Faculty

Andrea Oliva

Andrea Oliva is one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the flute world” – Sir. James Galway. Since the 2003, Andrea is principal flute soloist of the “Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia” in Rome.

Andrea was born in Modena in 1977, graduated with the best grades in only five years at the Musical Institute “Vecchi-Tonelli” of Modena under the guidance of G. Betti. He continued his studies with C. Montafia, M. Marasco, G. Cambursano, J.C. Gérard, A. Blau and Sir J. Galway. Andrea won the first prize at the International Competition of Kobe (2005) and the third prize at the International ARD Competition in Monaco (2004).

Andrea played in some of the most important stages of the world: Carnegie Hall in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, and at the Hong Kong Academy. As a member of the Youth Orchestra Gustav Mahler, Andrea attended the Herbert von Karajan Academy and has performed as guest first flute at the Berliner Philarmoniker under the baton of C. Abbado, L. Maazel, V. Gerghiev, S. Oramo, M. Jansons and B. Haitink. Invited by C. Abbado, he played with the “Orchestra Mozart of Bologna” and collaborated as teacher at the Academy.

Andrea has served as guest principal flute with the Bayerische Rundfunk and chamber Orchestra of Monaco, Bamberger Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and chamber Orchestra of Europe. Andrea played as flute soloist with the “National Orchestra of St. Cecilia” conducted by C. Hogwood, and M.W. Chung. In 2010 his performance of Nielsen’s concerto for flute and orchestra was broadcasted by RAI 3 Italian television. In 2012 he premiered Dalbavie’s concerto for flute and orchestra.

Andrea is member of the Globeduo (flute and guitar duo with C. Savarese) exploring new repertoire for this kind of duo. He is also a founding member of the Italian wind quintet and The Chamber Players of St. Cecilia. ”

Andrea teaches at Academy S. Cecilia in Rome, at Modena and at the Imola International Academy. He is also professor of flute at the Italian Switzerland Conservatory of Lugano (CSI Lugano).

He recorded the following albums: Sonatas(VDM Records), Handel Sonatas (Le Chant de Linos), Le Merle Noir(Amadeus),Bach flute Sonatas(Hyperion), and Globe (Wide Classique) – CD winner of the Los Angeles Global Award 2013.

Andrea published a teaching DVD on flute (Edizioni Accademia).

www.andreaoliva.com

Beatrice Petrocchi

Born in Ancona, Italy, Beatrice Petrocchi graduated in flute from the Conservatory of Perugia, Italy. She then obtained a Second Level Academic Diploma with honors and specialized in Choral Direction, Composition, Alexander Technique and Flute at The Juilliard School in New York, USA.

She gained a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy, a higher specialization diploma from the Music Academy in Pescara, Italy, and a diploma in Chamber Music from the Academy of Imola, Italy. She has won competitions at a national and international level and is a founder and first flute of the flute Quartet “Image”. Her intensive concert activity includes performances in chamber and orchestral formations in Italy and abroad.

She holds a diploma in music Didactics obtained from the Conservatory of Pesaro, Italy, and is the author of several publications about Music Didactics published with Tresei and Capitello. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the association Zonamusica in Ancona, Italy, and teaches flute at Liceo Musicale C. Rinaldini in Ancona, Italy.

http://www.quartettoimage.it

Danilo Mezzadri

Danilo Mezzadri, is Professor of Flute at the University of Southern Mississippi, faculty member at Festival de Música nas Montanhas (Brazil), and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI). He is also president and founder of International Flute Workshop (Italy) and Southern Flute Festival (MS).

Danilo’s performances have been reviewed as “gorgeous” (Flute Quarterly and Detroit Press) “with a limpid sound, and coaxing every ounce of lyricism” (Jackson Patriot). His CD Brazilian Soundscapes, was regarded as “music of a high order that deserves a welcome from a global audience” (The American Record Guide). In his most recent CD Epigrams, Danilo is described as having “glowing, golden tone” and “vivid musicality bringing each work to life, regardless of tonality” (Fanfarre Magazine). He also was described as having “a lovely ‘voice’ with and enviable dexterity” (British Flute Society). Danilo is considered one of the “great names in Brazilian Music” (Gazeta do Povo).Danilo Mezzadri, is Professor of Flute at the University of Southern Mississippi, faculty member at Festival de Música nas Montanhas (Brazil), and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI). He is also president and founder of International Flute Workshop (Italy) and Southern Flute Festival (MS).

Dr. Mezzadri is prize winner in many competitions, such as the International Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Competition, Michigan State University Honors Concerto Competition, and the Brazilian International Flute Association Competition. His performances have been broadcast by Rede Vida Television in Brazil and by National Public Radio in the US.

Danilo Mezzadri has appeared as a soloist with more than forty ensembles, including Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Pró-Música Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, and Camerata Florianópolis. Upcoming performances include the North American Premiere of Magical Concerto by the Italian composer Armando Guidoni and the World Premiere of a new flute concerto by the Spanish composer Jose Ignacio Blesa Lull.

Besides being Principal Flute Soloist at Gulf Coast and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras, Danilo performs with Quarteto Brasilis, a flute and strings group that features South American music; CATEGORY 5, a faculty woodwind quintet at The University of Southern Mississippi; and Accent Trio, with soprano Susan Ruggiero and pianist Elizabeth Moak. A sought-after artist, Danilo Mezzadri has annually served as a guest teacher and soloist throughout the Americas and Europe.

Danilo Mezzadri earned his Bachelors degree at Escola de Música e Belas Arts do Paraná where he received the First Prize Award in his graduation class. He also earned a Bachelors in Public Law from the prestigious Universidade Federal do Paraná. He earned a Master of Music in flute performance, Master of Musicology, and Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance from Michigan State University.

www.danilomezzadri.com

Fabio Angelo Colajanni

Fabio Angelo Colajanni is flute and piccolo soloist with the Italian Army Band. He joined that prestigious ensemble through an international audition in 2000. He teaches flute and piccolo at School Anton Rubinsteinand Academy Sherazade in Rome, at the School of Music in Ferentino, and at the Latina Conservatory in Gaeta.

Mr. Colajanni has been featured as guest artist at several venues in the US such as The Southern Mississippi University, Emory University in Atlanta, and Boston Flute Academy. He also regularly teaches in Italy at Falaut Campus in Salerno, Incontri Musicali Severino Gazzelloni in Florence, and International Flute Workshop in Roccasecca. Fabio has occupied the position of artistic director of S. Gazzelloni International Festival for 10 years.

Fabio is the winner of several national and international competitions such as E. Krakamp, Città di Ovada, and 2004 International Competition V. Bucchi in Rome. At the competition, Fabio was awarded unanimously with “the best execution of the Valentino Bucchi’s Concerto for Piccolo.”

Fabio has recordings with Naxos, Scomegna, Sony, Stradivarius, and Warner Classic labels. He also has performed for several television productions at Mediaset and RAI stations. Fabio has been touring through Italy and abroad, including several performances in Africa, Asia, USA, and Europe. He has performed in several important venues sus as Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Grand Theater in Shangai.

Besides an intense concert activity as soloist chamber music performer, Fabio regularly performs with Orchestra Regionale di Roma e del Lazio, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Teatro S. Carlo di Napoli, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He has played with many conductors, such as D. Barenboim,R. F. de Burgos, D. Harding, A. Pappano, D. Rustioni, and N. Santi.

Fabio completed his studies at the “L. Refice” Conservatory in Frosinone with Paolo Zampini. He also studied flute with M. Marasco and A. Oliva, and piccolo with B. P. Lombardi, N. Mazzanti and M. Simeoli. Fabio attended several specialization courses in very important Academies, such as “International Sommerakademie Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Academy of Music in Florence, and Italian Academy of Music in Rome.

Christopher Chaffee

Christopher Chaffee is Professor of Flute and Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Wright State University. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he is a frequent guest artist and clinician at high schools and universities across the United States, and serves on the flute faculty at the world-renown Interlochen Arts Camp.  Dr. Chaffee is a recording artist and blogger with New York City based Open G Records, and his 2015 album Four Prayers is available worldwide and is in regular rotation on numerous NPR stations. His students have recently earned prizes in the Central Ohio Flute Association, National Flute Association, WDPR Talent Search, and Clark Haines Memorial competitions.  Former students have earned faculty positions at universities and in orchestras across the US, occupy solo chairs in prestigious military bands, and have continued their studies at elite music schools such as Eastman, Colburn, and Michigan.

Recent solo and chamber music highlights include performances at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, Faculty Chamber Concerts at Interlochen, and the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and 2017 National Flute Association conventions. Dr. Chaffee has performed with the ARC contemporary ensemble, Ensemble Sirius, Columbus Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Grand Traverse Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Penn’s Woods Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Bach Society, Kentucky Symphony, Heidelberg Schlossfestspiel Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic. Dr. Chaffee is also a highly respected music writer with hundreds of reviews published in American Record Guide, and was the author of widely popular program notes for the Dayton Philharmonic for several seasons.

Dr. Chaffee is an Arts Education advocate and non-profit leader. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, President of Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and former Chair of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition, which grew to international acclaim under his leadership.  He was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve as a member of the 2019-20 Ohio Fine Arts Standards Revision Advisory committee.

Dr. Chaffee is an honors graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was a four-year scholarship student. He received his BM from Eastman School of Music, MM from Michigan State University, and DMA from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He also received further orchestral and solo training as a full scholarship student at Brevard Music Center, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Bowdoin Summer Festival.  His teachers and mentors are Bonita Boyd, Richard Sherman, and Jack Wellbaum.

Carlos Feller

Brazilian flutist Carlos Feller received his Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University. He holds at B.M. From the Paraná State University — Brazil, and a M.M. in flute performance from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Feller was prizewinner in competitions such as the William T. Gower Concert Competition, Music Teacher National Association, and the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist competition.

Carlos Feller is a member of the ensemble transverse color, a chamber group dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque music on period instruments. An enthusiast of new music for flute, he has performed at the International Computer Music Conference in New Orleans, at the international Michel debost Composition Competition in Curitiba-Brazil, and at the XV Biennial Festival of new music at Florida State University. International appearances as a recitalist and clinician includes Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, France, and Switzerland.

Dr. Feller currently serves as the Director of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble in its 37th season, and on the faculty of Ouachita Baptist University.

Mary Chung

Dr. Mary Chung began playing piano in South Korea and continued with her studies and graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. She holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from North Greenville University, a MM, and DMA in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chung is an active soloist and collaborative artist. She has performed both nationally and tuition, in France, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras. Her Solo awards include first place in the 11th Luis A. Ferré International Piano Competition (Puerto Rico), winner of the William T. Gower Concerto Competition at the University of Southern Mississippi, finalist in the concert competition at the Brevard Music Festival , alternate winner in Mississippi’s Mtna Young Artist auditions, as well as recipient of the Music Teachers National Association’s Student Achievement Recognition Award.

During her doctoral studies, Chung was the recipient of one of the University of Southern Mississippi doctoral assistantship Award, a competitive award for doctoral students who have demonstrated outstanding work.

She has accompanied numerous degree recitals and master classes, as well as state, regional, and national competitions for both singers and instrumentalists. Chung has also served as a pianist for the Southern opera and Music Theater Company, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, meistersingers, Oratorio Chorus and others.

Chung served as a full time faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as Oklahoma Baptist University, as Adjunct professor at Belhaven College, piano instructor for piano Institute at the William Carey University, “Appasionato” Music camp in Dominican Republic, and at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Dr. Chung has served as adjudicator for piano competitions in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

In the Fall of 2017 Dr. Chung joined the faculty as coordinator of the piano department at Ouachita Baptist University.