Penn State flute professor to perform works of Joseph Hallman Jan. 22

January 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State flute professor Naomi Seidman will be joined by faculty colleagues, Penn State students, and local musicians in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in Esber Recital Hall. The performance highlights compositions written for flute and other instruments by Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman. Admission is free. The recital will be available livestreamed on the Penn State School of Music website.

Joseph Hallman’s residency at Penn State is sponsored by the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. The residency will include a performance of a work by Hallman, co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts, written for and performed by the trio of pianist Inon Barnatan, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and cellist Alicia Weilerstein. This performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium on Monday Jan. 23.

For more information visit the Classical Music Project website at For information on the Banatan, McGill, Weilerstein performance and to purchase tickets, go to


-- Four Pieces for Flute and Piano (Naomi Seidman, flute; Christopher Guzman, piano)

-- Second to None (Naomi Seidman, flute; Jonathan Dexter, cello; Anne Sullivan, harp)

-- Flute Choir World Premiere composition (commissioned by Windworks Studios for the Penn State Flute Choir)

-- Woodwind Octet (Naomi Seidman, flute; Anthony J. Costa, clarinet; Anthony Poehailos, bass clarinet; Timothy Hurtz, oboe; Noah Breneman, oboe; Lisa Bontrager, horn; Daryl Durran, bassoon; Helene Beck, bassoon)

Naomi Seidman joined the Penn State School of Music faculty in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and was first runner-up in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and Ballet Austin. She has also been an invited performer, judge and presenter at National Flute Association (NFA) conventions and is a member of the NFA Cultural Outreach Committee.

As a chamber musician, Seidman is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, a woodwind quintet comprised of Penn State faculty members. She also performs regularly with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, as the JANO Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for both groups, Seidman is dedicated to expanding repertoire for this combination of musicians. She has also collaborated with the Vienna Piano Trio and the Walden Chamber Players. She has participated in numerous festivals, including Yellow Barn, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and the Austin Chamber Music Center.

Seidman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts “Fast Track America Grant” and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture "Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.”

A dedicated educator, she has presented masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Ohio State University, Capital University, Ball State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend masterclasses and recitals given by a renowned flutists. The symposium’s guest artists have included Jill Felber, Bart Feller and Bonita Boyd.

Seidman received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Master of Music degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree the University of Texas at Austin.

Last Updated January 15, 2017