Bios

Kelly J. Covert is Instructor of Flute at Syracuse University and at Hamilton College and performs around the country in solo and chamber music concerts. She is currently 2nd flute/piccolo with Symphoria (formerly Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), and is a also core player for the Syracuse Society for New Music with whom she has performed multiple world premieres. Ms. Covert has also played with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, Symphony Syracuse, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble X, Red House Theater, and other chamber groups. She has also taught at Ithaca College and Oswego State University.

Ms. Covert is a founding member of Dolce Flutes, a professional flute quartet based in Syracuse, New York. She has recorded for Symphoria, the Syracuse Society for New Music and Georgia Public Radio. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Covert has developed a workshop for musicians that use yoga as a medium to attain better focus and energy during performance. She has presented this workshop at the National Flute Association convention and as an instructor at The Flute Institute at Ithaca College. Ms. Covert attended University of Georgia and Ithaca College where she received her B.M. and M.M. in flute performance. She has studied with Wendy Mehne, Claudia Anderson, Julie Stone, and Jim Zellers and has performed in masterclasses with James Galway, Paula Robison, Bonita Boyd, Trevor Wye and Carol Wincenc among others. She lives in Baldwinsville with her husband and two sons and is an ironman triathlete and triathlon coach.




Dana DiGennaro has performed throughout the United States, continually displaying her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her performances have been hailed by the Houston Post as “keenly focused, joyous and energetic” and by the Southampton Gazette as “breathtakingly beautiful”. In 1994, Ms. DiGennaro was named the only flutist winner of the New York Debut Auditions Award sponsored by Artists International. As a result, she was presented in her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in May of 1995. She has also been a recitalist on the prestigious Trinity Church Noonday Concert Series at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, and has appeared at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall and CAMI Hall in New York, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Norris Theater in Los Angeles, and the Meridian House in Washington D.C. Ms. DiGennaro was the top American prize-winner of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist competition and the grand prize winner of the concerto competition at the International Festival Institute at Round Top, where she performed Frank Martin’s Ballade with the Texas Festival Orchestra to great acclaim.

Ms. DiGennaro, a native of Southern California received her Master of Music Degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. There she was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship awarded by the Damrosch Society. Her teachers have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Judith Mendenhall and Anne Diener Zentner. Ms. DiGennaro has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado and for five years was the second flutist of the Westchester (NY) Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent substitute with Symphoria (former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra) and has also played with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony. She is an active freelance musician and recently played flute, alto flute and piccolo with the national touring company of the musical “Wicked” and “Peter Pan”. She is a member of faculty of Syracuse University and LeMoyne College and maintains a private flute studio at her home in DeWitt, where she lives with her husband, trombonist David DiGennaro and two musical daughters.  




Martha Grener is an experienced performer, who encompasses a broad range of styles. She has performed as an extra with several upstate New York orchestras and ensembles  both classical and otherwise on flute,  piccolo and alto flute.   Ms. Grener has recorded several albums which can be heard on multiple central New York radio stations in the upstate area including WCNY, Y94, and FM88.  Her most recent collaboration with harp, Duo L'Adour, was nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) in it's first year in 2012 with albums "Petit Terpsichore: Dances for Flute & Harp" as well as "Grant Us Peace". 

Ms. Grener studied at Ithaca College,  Syracuse University, and the Eastman School of Music, with advanced coursework at Northwestern University.  With a love of both music and kids, she enjoys maintaining a life of both performing and nurturing the talents of our future performers and supporters of the arts.  As such, Ms. Grener maintains a very active schedule of freelancing and teaching in the public and private sectors.   She was given the honor of a Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's Outstanding Music Educator award and continues to guest conduct and present clinics primarily geared toward middle school band.  In 2009, she co-founded M&M & Friends ® which is a concerts for charity organization. 





Jeanne Pizzuto-Sauve grew up in Liverpool, New York and has been an active performer in the Central New York area since high school.  As a teenager, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve performed with the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and was a member of Junior Pro Art.  She was also a winner in the Ithaca College Concerto Competition and performed  Chaminade's Concertino with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble.  After attending Northwestern University for two years, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve transferred to Oberlin Conservatory to study with Michel Debost.  She graduated from Oberlin with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and returned to the Central New York area following graduation.  She later received a Master degree in Music Education from Syracuse University.  While in attendance at Syracuse University, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve held a graduate assistantship in music education and was a winner of the University's Concerto Competition. Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra.   In addition to Michel Debost, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve's teachers have included Julius Baker, Walfrid Kujala, Albert Tipton and Nadine Asin.



Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve has been active as a professional musician since 1995, when she won the position of 3rd flute/piccolo with the Binghamton Philharmonic.  Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve has been a frequent substitute with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and had the pleasure of going on tour with them in 2002.  Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve also played with the Albany Symphony for two seasons from 1996-1998.  She performed as both their 2nd flutist and their 3rd flute/piccolo player, and was fortunate to be in the orchestra for a number of recording projects in the acoustically famous Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  Additionally, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve has performed with the Syracuse Opera, the Utica Symphony, the Binghamton Downtown Singers, Tri-Cities Opera, and Symphoria.  In 2007, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve was a guest lecturer and master class clinician at Western Kentucky University.  In addition to performing, Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve currently holds a full time teaching position with Chittenango Central Schools, where she takes pleasure in teaching elementary band.  Ms. Pizzuto-Sauve also resides in Chittenango, where she maintains a growing private studio and enjoys life with her husband and three children.