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.

Dr. Tadeu Coelho

Tadeu CoelhoTadeu Coelho teaches flute at UNCSA. Prior to teaching at UNCSA, he served as associate professor of flute at the University of Iowa from 1997-2002, as assistant professor of flute at the University of New Mexico from 1992-1997 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.


Emma Broberg

Emma BrobergEmma Jane Broberg began playing the flute at the age of five when her mother enrolled her in a group flute class at the local community center. Over the past 20 years of flute playing, she has had opportunity to perform around the country and around the world in Australia, Germany, the Czech Republic, DR Congo and the Philippines.

Emma is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. Her love of music has led her to continue her studies as a graduate student of Dr. Tadeu Coelho at UNCSA

Erika Bradley

Erika BradleyAlthough she was born in Canada, Erika Bradley has spent the majority of her life in Cary, North Carolina. Inspired by her great-grandmother’s music teaching, she joined middle school band in sixth grade playing the flute. Since then, Erika has joined TRI-M National Music Honors Society, was made the Assistant-Director of the Apex High School Flute Choir and has won several trophies for Superior Performances at both the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s Solo and Ensemble Fest and the Smokey Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She came to UNCSA in the Fall of 2018 as a High School Junior, and hopes to pursue an orchestral career with instruction from world-renowned flutist, Tadeu Coelho.

Grant Develle

Grant DevelleGrant Develle has been playing the flute since he was in sixth grade band. His accomplishments include working as principal chair in the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, performing with the Eclectic Winds Quartet and traveling to Germany to perform both solo and chamber works for the Altenburg Music Festival. He has also been a part of the orchestra pit for a contemporary opera entitled La Coeur de La Pucelle composed in 2018 by Peter Corneliussen. Grant has had the opportunity to perform in a number of church masses, local concerts and other venues.

Thomas Swanson

Thomas SwansonThomas Swanson is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he studied with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia and received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance. Thomas has been recognized in many state competitions including being the winner of the Advanced Masterclass at the Florida Flute Convention with Paula Robison and Leone Buyse, the Texas Flute Festival Masterclass Competition with Gary Schocker, the Wisconsin Flute Festival Masterclass competition with Marianne Gedigian and receiving 2nd Prize in the High School Young Artists’ Competition and the College Young Artists’ Competition at the Florida Flute Association.

In the summers, Thomas has the opportunity of participating in camps such as Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists’ Orchestra, the Orford Academy with Paula Robison, Academie Internationale d’ete Nice with Philippe Bernold and the Engaged Flutist with Timothy Hagen and Marianne Gedigian.

During his undergraduate studies, Thomas performed with the Flute Knights at the National Flute Convention in 2019 and did a tour in Guatemala. Thanks to the Flute@UCF series, he has had the opportunity to perform for flutists such as Robert Dick, Bernard Goldberg, Bonita Boyd, Bart Feller, Mark Sparks,  Philippe Bernold and William Bennett.

Thomas will be continuing his studies pursuing a Master's in Music Performance studying under the direction of Tadeu Coelho.

Tom Barkal

Tom BarkalBorn and raised in New Milford, Connecticut, Tom Barkal is an adventurous flutist known mostly for his efforts to vitalize compositions by lesser-known composers.  Colleagues have described his music as, “an inspiration to break from tradition
and explore more of the musical world.” As a fourth generation Slovak-American, Tom was first motivated to explore music by Eastern European composers such as Paul Schoenfield and Erwin Shulhoff. He has since pursued performances of a variety of world-music, most recently by Venezuelan composer Exequiel Mantega and French composer Guillaume Connesson. Outside of solo performing, Tom has been busy as principal to the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra performing prominent works such as Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Porgy and Bess in collaboration with Opera Noire.

While studying music education and performance at Ithaca College, Tom experimented playing with a variety of chamber ensembles and aimed to present unique and exotic combinations of sound to his audiences. Tom’s woodwind quintet was praised by the Akropolis Reed Quintet for their portrayal of gypsy themes in their 2017 performance of Tzigane by Valerie Coleman. Although he hopes to one day travel the world as both an educator and performer, Tom is currently completing a master’s program in flute performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studies with Dr. Tadeu Coelho and explores a diverse range of performance opportunities.

Sean Worcester

Sean WorcesterOriginally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sean Worcester is a second year graduate student in the UNCSA Flute Studio. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after completing a double major in Music Education and Flute Performance. During his time as UNCSA, he has performed with the Flute Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

Sean’s primary instructors include Doctors Tadeu Coelho, Jennifer Clippert and Kortney James. Sean also has a special interest in new music, and has pushed his desire to play this music by performing with groups such as Present Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ricardo Gil

Ricardo GilsRicardo Gil is a first year graduate student at UNCSA earning his M.M. in Flute Performance. Before residing at UNCSA, he earned his B.M. in Flute Performance at Indiana State University. While earning his B.M., he distinguished himself in a variety of ways both on and off campus with multiple honors and awards both musically and academically, including the 2018 Presser Award.

Nationally, over the years, Ricardo has been chosen to perform in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choirs and multiple William Bennett masterclasses. Internationally, he has been awarded and performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City, Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and Weggis, Switzerland for many competitions. In addition, he has been sponsored by the Straubinger Flutes Co. to become a Straubinger Young Artist, as well as participate in multiple festivals, masterclasses and competitions throughout his career. He has performed multiple times, as a soloist, with the Dominican Wind Orchestra and the National Symphony Youth Orchestra of Santo Domingo.

Ricardo is active in the Associated Board Royal School of Music diplomas program, earning completion with distinction of grade IV and V in theory and grade VI in instrumental-flute. Ricardo was invited to participate in the Orchestral Workshop with the India National Youth Orchestra and professors of the University of Vienna in Lucknow, India. During the Summer of 2014, he attended masterclasses, rehearsals and performances in Winchester, England.

Ricardo has studied with Dr. Joyce Wilson, Claudio Barile, principal flutist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and Luis Ruiz, former principal flutist of the Santo Domingo Symphony Orchestra. Ricardo has participated in masterclasses with many renowned artists.

Jack King

Jack KingJack King will be starting his first year at UNCSA as a high school sophomore; a dream several years in the making. With the encouragement of his parents, Jack joined the school band in sixth grade. After trying out instruments varying from the saxophone to the oboe, he decided that his favorite was the flute. This curiosity in the flute followed him when he moved schools in the seventh grade. Through the support of his parents and teachers, he began auditioning for several honor bands and put a name out for himself. He participated in three years of All-District and All-State Honor Bands, UNCW Honors Band, NC Youth Wind Ensemble and just recently completed a European tour with the North Carolina Ambassadors of Music. Within this time, he began a passion for flute and took a tour of UNCSA. Shortly after the tour and some research of the school, he decided that it was the best place to let his musical career blossom.

Madelyn Sealey

Madelyn SealeyMadelyn Sealey’s interest in becoming a flutist was sparked at age 11 when she joined her middle school’s band program. As she excelled, she began studying privately with French flutist Nicolas Duchamp. With his help, Madelyn won seats in several local, regional and state-wide band and orchestral competitions throughout her high school years. She hopes to continue her success at UNCSA, now with the guidance and instruction of Dr. Tadeu Coelho.

Will O'Donoghue

Will O'DonohueWill O’Donoghue was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began playing flute at the age of nine. Throughout his primary schooling, Will was involved in numerous ensembles both in school and out of school, including: Youth Orchestras of Charlotte, Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble, All District Honors Band and various honors clinics and bands in the region. In the Charlotte area, Will has performed as a soloist at the St. Alban’s Youth Artist Series (Davidson) and at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (Charlotte). During the summers, he has attended Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University studying with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham. As a member of the Raleigh Area Flute Association, Will performed in the Fall 2018 Review & Contest accompanied by David Gilliland (Davidson College) receiving Division 7 Honorable Mention. Since 2015, Will has studied flute and piccolo with Shirley Gilpin (Charlotte Symphony and Queens University). This fall, Will enters UNCSA as a high school senior and is looking forward to studying with Dr. Tadeu Coelho.

Emily Osborne

Emily OsborneEmily Osborne is from North Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been playing flute for 11 years. She comes from a very musical family, and has always known it was something she wanted to get into. Emily has competed in MTNA, played in the NFA youth ensemble, as well as the SAA flute ensemble. She has played in orchestras since she was 12, specifically in flute ensembles for 9 years and is a trained Suzuki Book 1 Flute Teacher. Emily really wants to become a flute teacher and have her own private studio, and maybe even work a pit or orchestra job! Emily is going to be a sophomore this year studying with Dr. Tadeu Coelho.

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