The Studio

Joyce Choi


Flutist Joyce Choi holds a BM in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with Terri Sundberg. A native of Valencia, California, she has recently participated the Marrowstone Music Festival and the Hot Springs Music Festival, working with renowned flutists Jill Felber and Virginia Broffitt-Kunzer. Ms. Choi won second prize at the Oklahoma Flute Society’s Collegiate Competition. She has performed in masterclasses for Bonita Boyd, Jonathan Keeble, and Conor Nelson among many others. Former teachers include Kristyn Son, Johanna Borenstein, and Kate Prestia-Schaub. Joyce is currently finishing her MM in Flute Performance at Northwestern University under John Thorne.


Julia Clipper


Julia is a junior pursuing a double major in flute performance and music education. She is from Millbunr, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. In high school, Julia attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, where she studied with Linda Chesis, and spent five summers at Interlochen Arts Camp. Julia has also studied at the Centre d’arts Orford with Robern Langevin, Mathieu Dufour, Jennifer Gunn, and Denis Blutaeu. She has also been an intern for the New Jersey Symphony’s Department of Education and Community Engagement and a teacher at the El Sistema affiliated Corona Youth Music Project in New York.

Leanna Ginsburg


Leanna Ginsburg is a first year master’s degree student at Northwestern University where she is currently pursing a degree in flute performance under Professor John Thorne.

In May of 2016, Leanna graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase where she studied with Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor. While studying at Purchase, she performed with the symphony orchestra, under the direction of Ransom Wilson, and the opera orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Murphy. She was also active in the new music scene premiering new works by young and emerging composers. As a student at Purchase College, Leanna won both the Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior awards in Classical Music Performance. Her past teachers include Jan Vinci and Susan Ginsburg.

This past summer, Leanna attended the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland where she performed with the Festival Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2015, she played with the Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestras in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is also the second flute fellow for the 2016-2017 season of the Eugene Ballet Company in Eugene, Oregon.

Leanna is also a freelance photographer specializing in portrait work. She spends her free time traveling, visiting specialty restaurants, and doing Pilates.


Ayla Goktan

goktanAyla is a 5th-year undergraduate in the dual degree program studying flute performance and psychology. She comes from Raleigh, North Carolina, where she played in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, or TYP (the youth symphony of the NC Symphony) for several years during high school and was flutist for the TYP wind quintet. Prior to studying with John Thorne, Ayla studied with Anne Dyke and Mary Boone.

Since coming to Northwestern, Ayla has pursued both flute and psychology at high levels. Her other academic interests include Spanish, Turkish, and poetry. While studying abroad in Seville, Spain, in fall 2015, Ayla studied flute at la Escuela de Música de Joaquín Turina. In addition to classical music, she is very interested in the folk musicology of various countries, including Spain, Turkey, and Peru. In her spare time she enjoys reading, yoga, and meditation.

Wheelin Han

lynn-profile-picWheelin Han (Lynn Han), originally from South Korea, is a second year of Master of Music at Northwestern University majoring Flute Performance under Professor John Thorne. She has received her BM in Flute Performance at the University of North Texas where she studied with Terri Sundberg. Wheelin won 1st prize at Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Competition and was selected as a winner at Texas Flute Society Orchestral Excerpts Master Class Competition. She has participated in the Marrowstone Music Festival and Hot Springs Music Festival. Also, her name was on the 2016 NFA Orchestral Audition Competition as a first alternate finalist. Her major teachers include Young Joo Lee, Nami Kimura, Penny Zent, Jennifer Keeney, Terri Sundberg, and John Thorne.

JingPing He



Coming from Beijing, China, this is JingPing’s sixth year studying in the United States. She began studying flute at the age of 8 with Xiaoyi Li. Since then, JingPing has studied with artists including John Thorne at Northwestern University, Nancy Stagnitta at Interlochen Arts Academy, Dr Jane Hoffman, Yizhen Ni and Yongxin Lu. She has won 1st places in many competitions including the Beijing Young Artist Soloist Competition and the Florida Flute Association High School Soloist Competition, and second place of the SEMFA High School Soloist Competition. She has studied with Bonita Boyd, James Walker, Jeffrey Zook, and Linda Toote through summer camps and masterclass. In her free time, JingPing enjoys hunting for good restaurants, cooking, doing pilates, and shopping.

Ashley Hunter

image-1Ashley is pursuing her Masters of Music degree at Northwestern studying with John Thorne.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying flute with Michael Parloff and piccolo additionally with Stephanie Mortimore. Her high school teachers were Mercedes Smith and Aralee Dorough.

Ashley recently served as co-principal flute with Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra, and has spent seasons performing at Siena Music Festival in Italy as well as Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has performed as a soloist with Houston Symphony Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, and Houston Youth Symphony where she began her orchestral training. Subsequently, Ashley was awarded prizes in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. Her interests outside of music include tennis, mountain biking, and Taekwondo.


Rachel Johnstone


Rachel Johnstone is a sophomore at Northwestern University studying flute performance and chemical engineering.  Rachel is from Hudson, Ohio and studied violin and theory in CIM’s preparatory department before continuing on to flute.  Rachel has won the Central Ohio Flute Associations Senior division competition, NFA high school flute choir competition, second in the North East Ohio Young Artist competition, second in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concerto competition and was a finalist in the Eastern Music Festival concerto competition.   She was principal flutist of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and rotating principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.  Rachel has attended Interlochen Arts Academy with Philip Dikeman and Alexa Still, and the Eastern Music Festival studying with Les Roettges. At the Eastern Music festival Rachel played assistant principal for the Eastern Festival Orchestra and principal flute, second flute and piccolo for the Young Artist Orchestras.  Rachel has played in masterclasses for Demarre McGill, Molly Barth, and Jennifer Gunn.  She has studied with John Thorne, Richard Graef, Saeran St.Christopher, George Pope, and Jane Berkner. In her spare time Rachel enjoys baking cupcakes and other desserts.


Susan Kang

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-21-51-pmSusan Kang is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying with John Thorne and Richard Graef. Kang has received numerous awards in competitions, including first prize at the Chicago Flute Club’s Donald Peck Competition, as well as the Musician’s Club of Women’s Farwell Trust Award. A sought after orchestral musician, Kang received a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, has been selected as a semi-finalist of the New World Symphony, and served as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She had the privilege of performing under prominent conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Stéphane Denève, Stefan Asbury, Ken-David Masur, and Jacques Lacombe. Kang also performed in masterclasses for renowned artists including Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Langevin, Paula Robison, and Denis Bluteau at Domaine Forget and the Orford Academy. She previously studied with Anne Zentner.

Christine Kim


Christine Kim is from Dallas, Texas and is a freshman studying Flute Performance and Music Education. She studied under Monica Song for 6 years and was a member of the top orchestra in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program. She is a national finalist in the woodwind division of the Music Teachers National Association competition and a Texas All-State member. She has won Outstanding Soloist at the Texas Flute Festival four times, and has won first place at the Dallas Symphonic Festival three times. She was also invited to perform at the MTNA’s young artist recital, where she received a scholarship for her performance. She received the Most Outstanding Performer award at the Texas Summer Flute Symposium, and has won Outstanding Soloist at Solo & Ensemble for four years. Christine has also received the Outstanding Soloist award at the TSSEC and performed in master classes with Bonita Boyd, Demarre McGill, Paula Robison, Judith Mendenhall, Lisa Garner Santa, and Shauna Thompson.


Mallika Patel

image1Mallika is a sophomore studying Flute Performance and Neuroscience. She is from Germantown Hills, IL and studied with Dr. Kyle Dzapo before coming to Northwestern. She has also played in masterclasses with Amy Porter, Jonathan Keebler, Keith Underwood, and Judith Mendenhall. On campus, she is involved with AMASE (Academy for Music and Arts in Special Education), SASA (South Asian Students Association), Sigma Alpha Iota, and is a Peer Adviser for first year students. Besides playing flute, Mallika loves to hike, snowboard, drink coffee, and travel.



Bridget Pei

new-yorkCurrently a freshman pursuing a double major in Flute Performance and Music Education, Bridget Pei hails from Los Angeles, California. Prior to Northwestern, Bridget’s primary teachers included Benjamin Smolen and Rena Urso-Trapani. Throughout high school, Bridget was an active member in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as principal of the SCSBOA Honor Symphony Orchestra. When her high school performed Brahms Symphony No 4 in the National Orchestra Cup in New York City, Bridget was awarded the “outstanding soloist” award. She has spent summers playing as principal with the Idyllwild Chamber and Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist’s Orchestra. Through summer institutes and masterclasses, Bridget has worked and studied with Amy Porter, Cynthia Meyers, Clint Foreman, and Linda Toote.

Bridget is also a huge fan of basketball, cooking, dogs, tacos, and The Office. She credits all her success to those around her, including her teachers, friends, and family.


Nate Pham


Nate Pham is a junior in the dual degree program hailing from Maplewood, New Jersey, and is currently studying flute and mathematics. His past teachers have included Laura Gilbert, Jill Sokol, and Julietta Curenton. For the past two summers, Nate has attended Orford Musique in Quebec, Canada, studying with Denis Bluteau, Robert Langevin, and Jennifer Gunn. He has also performed in masterclasses for Keith Underwood, Mimi Stillman, Kaz Tokito, Amy Porter, Carol Wincenc, and Christina Smith. In high school, he attended Mannes Prep, was a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Nate also plays competitive Smash Bros Melee, is a world ranked Tetris player, and enjoys hiking.





Drew Powell

Drew Powell is a first-year graduate student in rigorous preparation for a future career in classical music. He has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music. Drew graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Dr. April Clayton. Drew enjoys living an active lifestyle outside of music. He and his wife love cooking together, and enjoy hobbies including yoga, rock climbing, hiking, slack lining, and ballroom dance.


Hyejeong Ryu

Hyjeong Ryu is currently in her second year as a graduate flute performance major in the studio of Professor John Thorne at the Northwestern University. She was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra wind symphony, as was a two year Texas All-Stater. She won first place in Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition and NFA Masterclass Performers Competition. She also won Clara Fresher Nelson Scholarship from the Texas Association of Music and the Charles and Kathryn Parker Scholarship from University of North Texas. Her former teachers are Terri Sandberg from University of North Texas and Monica Song in Dallas Texas.



Emma Silberstein


Emma Silberstein, from Delray Beach, Florida, is a Senior pursuing a bachelors degree in flute performance at Northwestern.  Her past instructors include Kim Calvi and Karen Dixon, and she currently studies with John Thorne.  Over the past two years, she has been a member of the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Ensemble.  In the past, Emma has been in master classes with Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud, Jennifer Gunn, and Lorna McGhee, participated in the New World Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra, and attended summer music programs at the Orford Arts Centre and Domaine Forget.  Outside of classical music, Emma enjoys seeing musical theatre performances, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Grace Teeter


Grace is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Northwestern University. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Grace participated in several ensembles in Cleveland throughout high school, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, an orchestra dedicated to premiering new works – often from local composers – that are outside the classical tradition. Grace won the CYO concerto competition in 2011, and performed Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto with the orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses in Ohio and Massachusetts, including with Marianne Gedigian, Joshua Smith, Tara Helen O’Connor, Trevor Wye, Mario Caroli, Nicola Mazzanti, and others. Grace completed her undergraduate studies at the Boston Conservatory with Ann Bobo, where she was an active member of both the orchestra and wind ensemble. 

When not playing the flute, she enjoys cooking (and eating, obviously), drinking large amounts of coffee, reading, and doing yoga.