Dr. Cate Hummel
After teaching at another flute camp in the midwest for a number of years, Dr. Cate Hummel founded her own camp in 2000 because she thought she could provide a more interactive and participatory experience for campers. We have had Dr. Cate’s Flute Camp every year since then. In addition to running the annual camp each summer, Dr. Hummel is Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. She also works as a clinician and scholar for Altus and Azumi flutes traveling to universities, high schools, music dealers, flute events educator conferences performing her ongoing series, Modern Masters, Hidden Gems and presenting on a wide range of topics including her research on the teaching of Marcel Moyse, good practice habits and flute pedagogy. She is widely known for creating the blog, Dr. Cate’s Flute Tips, at drcatesflutetips.wordpress.com for music educators about teaching flute. Dr. Cate resides in Naperville, IL and teaches students in the western suburbs.
Leighann Daihl Ragusa
Applauded for “some of the most spirited, stylish, and nuanced playing” (Chicago Classical Review) as well as her “invigoratingly fresh and perky interpretation” (Bachtrack), Leighann Daihl Ragusa, is an accomplished musician, performing on both historical and modern flutes. She has concertized throughout central Europe as well as the United States both as a soloist and as a collaborator of chamber and orchestral music.
Based in the midwest, Leighann earned degrees in modern flute from DePauw University and Indiana University as well as degrees in historical flutes from The Royal Conservatory of the Hague (The Netherlands) and Indiana University.
In addition to an active performance career, Leighann is an avid studio teacher of aspiring and professional flutists, and offers masterclasses and workshops on ornamentation and historically informed performance practices.
Dr. Mariana Gariazzo
Mariana Gariazzo is a Teaching Associate in Flute at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Lecturer at Texas A&M University, where she also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies. Gariazzo holds a DMA from the UT-Austin, a MM from Yale University, and a BM from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina.
Dr. Gariazzo enjoys a growing reputation as an engaging and thought-provoking pedagogue, lecturer, and performer. She is a sought-after clinician and has served on the adjudication panels of national and international competitions. Gariazzo serves as chair of the National Flute Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a board member of the Chicago Flute Club. Current performance projects consist of presenting her new CD at national and international venues and inspiring generations of flutists to optimize performance through nutrition. She is an advocate for low flutes, she actively collaborates with composers in commissioning, recording and performing new music for C, alto and bass flutes.