Register by March 29 for a $5 lunch!
Adults: $20
Students: $10
Senior Citizens: $5
Parents accompanying students: $5
OSU Students and Faculty: Free!
Here are the links for individual registration!
Registration Website

Bios for COFA 2019

Heidi Álvarez is Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University and plays second flute in Orchestra Kentucky. Dr. Álvarez holds degrees in flute performance from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and from The Florida State University (M.M. and D.M.). Her former flute teachers include Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, and Charles DeLaney.

Peter Arfsten is a freelance flutist based in Cleveland, OH. He completed his BM at The Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, and is currently completing his MM at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His principal teachers have been Susan Rotholz, Elizabeth Mann, and Mary Kay Fink.

Anwyn Ashley is eighteen years old and has studied piano for ten years, flute for six years, piccolo for five years, and organ for two years. She is principal flute and piccolo in the Springfield Youth Orchestra. She studies flute and piccolo under Lori Akins.

Dale Beaver, RMT, has a BM from the University of Mt. Union and completed graduate work at The Ohio State University. After a 10-year period of apprenticeship, he became a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and has taught Alexander Technique workshops at colleges throughout the Midwest. At Ohio State, he teaches Alexander Technique in the School of Music and the Departments of Dance and Theater. Extended workshop teaching includes clinics throughout the Great Lakes region and summer residential courses in Virginia, Washington and at Ohio State. He is also certified at the Advanced Practitioner Level in Nervous System Energy work. Beaver has been an organist and choir director for over 35 years and runs a private vocal studio.

Kayla Bradley is a thirdyear student currently pursuing a BM at Ohio State University,studying flute under Katherine Borst Jones. She has performed in masterclasses for Marianne Gedigian, Bonita Boyd, Mimi Tachouet, Jennie Brown, and Gary Woodward.  

Phoebe Chen is a freshman at Upper St. Clair High School. A member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, she has been selected for Honors Band. Phoebe has also performed for Alberto Almarza, Marianne Gedigian, and Soo-Kyung Park at The Consummate Flutist held at Carnegie Mellon University.

Christina Condon-Numerick maintains a competitive flute and clarinet studio in Centerville, OH and Odessa, FL. Her students place at the top of their school ensembles, honor bands, youth orchestras, and more. Her studio flute ensembles are known for performing interesting repertoire including pieces with extended techniques.

Dana Crytser is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of South Carolina where she studies flute under Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley’s instruction. Dana has participated in several regional competitions and has attended music festivals including the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival and Aria International Summer Academy.

Katie Frazier is a senior at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, where she is principal flutist in her school’s Symphonic Winds and is also a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018, she was chosen as first-place winner of the Jack and Lucille Wonnell Young Artist Concerto Competition. Katie was selected for Ohio All State Ensembles for three straight years. In 2019, she was Principal for the Ohio All State Orchestra. Most recently, she won the William R. Thomas Concerto Competition Scholarship. Morrigan O’Brien Kane is Katie’s private lessons teacher. Katie plans to major in Music Education and Flute Performance.

Daniel Gallagher is a third-year DMA student in flute performance at The Ohio State University, where he studies with Katherine Borst Jones. Daniel holds a BA in music from Luther College and an MM in flute performance from Illinois State University. In 2018, Daniel won First Place in the Central Ohio Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and Third Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

Sofia Geelhood, a homeschooled tenth grader from Beavercreek, Ohio, began taking flute lessons in fifth grade and currently studies with Lori Akins. She is co-principal in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and also enjoys participating in other musical opportunities in her community.

Alex Goad is a thirdyear flute performance major at The Ohio State University, studying with Katherine Borst Jones. Along with being a member of the university’s Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, she is the treasurer of the Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA). As an active chamber musician, Alex has played in music festivals throughout Austria and Italy.

Clay Hammond is the owner of Hammond Flute Repair, located in Central Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and currently performs with the Westerville Symphony, the Heisey Wind Ensemble, Ohio Capital Winds and the Divertimento Flute Quartet.

Dr. Leanne Hampton serves as principal flute of the Evansville Philharmonic and Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville. She holds a DMA and MM from the University of Colorado and a BA from the University of Central Arkansas. An avid teacher, she also maintains a thriving private studio in SW Indiana.

Caroline Hannah is currently a freshman at Perrysburg High School. She has been playing flute for four years and is currently studying with Alec Porter. In addition to her studies, she is also a member of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra and Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Alexis Hefley is a sophomore flute performance major at Otterbein University. She plays in a variety of ensembles at Otterbein, including the Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and Westerville Symphony. Alexis has been a participant and sectional coach for Flute Choir Day, an event for young flutists held annually at Otterbein, for the past two years. She performed with the Otterbein Flute Quartet and Otterbein Flute Ensemble at COFA in 2018. Originally from Radford, Virginia, Alexis maintains musical ties to the community in her hometown, playing with folk-style bands at churches, restaurants, and public and private events in the area. In high school, Alexis scored high in rank in All-District and All-County competitions multiple times, and she seeks to continue competing throughout her early career as a flutist. She teaches private lessons to middle and high school students, and is looking to expand her flute studio. Alexis is a student of Dr. Kimberlee Goodman, the flute professor at Otterbein.

Principal Flutist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 1975-2018, Randall Hester joined the CSO in 1973 as its first full-time flutist, playing in the Columbus Woodwind Quintet and as Associate Principal Flute and Piccolo. His principal teachers include Frederick Baker, principal flutist of the San Diego Symphony, Joseph Mariano at the Eastman School of Music, and Maurice Sharp, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Hester has performed as principal flute with the Music Academy of the West Symphony Orchestra, principal flute with the Center Orchestra of Lake Placid (Syracuse Symphony), and in 1985 as an artist-fellow with the Bach Aria Group Festival in Stony Brook, NY for its tri-centennial celebration of the birth of J.S. Bach.

Elsa Jacob is a senior at Dublin Coffman and has studied flute with Randy Hester since fourthgrade. She was a member of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra since tenth grade and has played in OMEA’s All-State Band and Orchestra. Elsa enjoys playing flute and will continue at Miami University next fall.

Lisa Jelle is Professor of Flute at Capital University, Principal Flute of the Central Ohio Symphony and the Ashland Symphony, an Associate Musician with the Columbus Symphony, and a frequent performer with the Hawaii Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Famous Jazz Orchestra. A former member of the Honolulu Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lisa was also a member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in her native Colorado for 20 summers. Lisa’s latest CD, Bolling & Beyond: Lisa Jelle, Jazz-Inspired Flute. Mark Flugge Remembered, was released in February 2019. Other releases are A Chamber Jazz Christmas (2016); Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals & Standards (2015); and Waltz into Madness (2012). These CDs feature compositions and arrangements by/with her late husband, jazz pianist/composer Mark Flugge, and with the Inspirare Duo, Capital’s QuintEssential Winds, the PANdemonium4 Flute Quartet, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, and the Mark Flugge Tribute Big Band. She may be heard as well on the Capstone release Resonant Edges, performing Paul Osterfield’s “Jagged Edges” on piccolo, with pianist Dianne Frazer. Dr. Jelle’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Walfrid Kujala, Anne Diener Zenter, and Karl F. Kraber; her degrees are from the University of Northern Colorado, The University of Texas at Austin, and Rice University.

Katherine Borst Jones, professor of flute at The Ohio State University since 1985, winner of both Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Scholar Awards, is founder of the OSU High School Flute Workshop and the OSU Flute Troupe. A founding member and co-principal flutist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and founder of the flute/viola/harp trio COSMOS, she is a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and principal flute of the New Sousa Band, which has toured Japan, China and the US. She has served the National Flute Association as President twice and is the recipient of the 2011 National Service Award. She has recorded for CRI, d’Note and Summit recordings and has commissioned works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Andrew Boysen, Dale Warland and Michael Ruszczynski.

Grace Kim is in the sixth grade and goes to Mason Intermediate School. She has been playing the flute for two and a half years. She is a student of Miss Eva Skanse and plays the flute with Mason Community Chorale, Hallelujah Ringers, and Heritage Choir at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason.

Francesca Leo has won prizes in COFA, MTNA, and the MSM, Lima and New Albany Symphony Concerto competitions, and is the founder of She is pursuing a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Her primary teachers include Linda Chesis, Conor Nelson and Jeffrey Zook.

Kathy Melago is Associate Professor of Music Education and has served as division head of music education at Slippery Rock University since 2009. She was COFA competition coordinator from 2006-2009. BSME, Slippery Rock University; MM, University of Northern Iowa; DMA, Ohio State University, 2009.

Native Romanian flute player, Octavian Moldovean is a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s DMA program. Performance experience includes a large number of ensembles and scholarship-based programs, amongst which were the 2010 Cultural Visitors (Kennedy Center Institute, W.D.C.), ISA 2011 (AUS) and The 2013 European Improvisation Intensive Project (NL).

Faythe Orcutt is currently completing her first year of college at Capital University, where she is a flute performance major and studies with Dr. Lisa Jelle. Faythe is the Principal Flute of the Capital-Bexley Orchestra, Co-Principal Flute of the Capital University Symphonic Winds, and a member of the Capital Flute Choir and Brillante Flute Quartet. A recipient of the 2019 Capital Outstanding Flutist Award, she was also a finalist in the 2019 Conservatory Scholarship Competition. Faythe is excited to continue her studies and is hopeful for what the future may hold.

Taylor Poenicke is finishing her last semester at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with Dr. Shelly Monier. Upon graduation, she will be attending the Royal College of Music for her masters degree in performance. 

Jenny Robinson plays Piccolo with the Akron and Kalamazoo symphonies and Principal Flute with the Canton Symphony. She is a substitute with the Detroit Symphony and Chicago Lyric Opera. She won 1st Prize awards at the NFA Orchestral Audition Competition and Flute Society of WA Piccolo Competition.

Alison Brown Sincoff, Professor of Flute, joined the Ohio University faculty in 1997 and was named the School of Music’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2009. She actively performs as a founding member of the Lyric Duo, Athenia Chamber Ensemble and PANdemonium4 Flute Quartet. She is a featured soloist in a CD recording of Joel Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius with Ohio University’s Wind Symphony and Andrew Trachsel, director (Mark Records, 2012) and Henk Badings’ Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra, also with the Ohio University Wind Symphony and former director, John Climer (OU, Jeff Redefer, 2001).

Dr. Erin Helgeson Torres is the artist/instructor of flute at Ohio Northern and Muskingum Universities and teaches core music courses at Ohio Dominican University. She is second flutist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and principal flutist of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. She earned degrees from Stetson (BM), Ohio State (MM and DMA) and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (AD).

Jessie Wang is a senior at Boston University studying Flute Performance, Economics, and Mathematics as a Trustee Scholar. She is a student of Linda Toote, Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera, and has previously studied with Jennifer Northcut. This past summer, she studied with Trevor Wye during his International Flute Summer Course.

Fiona Xie is a seasoned flute player who currently plays in the Mason High School Wind Symphony Band. In addition, she has been a member of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and has performed with the District Honor Band and OMEA All-State Honor Band.

Dr. Jiung Yoon holds a DMA in piano performance from The Ohio State University. He initially studied in South Korea where he won numerous competitions such as the IBACH Music Competition and the National Music Concours Scholarship. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Korea, Jiung worked as a professional accompanist for hundreds of concerts and international music camps and competitions. In 2006 he attended on scholarship at Bowling Green State University where he earned his certificate and MMA in piano. He studied with Prof. Laura Melton at BGSU and worked with Prof. Steven Glaser at Ohio State where he held a University Fellowship. Jiung is now in high demand in central Ohio as a soloist and collaborative pianist.

2019 COFA Competition Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists for the 2019 COFA competition.



Junior Division: Phoebe Chen, Caroline Hannah, Grace Kim

Senior Division: Anwyn Ashley, Elsa Jacob, Fiona Xie

Collegiate Division: Dana Crytser, Taylor Poenicke, Jessie Wang

Young Artist Division: Peter Arfsten, Francesca Leo, Octavian Moldovean

2019 COFA Festival Exhibitors and Corporate Sponsors!


Brannen Brothers Flutemakers Inc.

Buddy Roger’s Music

Burkart Flutes & Piccolos

Flichia Wholesale Distributing

Flute Specialists, Inc.

Flute World

Flutistry Boston

William S. Haynes Co.

Muramatsu America

Verne Q. Powell Flutes

Royalton Music Center

Stanton’s Sheet Music



Brannen Brothers Flutemakers Inc.

Buddy Roger’s Music

Burkart Flutes & Piccolos

The Flute Shop

Flute Specialists, Inc.

Flute World

Flutistry Boston

Little Piper

Muramatsu America

Verne Q. Powell Flutes

Royalton Music Center

Weait Music


Preregistration for COFA 2019 is here!

 COFA’s annual Festival is just around the corner!  The date is April 6 at Wegiel Hall at Ohio State.  This year we feature National Symphony Orchestra’s Aaron Goldman.
Register by March 29 for a $5 lunch!
Adults: $20
Students: $10
Senior Citizens: $5
Parents accompanying students: $5
OSU Students and Faculty: Free!
Here are the links for individual and flute choir registration!
Registration Website
Flute Choir Registration Link

2019 COFA Flute Festival Flute Choir Registration

Here is the link to the forms for flute choir registration for the 36th COFA Flute Festival!Click Here for Form.

COFA’s 2019 Guest Artist: Aaron Goldman

The Central Ohio Flute Association welcomes Aaron Goldman, principal flute of the National Symphony Orchestra. The day features a recital and master class by Goldman, a flute choir showcase, numerous exhibitors, competition finals, lectures, clinics and more. For event details explore our site or contact Katherine Borst Jones, professor of flute.

National Symphony Orchestra

Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra since January 2013, joined the NSO as Assistant Principal Flute in September 2006. Prior to joining the NSO, he was Principal Flute of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Goldman has been featured with theAmadeus Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and has performed at several National Flute Association’s annual conventions. He appears as part of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and is active in NSO In Your Neighborhood, the NSO’s signature community engagement project.  He has also performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Players, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and participated in many educational programs with the NSO, including performances in the Family and Terrace Theaters. He has given lectures at the Carnegie Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution, such as “The Magical Flute” and “Math and Music: Closer Than You Think” alongside former NSO cellist Yvonne

Mr. Goldman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and is on the faculty of the University of Maryland.

Mr. Goldman performs on a 24K gold flute made by Muramatsu Flute in Japan.


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