Flutist Juliana Overmier, an adjunct faculty member at East Central University, has won the 2009 National Flute Association's Convention Performer's Competition, which was created to promote newly published flute music. She will travel to New York City in August to premiere composer David Cutler's four-movement work "Postcards" at the NFA annual convention.
Overmier was a two-time concerto competition winner at DePauw University where she earned her bachelor of music degree in 1987. She received first prize in the 1989 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston and the 1992 Concours Artistique Lucien Wurmser in Paris.
While living in Paris, Overmier attended the Conservatory of Bourg-la-Reine/Sceaux where she received a gold medal. In 1994, she was a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition.
She earned her master's degree in flute performance in 1996 from the University of Southern California and also won the Annual Concerto Competition. In 2007 she was named the winner of the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition in Houston.
Overmier can be heard on several film soundtracks, including "As Good As It Gets" and "Halloween H20." She is a member of the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and also performs with the Tulsa Symphony. She served as principal flutist for the Light Opera of Oklahoma Orchestra in Tulsa for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
She has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the former Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and the Tulsa Ballet orchestra. She also performs chamber music across the state with the Cimarron Wind Quintet.
At ECU she teaches flute and directs the University Flute Ensemble. In addition to her freelance playing and private teaching studio, she is a member of the National Flute Association, serves as Community Outreach Chair on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Flute Society and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for musical organizations statewide.
David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate and entrepreneur. He teaches at Duquesne University and also is the coordinator of music entrepreneurship studies.
His book "The Savvy Musician" helps musicians build a career, earn a living and make a difference.
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