Congratulations Arianna Tullis! Arianna is the 2019 Wind Concerto Competition winner. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication to your craft.
Arianna is a sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School. She began piano at the age of 5, but when she turned 9 she became adamant about learning to play the flute. She has been a dedicated flautist since. This is her second year as a member of YAO, traveling from Steamboat Springs to Denver nearly every weekend during the orchestra season. She has attended several notable camps including Jimmy Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass, Northern California Flute Camp, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Four years in a row, she was a featured musician in the honor solo performance at the Colorado Suzuki Institute. In 2017 and 2018 she was the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Colorado state woodwind champion. She also won the Colorado MTNA wind concerto competition in 2017. As an active member of the Colorado Flute Association, Arianna placed in the top three of the K-12 honors competition for the past five years, winning three years in a row. Arianna has been accepted into the CU honor band since 7th grade and the District 8 honor band since 6th grade. This year she traveled with DYAO on a European tour as well as traveling to Australia as a member of the Honors Performance Series. She had the amazing opportunity of playing in the Sydney Opera House with this band.
Arianna has had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with notable flutists such as Jim Walker, Marco Granados, Michel Bellavance, Christina Jennings, Michelle Stanley, Robert Langevin, and Nicole Esposito. She also played in the Once a Flutist ensemble as a little Galway with Sir Galway conducting.
Arianna is the first student in the school district to gain gifted and talented status in music. She enjoys mentoring the flutes of the Steamboat Springs Middle School band. When she first had braces and struggled with her tone, she wrote a letter to the editor of Flute Talk magazine which was published. She has used these suggestions to help others overcome the challenges of braces. In her free time, Arianna enjoys aerial silks, skiing and bike riding. Arianna would like to thank her teachers and mentors: Mary Beth Norris for starting and growing her flute career, Brook Ferguson for supplementing her learning when Arianna travels to Denver, and Christal Huston for working with her piano collaboration skills.