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Hannah Porter Occeña, flute
Grant Jones, piano

Flutist Hannah Porter Occeña, the winner of Mu Phi Epsilon’s 2021 International Competition, presents a program of music by female composers.


Oct 21, 2022


About the Concert

Free – No Tickets Required

Presented by Clayton State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Clayton State University’s Delta Psi Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon international professional music fraternity, and the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon.


About the Artist

Hannah Porter Occeña 

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “rich tone and deft technique,” Hannah Porter Occeña is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Iowa and Principal Flutist of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS). The 2012 Irene Burchard prizewinner at the Royal Academy of Music, Dr. Occeña has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and clinician throughout the US and abroad. 

Committed to the rich heritage and new horizons of the repertoire, Dr. Occeña strives to make classical works accessible and engaging to diverse audiences. Between her performance schedule and collegiate teaching responsibilities, Dr. Occeña participates in outreach concerts and programs at schools and community centers. 

As a chamber musician and collaborator, Dr. Occeña has worked to bring works by living composers to life. She is a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium and has co-premiered works by Zhou Long (Confluence, 2015), Carter Pann (Giantess, 2018), and Valerie Coleman (Amazonia 2020). She has also privately commissioned and premiered several new works, including the whirring dusk by Lisa Bost-Sandberg in May 2018 and Shenandoah Variations for flute and orchestra by Joseph Kern in March 2019.   

A dedicated scholar, Dr. Occeña has presented at the National Flute Association conventions in Orlando and Salt Lake City as well as the Rochester Flute Fair. She has collaborated on new editions of the Sonata in B minor by Amanda Maier and the Sonata op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev and serves on the National Flute Association Special Publications Committee. 

Dr. Occeña is a 2018 DMA graduate of Stony Brook University, where she studied with Carol Wincenc; she holds a Master of Music Dip. RAM from the Royal Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. 

When not performing and teaching, Dr. Occeña enjoys distance running and spending time with her husband and children. She can be heard on New Beginnings: American and Australian Duos for Flute and Piano with the Occeña-Chen Duo, and both Voices from the Middle and Spohr, Forevermore! with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. She is a Miyazawa Artist and plays on a Miyazawa Elite.



Concert Program

Three Pieces (1958) by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)

Bati l’Gani (2003) by Meira Warshauer (b. 1949)

As Their Own (2005) by Lisa Bost Sandberg (b. 1982)

Three Bagatelles from China West (2007) by Chen Yi (b. 1953)

Memory for solo flute (2016) by Chen Yi

Le vent a travers les ruines (1998) by Yuko Uebayashi (b. 1958)

Sonata in B minor (1878) by Amanda Maier (1853-1894)


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