Philadelphia Area Flute Teachers
Michael Hudson-Casanova grew up in the Metro Detroit area and studied saxophone, flute and clarinet with several of the area’s most in-demand performers and instructors. He attended college at Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone and Music Education in December of 2016. While completing school, he was actively performing across Michigan in a variety of settings including small jazz ensembles, big bands, concert bands, and theatre productions. He also taught private students through one of Michigan’s most popular music stores and completed an internship at Northview Public Schools, where he instructed concert band, jazz band, and music theory classes for students in grades 4-12.
Recently, Michael moved to Philadelphia to pursue a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at Temple University. The strong music community in Philadelphia has given him opportunities to perform around the city and support to record his creative projects. Michael is gaining traction teaching and performing, and he has also become known for his writing and arranging. Michael has shared the stage with many jazz artists such as Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Randy Brecker, Fred Hersch and Miguel Zenon.
As a teacher, Michael values helping students build a positive relationship with music and their instrument. He teaches out of many method books and songbooks, but encourages his students to bring in music they enjoy the most because the best learning always takes place with excitement and personal interest. Michael’s diverse performance and education background allows him to teach many styles and genres, including whatever a student might be most attracted to in music.
Tyreese Pleasanton is a graduate of Lake Forest High School (2006) and Delaware State University (2015) with a degree in Music Performance. He is highly-motivated and energetic individual who has 12+ years of experience teaching music lessons. He has had the opportunity to participate in several ensembles including various marching bands, concert bands, woodwind quintets, and jazz ensembles. He has experience with solo work as well.
Tyreese was hired to perform with a professional orchestra for high school and college as well. He had the privilege to perform in pit orchestras for school musicals in high school and college. Tyreese's strong communication skills make him suited for diverse groups of musical learners. He is competent in playing a wide range of musical instruments. He is enthusiastic and thrives to transmit the passion of music to his students.
Tyreese has tutored primarily flute, clarinet, saxophone etc., (all woodwind instruments). Music is a challenging and fulfilling intellectual, physical, and emotional journey. It gives students opportunities for personal, moral, and social growth in addition to the basic skills of music instruction. Creating meaningful musical experiences gives students opportunities to grow and explore music in ways they would not on their own. Tyreese will always go above and beyond to make sure his students succeed by offering extra opportunities that will stretch and motivate them.
Flutist Xuan Li made her first professional debut in Hunan at the age of eleven in a performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major. She has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras ever since including the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Fushan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Changsha Arts School Orchestra. Ms. Li has won several awards including the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the University of Wyoming Jacob’s Concerto Competition, the China Woodwind Competition, the Hunan Winds Competition and the Chinese Young Artists Competition and was also selected as a finalist of 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions. Additionally, she was selected to perform in the honors convocation of the China Woodwind Competition as the exceptional winner that year. In 2008, she was invited to represent Mainland China in a performance of the “Concert of Chinese Exceptional Flutists of Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao” in Hong Kong. Furthermore she was granted the Excellent Musician Award of Xinghai Conservatory in 2009.
Li has held principal positions in numerous orchestras including the Fushan Philharmonic, the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the UW Wind Symphony, the Xinghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Xinghai Conservatory Flute Ensemble. Li has also held substitute positions for flute and piccolo in the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 concert season. Ms. Li was a member of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble and she maintains an active role in her duo with pianist and composer Ying Zheng and has toured throughout Southern China with Zheng as well as with her acclaimed flute, violin and piano trio. Additionally, her woodwind quintet “Spring” has performed all over the Northwest USA since their formation in 2009 and her flute quartet served as guest artists at the Hong Kong Flute Academy.
An advocate of contemporary music, Xuan Li is constantly working with composers to commission and premiere new works. In 2011 she was invited to collaborate with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon in the Western Premiere Tour and recording of her new work O’Magnum Mysterium. She has premiered numerous works by composers in both the USA and China, including works for solo flute/piccolo and piano as well as chamber and orchestral works. Mrs. Li held faculty position at the Eastman Community Music School from 2014-2017 where she served as the Director of the New Horizons (NH) Flute Ensemble, and as the NH Flute Mentor. She also gave masterclasses in China. She is active as a music educator and served as the Music Director for the Chinese School of Rochester’s youth choir. She held several teaching assistantships during her studies including positions at the University of Wyoming and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Li holds a Master of Music Performance degree from Arizona State University where she studied under renowned flutist Dr. Elizabeth Buck. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China and a Performance Certificate from the University of Wyoming.
Karena Crutchfield is a classically trained flutist originally from Richmond, VA. She graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance in 2018 under the tutelage of Kathryn Lukas. Karena has extensive orchestral and ensemble experience. She has performed as both flutist and piccoloist with IU's Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and has studied orchestral repertoire in winds and brass sectionals with Thomas Robertello and Dale Clevenger and was a member of the Buran Woodwind quintet from 2015-2017. Currently she plays in a flute, harp and viola trio.
Karena's accomplishments include winning the Appomattox Regional Governor's School Orchestra Concerto Competition which she debuted in 2013 and performing at Carnegie Hall with the Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series in 2014. She has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with Johnathon Keeble, Alexa Still, Mathiu Dufour, Phillipe Bernold and Emanuel Pahud.
In addition to her classical experience, Karena has also been involved in music outside of the classical realm. She was featured in the Album "Back to Boston" with jazz combo "Pieces of the Puzzle" and won the Judge's Choice Award at the Berklee School of Music Jazz Festival in 2013. She performed Turkish folk music with IU's "Silk Road Ensemble" and has been featured as a soloist in alternative indie band Manatree.
Karena's teaching style lies between analytical problem solving and imaginative music making. She is always eager to pass on the information she has learned from the masters she has worked with and applies them in creative ways with her students. Phrasing is always first and she helps students problem solve the technical side to enable the music to come alive. While having a deep knowledge of the physicality of playing, she is sensitive in gauging what kind of approach each student needs and what will help them grow most effectively.