Finalist: Troy Paolantonio
Troy Paolantonio is a resident of Piscataway, New Jersey. He holds degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from The Florida State University and a Masters Degree in flute performance from University of South Florida. Teachers include Rene Miska, Charles DeLaney, Stephanie Jutt, Eva Amsler, Dr. Kim McCormick, and Robert Dick. Professional experience includes performing 2nd flute and piccolo with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Tampa, also holding a cast member position with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Entertainment as flutist in the 2003 show "Jammin'." Recent winner of the 2008 Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition. Currently teaching and performing in the New Jersey and New York area.