Naomi Seidman joined The Pennsylvania State University School of Music faculty in 2012. An accomplished solo performer, she has won the Mid-South Flute Competition and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition, and was first runner-up in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, and Ballet Austin. She has also been an invited performer, judge, and presenter at National Flute Association (NFA) conventions and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the NFA. As a chamber musician, Naomi is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, a woodwind quintet comprised of Penn State faculty members. She also performs regularly with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, as the JANO Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for both groups, Naomi is dedicated to expanding repertoire for this combination of musicians. Naomi is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts “Fast Track America Grant” and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture "Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.” A dedicated educator, Naomi has presented masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Ohio State University, Capital University, Ball State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event where area flutists of all ages gather to attend masterclasses and recitals given by a renowned flutists. Naomi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Master of Music degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree the University of Texas at Austin.
Debbie Trudeau earned a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music after studies with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and early music with Daniel Stepner. Formerly with the Syracuse Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera in New York, she moved to PA and joined the PCO in 2005. She has performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster and soloist, the Penn’s Woods Music Festival, the Williamsport Symphony and the Nittany Valley Symphony. In 2006 she founded the Allegria Ensemble where she enjoys the creative opportunity to stretch her viola skills, compose new arrangements, and manage the ensemble’s performances and grants. An active private teacher, she also enjoys being a teaching artist connecting music with other subjects and with outreach concerts for new listeners. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving with sharks and her family.
Robyn Dixon Costa is the principal oboist of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra. She is also the English hornist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with both the Dayton Philharmonic and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to her performance career, Robyn is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. She helps people learn to use their minds and bodies efficiently and without pain.
Currently, Robyn teaches Alexander Technique for Musicians, Introduction to Film Music and How Classical Music Works at Penn State. She lives in State College with her husband, Anthony, and her daughter, Zoey.