Conservatory Flute Alum Hannah Occena Is Winner in St. Louis Competition


Hannah Porter Occeña (BM Flute Performance summa cum laude 2011) is one of three winners of the 2016 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition, April 8, 2016.  Each winner is presented in a solo recital in the Artist Presentation Society’s 2016-17 season, and receives a cash prize.  The competition is open to instrumentalists, singers, pianists, and chamber ensembles.  Finalists chosen from a preliminary recorded round prepare a 60-70-minute audition program and perform a 20-minute portion selected by the 3-member adjudication panel in the live round.

After graduating from the UMKC Conservatory, where she was a student of Mary Posses, Occeña earned an MM in Flute (Dip.RAM) with Distinction at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Claire Southworth and was awarded prizes for the best final woodwind recital and the top flute recital.  Upon her return to the Kansas City area in 2013, she won the Topeka Symphony’s Principal Flute position, and is Principal Flutist of the Midwest Chamber Ensemble.  Summer activities: 2015 Atlantic Music Festival, where she was awarded the Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship in flute, and the 2014 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), an intensive orchestral training program in Powell River, BC, Canada.  A member of the consortium that commissioned Confluence, a new work for solo flute by Conservatory composition faculty member Zhou Long, Occeña gave the 2015 Kansas City premiere of that piece.  She is the flutist of the Occeña-Chen Duo, with pianist Belle Chen; their first CDNew Beginnings: Australian and American Duos for Flute and Piano, was released in 2013. Occeña enters the DMA program, Stony Brook University, where she will study with flutist Carol Wincenc, fall 2016.

In the 69 years in which the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition has been held, only eight flutists have won, of whom five were Dr. Posses' Conservatory flute students. In addition to Occeña, those include James Hall (MM Flute Performance 2000; DMA Flute Performance 2005, Winner, 2007); Jonathan Borja (MM Flute Performance 2005; MM Musicology 2010; DMA Flute Performance 2010, Winner 2008); Karen Hauge (MM Flute Performance 2012; Artist Certificate Flute Performance 2014, Winner, 2013); and Sandra Fernández Vizcaíno  (2nd yr. DMA Flute Performance student, Winner 2015 as flutist of the UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet).


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