COFA Festival April 6-7, 2018

COFA is excited to announce Marianne Gedigian as the Central Ohio Flute Association’s 2018 guest artist for our 35th Flute Festival April 6-7, 2018.

Marianne Gedigian is the Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at Austin where she holds a Butler Professorship in Music and is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. She performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has performed on dozens of recordings with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, Evening at Pops public television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto.  She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and master class teacher in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Europe.

Ms. Gedigian won First Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, one of chamber music’s pre-eminent and longest continuously active ensembles. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley and chamber music for flute, strings and piano, The Evolution of the American Sound, with the Walden Chamber Players

Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on many faculties including Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.  Her teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.  Ms. Gedigian is a William S. Haynes Artist and performs on a handmade custom-crafted Haynes gold flute.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 COFA festival!


4.1.2017, 8-5 in Hughes and Weigel Halls

COFA 2017 was a great day of flute activities featuring special guest artist, international flutist, Ian Clarke in a recital and master class. Also included was a flute choir showcase featuring flute choirs from the region, an exhibit hall filled with flutes and flute related merchandise, competition finals and lectures and clinics. There was also an additional day on Sunday with more masterclasses from our guest artist and added clinics, lectures, and classes to enrich every flutist; double the fun!