Finalist: Naomi Senzer
Naomi Senzer holds an undergraduate degree in music and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a year of musical studies at the Conservatoire de Lille, in France, where she earned the conservatory's top prize. In 2004, she received an M.M. from the Yale School of music. Naomi has collaborated in chamber music performances with such artists as Fred Sherry, Andrew Leonard, Jeff Fuller, Jesse Hameen II, and Michael Mizrahi and has played under the batons of Andrew Litton, Tonu Kalam, Andreas Mitisek, Lawrence Smith, and Jesse Levine. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras in both the US and Europe and has been invited to perform world premiere performances together with standard works for flute. Active as a private flute teacher and chamber music coach, Naomi currently serves on the faculty of Neighborhood Music School and teaches at her home studio in New Haven, and performs throughout the northeast as a chamber and orchestral musician. When she is not playing and teaching flute, she enjoys spending time with her husband and chasing after her two small children, Beyla and Sam, and her one large Newfoundland, Bear.