Twenty-two-year-old flutist Olivia Staton joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as second flute with the start of the 2018–19 season. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigious Peter Mennin Prize. Prior to that she studied with Aaron Goldman of the National Symphony.
Ms. Staton has substituted with the National Symphony and the New World Symphony, and she participated in the New York Philharmonic Biennial as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Recent engagements as a chamber musician include performances at Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, and for three summers attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she served as principal flute of the Aspen Conducting Academy for two summers.
Born and raised overseas, Ms. Staton began studying the flute while living in Italy. After moving to Virginia, she was principal flute of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for three years and served as principal flute of the New York Youth Symphony for her first year in New York. She has won first prizes in the Richmond Flute Competition and the Flute Society of Washington Competition.
Ms. Staton is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Photo: Jiyang Chen