BM – Rice University
Northeast Iowa native Kayla Burggraf is the Principal Flute of the Des Moines Symphony. Ms. Burggraf has quickly established herself as a young orchestral, solo, and chamber flutist. As a soloist she has performed with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning their respective concerto competitions. She has placed in several national competitions including the Young Texas Artist Competition, the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition.
Ms. Burggraf has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Des Moines Metro Opera, among others.
As a founding member of the Noctua Wind Quintet, Ms. Burggraf has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. The ensemble has garnered prizes at virtually every major chamber music competition in the United States including the Fischoff, Coleman, JC Arriaga, and Chamber Music Yellow Springs competitions.
In 2016, Ms. Burggraf graduated with her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Performance Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University where she graduated with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Her principal teachers are Leone Buyse, Robert Langevin, and Nicole Esposito.
BM – University of Michigan
MM – Carnegie Mellon University
Rachel Blumenthal is the newly-appointed Principal Flutist of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and is the Second Flutist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with Chamber Opera Chicago, Orchestra Iowa, and other orchestras in the Chicago area. She frequently appears as a substitute flutist with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Rachel has performed at Disney Hall in Los Angeles; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Detroit; and has appeared several times as a soloist in Ann Arbor’s 3500-seat Hill Auditorium. She has performed across the globe, from the United States to China, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Rachel is a native of Chicago, where she currently maintains a private studio and teaches at elementary and high schools in the area. She graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in 2011 and received her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. Her principal teachers were Amy Porter and Jeanne Baxtresser.
BA – Simpson College
Ms. Stein earned her bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Simpson College where she majored in voice and double minored in flute and piano. A mezzo-soprano, Anne has sung with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Operafestival di Roma, and in Graz, Austria with The American Institute of Musical Studies where she sang the role of “Maddalena” in “Rigoletto”, and was an oratorio soloist with the AIMS Chorale under the direction of William Huckabee. She studied voice with renowned teachers Anne Larson, Helena Nedomansky, and Judith Kellock; and has performed in Master Classes for Jerrold Sienna and Grannila Bonelli. She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Anne Stein pursued her flute studies at Simpson College under Kelly Via, Principal Piccolo with The Atlanta Symphony. She is a regular recitalist and jazz artist in the Des Moines area. Ms. Stein is the director of the flute quartet, “Zauberflote”, and The Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choirs. Ms. Stein is also a busy accompanist and arranger, having studied piano with pianist/composer, Sven Lekberg; as well as theory and counterpoint with pianist/composer, Ray Songayllo.