Meet the Flute Studio
Meet the Flute Studio
Students in the UNCSA Flute Studio range from high school to graduate-level studies. The studio is led by Dr. Tadeu Coelho. Meet the 2021-22 studio members below.
Dr. Tadeu CoelhoTadeu Coelho teaches flute at UNCSA. Prior to teaching at UNCSA, he served as associate professor of flute at the University of Iowa (1997-2002), as assistant professor of flute at the University of New Mexico (1992-97) and as visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy in Croatia. He frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician and master clinician throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist of the Santa Fe Symphony, Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, among others.
Ivan Felipe Muñoz Vargas
Ivan Felipe Muñoz Vargas was born and raised in Neiva, Huila (in the South of Colombia). He began his musical studies at eight years old in the music school National Music Foundation BATUTA (2002). His first teachers during his childhood and teenage years were Pedro Dussan Salazar (flute teacher, chamber music and wind symphonic band) and Rafael Serrano Barceló (symphonic orchestra and accompaniment piano). He was a teacher and first flute in the Chia Symphonic Band under the baton of Jesus Orielso Jacome.
Ivan is the former teacher of the Regional Huila Conservatory of Music & Chant, a position he held from 2019 – July 2021. After completing his studies in Bogota, he returned to Neiva, Huila, where he continued to teach. His students are successful and have been accepted to continue their studies at several prominent music schools in Colombia. In 2019, he assumed the Musical Direction of the Hands of Piece musical social band school program. In 2020, he continued being faculty of the same program, though the program name changed to Artistic Education Schools.
Since May 2021, he is the Musical Coordinator of Artistic Education Schools of his
home state. Ivan gave recitals and concerts to stay in shape and work with his colleague
and friend Guitar Nicolas Guerrero, in a Flute-Guitar Duet named Magenta-Duo, playing
Latin-American music and folklore music. Magenta-Duo was part of the Anselmo Duran
Colombian Andean Music competition in 2019 and 2021 and won 5th place in 2022. In
2021, the best year of the ensemble, they won a competition in Ibague-Tolima (2nd
Place) and were selected as one of the best musical ensembles in Huila State. Ivan
graduated with his bachelor's degree from El Bosque University, and have studied with
Javier Olave and Rafael Aponte. Ivan is a graduate student in Dr. Tadeu Coelho’s flute
studio at UNCSA.
Victoria KingVictoria King is a first-year undergrad studying music composition. Although she isn't a flute major, she is grateful to be playing in the flute ensemble to continue learning about her instrument, her peers, and music itself.
Eden LigonEden Ligon is a flutist from Hillsborough, NC, and a high school senior UNCSA. They have played in the Triangle Youth Symphony, as well as various wind ensembles and jazz groups. They have studied with Katherine Woodrum, Pauline Gray, and studied at the Governor’s School of North Carolina and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Additionally, they have played in numerous district and state-level honors bands, the Carolina Band Festival, and are a current member of the Raleigh Area Flute Association. Eden loves playing a wide variety of genres, dabbles in jazz saxophone, and hopes to grow immensely as a musician under the guidance of Tadeu Coelho at UNCSA.
Daniel Peña CruzDaniel is a Colombian flutist who earned his B.M. in 2022 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, where he studied with Rafael Rodriguez. He is currently in his first year of pursuing a master's degree in flute performance at UNCSA with Dr. Tadeu Coelho. Throughout his musical career, he has participated in international tours, having been chosen to join the Colombia-France Binational Symphony Orchestra and the Javeriana Symphony Orchestra. He recently worked as a flutist in the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic Band and has achieved outstanding results in competitions within his country, including second place in the International Flute Workshop in the Colombian Southwest, third place in the 1st International Flute Festival in Sopó, and winning the convocation for “Artistic Residency and Participation in The Binational Orchestra Concert- Cross Seasons 2017” as the first flutist.
Margaret SechrestMargaret is a native of McLean, Virginia and is currently a first-year undergraduate student at UNCSA studying Flute Performance with Dr. Tadeu Coelho. She began her more formal musical studies at age 11 but has always had a love for music and the flute. Maggie has been a member of numerous ensembles including the Flute Society of Washington’s Junior Flute Choir at the Mid Atlantic Flute Convention in 2018, the George Mason University Combined High School Flute Choir, Interlochen’s Intermediate Wind Symphony program, as well as performing with the award-winning Cooper Middle School Symphonic Band and the Langley High School Wind Symphony. She has also been a member of the prestigious American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra programs playing in their flute ensemble, concert orchestra, and philharmonic orchestra. Some highlights of her musical career include studying with flutist Dr. Laura Kaufman, during which time she attended master classes including performing at the Eastman School of Music for The Artistic Flutist: Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass, participating in Juilliard’s Music Theory and Ear Training college program for high school students, and has participated in music performance workshops at the Music for All festival in Indianapolis and the Virginia Music Educators Association’s conference.
Flutist Gabrielle Small is a south Florida native and a first-year graduate student at UNCSA. She previously attended the University of South Florida where she earned degrees in Music and Environmental Science and Policy. Her principal flute teacher is Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish. During her undergraduate studies, Gabrielle maintained an active teaching career coaching the flute section of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony and working as an assistant educator at the Florida Oceanographic Society. She now works as a graduate assistant in the UNCSA library.
Gabrielle has been performing in musical organizations throughout the state of Florida, including the Treasure Coast Academy Orchestra, the University of South Florida Flute Ensemble, the Treasure Coast Flute Choir, the Florida Flute Association annual convention, and has been featured in concert series with the Martin County Arts Council. She has also been featured performing in masterclasses for renowned flutists such as Marina Piccinini and Paul Edmund-Davies. In 2021, she won second prize in the Bellegrande International Music Competition and was named runner-up for the Florida Music Teacher’s National Competition state round division in 2018, 2020, 2021.
Recently, in March 2022, Gabrielle was one of several flutists who performed the premiere of Samuel Zyman’s duet for two flutes titled “Intuition.” In addition to performance, Gabrielle continues to search for new ways to connect both her passion for the arts and sciences.