Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by the Baltimore Sun, Powell Artist Nancy Stagnitta has concertized in Europe, Africa, Asia, and across the U.S. as both classical flutist and jazz artist. In 2018, she gave the Asian premier of David Amram’s “Giants of the Night” Concerto with the China National Symphony in Beijing, and presented masterclasses at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Upcoming events include an encore performance of the Amram Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and appearances as guest principal flutist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and featured guest artist with jazz violinist Regina Carter in Detroit. She will serve as a member of the jury for the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Stagnitta’s album with Grammy Award winner Bob James, “In the Chapel in the Moonlight,” has garnered acclaim across musical genres, and was described in JAZZIZ magazine as “captivating… brilliant…striking.” She has recorded contemporary American solo repertoire for Capstone Records, and was recently featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award, she was a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
Former piccoloist with the Baltimore and Sarasota Opera Orchestras and current principal flutist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and served as artist/faculty at festivals in Italy, California, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arkansas. She was the featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago.
A passionate educator, Stagnitta currently serves as Professor of Flute at Interlochen Arts Academy, a world leader in arts education. She has offered masterclasses in Germany, France, Italy, China, southern Africa, and at American universities in Austin and Boulder among many others. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium. She earned her degrees from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Tim Day, and Mark Sparks.