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Naomi Seidman

Associate Professor, Flute
Headshot of Penn State Associate Professor of flute Naomi Seidman
213 Music Building II

Naomi Seidman has performed across the United States, Asia, and Mexico as a recitalist, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Performance highlights include concerts in Bangkok, Thailand as part of the Thailand Flute Festival, an artist residency in Guadalajara, Mexico and competing as a semi-finalist in the Beijing International Nicolet competition. Seidman has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition and was first runner-up in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition. She has performed as flute soloist with the Penn’s Woods Summer Music Festival, Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and Ballet Austin. 

As a chamber musician, Seidman is a member of the Jano Duo with cellist Jonathan Dexter and the Pennsylvania Quintet with her colleagues from the Penn State. 

The Jano Duo’s first album, Dreaming in Color, was released in 2015 on Albany Records. 

“A variety of moods is presented in this program; all the works were written for flute and cello duo, most after 2009… This all adds up to a short but snappy collection of duos played with smiles and smoothness by the Jano Duo. The playing is perfect — and amusing — and the recording is not much less than that.” (American Record Guide)

Seidman has also collaborated with the Vienna Piano Trio and the Walden Chamber Players. She has participated in numerous music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and the Austin Chamber Music Center.

Seidman regularly appears as a guest artist and has been a featured performer, clinician, and adjudicator at many festivals and conferences including those of the National Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, Music Teachers National Association, Flute New Music Consortium, Texas Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Music Education Association, the National Association for Future Music Educators, the Flute Society of Washington. She is also a clinician with the Buffet Crampon “Pedagogics Project”, an educational service offering live, online master classes and clinics from a roster of world-class artists at no charge to educators in the US and Canada. 

Dr. Naomi Seidman joined the faculty in 2012. In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend masterclasses, compete in competitions and attend recitals given by renowned flutists. The symposium’s guest artists have included Jill Felber, Bart Feller, Bonita Boyd, and Jasmine Choi. 

Seidman’s students have been named winners and finalists in local, state, regional, and national competitions, including those sponsored by the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and have been accepted into top summer festivals and graduate programs. Under Seidman’s direction, the Penn State Flute Choir enjoyed the university’s first invitations to appear as featured performers at the National Flute Association Convention. The Penn State flute choir performed a thirty-minute concert featuring a commissioned “Flauto Zydeco” by Mark Ballora at their first convention in New Orleans (2013). They were selected again to perform their program “Sound in Motion”, which combined flute choir works with choreographed dancers, for the first ever Youth Flute Day at the NFA Convention in Washington D.C. (2015). 

Naomi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fast Track America Grant. At Penn State, she has received the College of Arts and Architecture’s Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring and the Barbara O. Korner Award for Faculty Outstanding Service. 

Seidman’s articles have been published in Flute Talk and the Flutist Quarterly. An active member of the National Flute Association, she currently serves on the organization’s Youth Engagement Committees, having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors holding the elected role of secretary. 

Naomi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Master of Music degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

She plays on a handmade Powell flute.

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