meg Brennan - Eftihia Arkoudis - Tatiana Cassetta - Alyssa Schwartz

 

 

"The BETA quartet is the most dynamic flute quartet I have had the pleasure of experiencing in performance- their work is characterized by vibrant and engaging presentations coupled with sensitive interpretations, a wide spectrum of tone colors, and brilliant technique"

- Nina Assimakopoulos

 

 

BETA Quartet is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of national and international prize-winning flutists Brittany Trotter, Eftihia Arkoudis, Tatiana Cassetta, and Alyssa Schwartz. BETA is actively engaged in chamber music competitions and performances across the nation.

In their first season (2016-2017), BETA was the recipient of First Prize at the West Virginia Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition; Alternate winner at the MTNA Eastern Regional Division Competition in Boston; and First Prize at the Flute Society of Kentucky Quartet Competition. Most recently, the BETA Quartet advanced to the semi-final round of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. 

BETA has been accepted to perform recitals and present workshops at numerous flute conventions including the 2017 Florida Flute Association Convention, the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and the 2017 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair.

BETA has released their debut album with ℗2017 Merandi Records

 
 
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Meg Brennan

Meg Brennan is an active flutist and saxophonist in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 16, she was accepted into the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied under classical and jazz flutist, Nancy Stagnitta. It was at Interlochen where she had the opportunity to play for respected flutists such as Paula Robison, Jeff Zook, and Greg Patillo. After a masterclass with The Project Trio, she discovered her love for improvisation and began to write her own music, often incorporating beatbox flute. She was featured on Fox 2 News Detroit where she played her own arrangement of the “Hey Arnold” theme song.

Upon graduating from Interlochen in 2011, she decided to pursue both jazz and classical music at Michigan State University where she studied with flutist, Richard Sherman, and jazz saxophonist, Diego Rivera. Over the past three years, she has had the opportunity to play with famous jazz artists like Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Peter Bernstein, Rodney Whitaker, Jimmy Cobb, Anat Cohen, and Roy Hargrove. Now graduated from Michigan State University, Meg has become active in the Detroit jazz scene and has performed at the Fox Theater, Cliff Bells, Ford Field, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and The Whitney. In 2017, she released her first single, “Silky Way”, an original composition featuring her on flute.

Meg received degrees in classical flute and jazz saxophone, and she is currently teaching flute, saxophone, clarinet, and piano at the Axis Music Academy in West Bloomfield, Mi.

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Eftihia Victoria Arkoudis

Eftihia V. Arkoudis is from Greece and is pursuing her Doctorate in Flute Performance as a graduate and teaching assistant at West Virginia University, where she is studying with Nina Assimakopoulos. 

She has served as the principal flutist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Vienna [Austria], the Junges Tonküstler Orchester of Bayreuth [Germany], the Greek-Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the WVU Symphony Orchestra. Eftihia has performed with numerous ensembles in prestigious venues among which are the Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall, Vienna’s MusikvereinKarl-Orff Saal in Germany, and Ahmet Adnan Saygun Concert Hall in Turkey.  Both West Virginia University and Friends of Flutes Foundation have awarded her with travel grants to support her overseas travels, and she is also a recipient of the Susan B. HardestyEleana T. Donley, and Valerie Canady scholarship.

Eftihia has won the 2016 WVU Young Artist competition, is a second prize winner of the International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, and an alternate finalist for the 2015 Byron Hester Flute Competition. Furthermore, she has given numerous world premieres, including “Autumn Breeze” composed for her by Donnie Lee, and “Au Marriage du Village” for flute and strings by Solon Michaelidis. You can also hear her on the album “Cavafy III – Theissis,” in which Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Vienna recorded original music composed by Athanasios Simoglou in Sophiensaal.

Eftihia holds artistic diplomas with awards from the Prayner Conservatory of Vienna and the Athens Conservatory, in Greece, and some of her former teachers are Reza Najfar, Urs Ruttimann, and Danae KioupouroglouShe has performed in the masterclasses of Alberto Almarza, Lorna McGhee, Franscesca Arnorne Brad Garner, Erwin Klambauer, Caroline Debonne, and was selected as a performer for the Jasmine Choi International Masterclass in Austria and the William Bennett Flute Academy in the US.

Eftihia has contributed in the translation of a book about composer John Adams from German to English, holds a bachelor’s in Science, and graduated with her Master’s in Music Performance from West Virginia University.

In addition to her music career, Eftihia is an avid promoter of the arts, who has worked as a social media recruiter for WVU College of Creative Arts and Music Industry program, and Mon Hills Records. She has served as a Director of Public Relations for the International Flute Symposium at WVU and currently,  she is collaborating with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as a Morgantown Community Outreach Representative for the concert season 2017 – 2018.

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Tatiana Cassetta

Tatiana Cassetta is an active freelance musician and teacher in Metro-Detroit. At age 23, she had her debut performance at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. As a soloist and active competitor, she as won various awards including the 2017 West Virginia University Young Artist Competition, First Prize in the 2017 Golden Classical Music Awards, First Prize in the 2016 Greatest Composers Competitions, First Alternate in the 2017 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. Additionally, Tatiana is a recipient of the 2016 Valerie Canady Scholarship.

As a performer and chamber musician, Tatiana performs regularly with 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps and the Allegro Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster.

As a teacher, Tatiana held the position of Associate Teacher of Flute and Piccolo at the West Virginia Community Music Program from 2015-2017. She is currently a private flute instructor and Artist-in-Residence at Flute Specialists, Inc.

Tatiana is a recent graduate from West Virginia University where she received her Master's of Music. Originally from Royal Oak Michigan, Tatiana received her Bachelor's of Music from Michigan State University. Her primary teachers include Jeff Zook, Richard Sherman, and Nina Assimakopoulos.

 
 
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alyssa schwartz

Alyssa Schwartz comes froms Jamestown, New York and is a third year, ABD Doctoral candidate studying flute performance at West Virginia University.  Additionally, she is the Director of the International Flute Symposium.  

Alyssa is a competitive performer, winning 1st Prize in the 2017 Golden Classical Music International Competition  for which she will give her debut at Carnegie Hall in November, 1st Prize in the 2017 International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition Senior Division for which she gave her debut performance at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in July 2017, 2nd Prize in the 2016 International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, 2nd Prize in the 2016 Golden Classical Music Awards Senior Division, 3rd Prize in the 2016 Golden Classical Music Awards Chamber Music Division, 1st Prize in the 2016 Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Competition, 3rd Prize in the 2016 Kentucky Flute Society Due Competition, and 2nd Prize in the 2013 International Flute Symposium Emerging Artist Competition.  

 A serious academician and scholar, Alyssa has also earned numerous scholarships throughout her career, including the Helga Hulse Mozart Club Music Scholarship in 2012, 2012, and 2016, the West Virginia University Student Memorial Scholarship in 2012, the A. A. Amidon Scholarship in 2012 and 2013, the Walter & Grace Hazzard Scholarship in 2012 and 2013, the Louis T. Larson Scholarship in 2012 and 2013, the Juliet Anderson Rosch Scholarship in 2012 and 2013, the West Virginia University Music Scholarship in 2012, the Michigan State University Music Scholarship from 2006-2010, the National Honors College Scholarship Award from 2006-2010, and the CCMTA Overall Best Musician Award in 2006.