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Parthena Owens is an accomplished musician and teacher who joined the Oklahoma City University music faculty in 1989. Raised near Pratt, Kansas, she earned her undergraduate degree from OCU and received her Master’s in Flute Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala.
Parthena is beginning her 32nd season with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where she is currently 2nd flutist. She is the flutist for the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble where she has been a featured soloist and chamber musician. Parthena also plays with the Lyric Theatre and National Broadway Touring Show pit orchestras.
Past credits include principal flutist and soloist with the Lawton Philharmonic, flutist with Go for Baroque, flutist/piccoloist with the Norman Philharmonic, the Sinfonia of Mid-America and American Music Festival Orchestras. She played with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Arts Woodwind Quintet and has been soloist with the OCU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Philharmonic.
At OCU, Parthena teaches applied flute to all undergraduate/ graduate flute and multiple woodwind students, flute master class, flute choir, instrumental pedagogy, and coaches woodwind quintets and chamber music. She and her OCU flute choir performed at the 2001 National Flute Convention, and was to perform last summer at the convention in Dallas.
Parthena is a founding member of the Oklahoma Flute Society and a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni group. She is an active freelance and recording musician and maintains a private flute studio, where many of her students have been selected for honor bands and competition award winners.
VALERIE WATTS is principal flute with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and professor of flute at the University of Oklahoma, School of Music. Her appointment at the University of Oklahoma includes membership of its resident faculty quintet, The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet. During the summers, Dr. Watts has taught at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (1995-2006) and continues to perform as principal flute with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra since 1998.A finalist for the 1993 Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas Enterprises, Dr. Watts has been the featured performer at festivals abroad (Classic Music Seminar, Eisentstadt, Austria; Natal, Brazil; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada and American Music Festival, Geneva, Switzerland) and performed solo and chamber music engagements as well in the United States (California, New Hampshire, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and South Carolina). She was the artist-in-residence at Xu Beihong, School of the Arts, Remni University in Beijing, China (October 2006). In 2001, she was featured on a concert promoting music by Oklahoman composers performing Michael Hennagin’s Sonata for Flute and Pianoat the National Flute Association convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, she performed again at the NFA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada to honor her mentor Bonita Boyd, recipient of the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award. An enthusiastic student of early music performance practice, Dr. Watts was granted a fellowship to attend the 1994 Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook, NY. She has recorded with CBS Masterworks, Integra and W.W. Norton labels.Education:bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Music and MM and DMA degrees, including the Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music.
The video from the first round clinic with Nancy Stizza-Ortega can be found here
Nancy Stizza-Ortega plays piccolo and third flute in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and principal flute in the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to her work as a performer, she teaches at Southern Nazarene University and has a large private studio of elementary, middle, and high school students. She has also played with the Fort Smith Symphony and the Norman Philharmonic. She was an instructor at Oklahoma Baptist University for nineteen years. She is a founding member and past president of the Oklahoma Flute Society. She has been featured in the Sunday Oklahoman newspaper, and the Oklahoma City Orchestra League newsletter, Opus.
Mrs. Stizza-Ortega earned her Master of Music in flute performance and her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. She also attended the Aspen Music School (CO), the Classical Music Seminar (Austria), and the Chautauqua Institution (NY). Her principal teachers include Valerie Watts, Christine Smith, Richard Sherman, and David Shostac.