Vice-President of Artistic Development at the Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company in Boston, Massachusetts, Steven P. Finley began his 30-year tenure in the field of fine flute making while completing his post-graduate studies and participating in the international performance scene. As founder of FluteFX and repairman extraordinaire, he presents lecture recitals on flutes, flute-design, and flutists, throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree and Artist Diploma credits from the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the Caracas Philharmonic in Venezuela as assistant principal flute. He has also performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Academy of Music, Pittsburgh Symphony under conductors as Bernstein, Dutoit, Ozawa, and Commissiona. His primary teachers include Britton Johnson, Bernard Z. Goldberg, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, and James Pappoutsakis. In addition, he spent 20 years working at Verne Q. Powell Flutes, where he was the Vice-President of Artistic Quality and Design.
Femi Oladeji has had an eclectic past, ranging from modeling and commercial work, to film actor and singer for the Soultans, a London-based soul/pop touring group. Since moving to Vienna, Femi has continued his work in a variety of fields, as a licensed Shiatsu therapist in a private medical clinic in the heart of Vienna and as a fitness and Pilates instructor at Holmes Place and the John Harris Club. He is a 36th generation Shaolin warrior monk and trains at the Shaolin Tempel Vienna.
Born as the youngest boy into a royal Nigerian family, Femi grew up in the roughest North London neighbourhood. Slight of stature and of a gentle, introverted nature the young boy was constantly the victim of discrimination and bullying. At one point beaten and left for dead on the street by a vicious gang of thugs, Femi withdrew into the world of Marvel Comics and decided to model himself after his heroes. His training is an inspiring testament to the power of perserverance and personal transformation. Femi is now the best example of his own control your breath method.
David Le, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, was the winner of the Young Artist Competitions of the Florida Flute Association, Hampton Roads Flute Faire, and has been a prizewinner of competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, National Flute Association, South Carolina Flute Society, and the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is also a grantee of the Friends of Flutes Foundation and winner of the National Flute Association's Frances Blaisdell Memorial Scholarship.
Le is flute faculty at the OPUS Community Music School and previously taught with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program. Past engagements include the Florida Flute Convention, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Community College of Baltimore County, Florida State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of South Florida.
Le earned a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. His principal teachers are Kim McCormick and Marina Piccinini. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree with Sarah Frisof at the University of Maryland.
A flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians and give performances around the globe. Katy Wherry has studied with distinguished flute players such as Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson, Michelle Stanley and has participated in masterclasses with world renowned musicians including Sir James Galway, Marina Piccinini, and Marianne Gedigian. She received her Master’s Degree from The University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied both classical and jazz performance. Katy has performed recitals throughout the world, including tours of England and Brazil, including with the Colorado Symphony and the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
As a freelance musician and soloist, Katy has been the recipient of many awards. The most recent of which includes the 2017 Galway Rising Star award. Katy has a versatile flute studio with students ranging in age, ability and experience. In January 2018, Katy joined the Flutistry Boston team.