Flute

Kimberly Reighley
Principal

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Kimberly Reighley, Professor of Flute at West Chester University, enjoys a versatile performing career. In addition to her position as principal flute with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, she also plays principal flute with the Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware, and Princeton Opera Festival, and piccolo with the Reading Symphony. She is the founding member and Co-Artistic director of the chamber ensemble, Mélomanie, an ensemble that pairs early and contemporary works performed on both period and modern instruments. She is also a member of the Quintsylvania Winds, faculty woodwind quintet at West Chester University. This ensemble gave its debut performance at Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in May 2008 performing American Wind Music. She is a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Network for New Music, and in theater productions at the Merriam Theater, Forrest Theater, Walnut Street Theater and Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, for fifteen years, she performed at the internationally acclaimed, Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California. 

Winner of the 2015 Delaware State Arts Council Masters fellowship in Music, Reighley has performed as a guest artist with Arco Voce, Brandywine Baroque, Pro Musica Rara, and Le Triomphe de l’Amour, and has appeared as a soloist on baroque flute, modern flute, piccolo and alto flute at the Carmel Bach Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, and with the Delaware Symphony and Reading Symphony. Reviews of her solo performances have included the following: “Reighley’s solos, spiky and playful in the outer movements, long-lined and reflective in the Andante, rode easily atop the orchestra’s interruptions and occasional duets. The effect was of opera buffa with a heart-melting center.” (The News Journal) “Flutist Kimberly Reighley…playing a Baroque wooden flute produced a sound almost unearthly in its purity and transparency….There was such a lovely effortless quality about Reighley’s music making that I never wanted this performance to end…It would be difficult to imagine this sonata played any better.” (Carmel Pinecone) ” Reighley’s technique was dazzling, her playing sheer joy.” (Reading Eagle) She can be heard on the Lyrichord label performing works of Telemann and on the Meyer Media label on Mélomanie’s Excursions & Florescence, Mark Hagerty’s Forays.


Monica Buffington
Principal

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Monica Buffington, flutist, has cultivated a multifaceted career in music including work as a performer, educator, arts administrator and governance partner. Monica is principal flute of the Kennett Symphony, and has performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Seneca Chamber Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and New Haven Symphony. She has taught at the University of Charleston, and has maintained private flute studios throughout her career. Monica currently teaches in West Chester and Phoenixville, PA, serves as Executive Director of the Kennett Symphony, and performs chamber music for her event music company. She is a member of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves on the Pedagogy Committee. She has served on numerous boards including the Association of Fundraising Executives, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pennsylvania Resources Council and West Virginia Youth Symphony. Monica holds a Bachelor of Music Education from West Chester University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University where she studied on full scholarship earning a Masters of Flute Performance


Beverly Pugh-Corry
Piccolo/2nd

BEVERLY PUGH, flutist, studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music, Academie International, Nice, France; Indiana University; and with Marcel Moyse. Her teaching experience includes positions at Rutgers University and Perkins Center for the Arts. 

Students of Beverly Pugh have gone on to prestigious music schools including The Jiulliard School of Music (NYC),Oberlin Conservatory and Boston Conservatory of Music.

She is cofounder and board member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and is president of Beverly's Pan Flutes. Her unique solo performances using various flutes have taken her to Avery Fisher Hall, NY; Kleinen Goldenen Saal in Augsburg, Germany; and many other locations. Pugh is a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphonas well as has soloed with the orchestra.

Beverly is owner of Beverly`s Pan Flutes, which distributes pan flutes nationally. A recent accomplishment was her premier of “The Long Road” by South Jersey composer Frank James Staneck for Solo Pan Flute and Orchestra with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey and the band arrangement of the same work with the Tri-County Symphonic Band, NJ. Beverly Pugh was featured guest soloist and class leader for both the prestigious Bemidji Band Camp (Bemidji State University, Minnesota), the summer program “White Mountain Flute Conservatory” (Bethlehem, New Hampshire) from August 2005 through 2014.


Janet Somers

Janet graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in music. There she studied with Paul Renzi, who had been principal flute with Toscanini’s NBC orchestra and only recently retired from the same position with the San Francisco Symphony. She also studied with Jean Pierre Rampal in Nice, France, and with Julius Baker, principal with the New York Philharmonic. When earning her MA in flute performance at Montclair State University she studied with Susan Nidal of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Janet has free-lanced as a flutist in the New Jersey area for many years.  She and her husband Paul are the editors of the chamber music of Robert Russell Bennett to be published soon through Maurice River Press. They live in deep southern New Jersey only a few miles from Delaware Bay. There they present salon concerts in their house.