Praised for her "brilliance and beauty of tone" by the Baltimore Sun, Powell Artist Nancy Stagnitta is a leading crossover artist as both classical flutist and jazz artist.
A passionate educator, Stagnitta currently serves as Instructor of Flute at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her students have consistently attended top conservatory programs, won major awards and competitions, and can be heard in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Eight of her students have won the prestigious $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and subsequently appeared on NPR's From the Top. She has offered masterclasses in Germany, Italy, Shanghai, and at American universities in Austin, Boulder, and Phoenix, among many others.
As a performer, Stagnitta’s passion, versatility, and elegant artistry have led to concert engagements in Africa, Europe, Asia, and across the U.S. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award, she was named a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Former piccoloist with the Baltimore and Sarasota Opera Orchestras, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and served as artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast International Music Festival in Italy, the Da Capo Festival in Utah, the Panoramic Flutist in Colorado, the Hot Springs Festival in Arkansas, and the Montecito Festival in California. She was the featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago.
Her recent album with Grammy Award-winner Bob James, "In the Chapel in the Moonlight," has garnered acclaim across musical genres, and was described in JAZZIZ magazine as "captivating, brilliant, and striking, Stagnitta effortlessly picks up on [James'] attitude, sounding not unlike Herbie Mann or Hubert Laws." "Nancy Stagnitta is among a very few flutists on the planet who can truly play both classical and jazz flute," says legendary flutist Jim Walker. "The recent recording with Bob James speaks volumes to her fluency and talent in great flute playing." It was declared "an album to be treasured" by renowned flutist Paula Robison. Stagnitta has also recorded contemporary American classical repertoire for Capstone Records.
Stagnitta was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network and National Public Radio.
She earned her degrees at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Tim Day, and Mark Sparks.
B.M., M.M. - Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University