Meet the Board Members!!
Dr. Carmella Cao, President
Flutist, Carmella Cao is an active performer and music educator in Las Vegas with a variety of projects. As an instructor at the College of Southern Nevada she teaches applied flute, Music Fundamentals (MUS 101), Music Appreciation (MUS 121). Contributing to the local music community Carmella also serves as the President of the Las Vegas Flute Club, a non-profit organization that offers educational events to flutists and musicians in the Las Vegas area. In addition, Carmella maintains a private flute studio with students winning seats in honor band, all-state, the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, and winning the MTNA State Junior Division Competition.
Carmella’s newest project is working as part of the Argentum Chamber Works, an organization aiming to make chamber music accessible to wide range of audiences. As part of the Making Music Matter Foundation, Carmella is the director of Chambers, a series of Chamber Concerts. Aside from performing chamber music, Carmella has played with some of the premier Reno, Tahoe, and Las Vegas groups. To name a few, she has performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, TOCCATA, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Desert Winds, and the Henderson Symphony. She was also a past-featured soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra performing the Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto as a winner of the RCO College Concerto Competition and the Desert Winds performing Joel Puckett’s Shadow of Sirius.
Carmella holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated magna cum laude and was the Outstanding Graduate of Fine Arts in Music.
Kauri Koizumi, Vice President
Hawaii born flutist Kauri Koizumi has been an avid educator and flute teacher on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Now a third year student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she is a candidate for the Music Education and Flute Performance Bachelor programs. As well as being an active music educator, Ms. Koizumi is also an active performer. She has won many auditions for youth orchestras in Hawaii, and recently won an audition to play for Ms. Jasmine Choi. She has studied under several teachers such as Ms. Susan McGinn, Dr. Jennifer Grim, and now studies under Dr. John McMurtery.
Marta Plominska, M.M., Vice President
Polish flutist Marta Plominska has performed in Europe and the United States. Marta is the winner of many awards. Among her recent successes, Marta has won 1st place at the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, 1st place at the Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Competition, 1st place at Great Composers Competition – Masters of Wind Sonata, 2nd place at the Georgia Philharmonic Competition in Atlanta, 1st place at the International Music Competition Barletta in Italy, and 3rd place at the Emuse Music Competition in Greece. She developed her flute experience at summer music festivals in the USA, Poland, Germany, Hungary and Italy. She has worked in masterclasses with well-known flutists including Robert Dick, Pierre Yves Artaud, Jasmine Choi, Anne Lindblom Harrow, Rachel Brown, Jonathan Snowden, Patricia George, Wally Hase. Ms. Plominska has collaborated with many orchestras including Krakow Opera, Springer Opera House, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Pan-European Philharmonia, PassionArt Orchestra and the Polish Youth Symphony Orchestra. She appeared as an actress in Martha Coolidge’s film, “I'll Find You” released in 2019. During her Artist Diploma at Columbus State University she served as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Andree Martin flute studio. Ms. Plominska is the Teaching Assistant for the flute studio at University of Nevada Las Vegas where she is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Dr. John McMurtery. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in flute performance from Academy of Music in Krakow.
Before going to US Mrs. Plominska taught as a full time teacher in the Primary Music School in Poland and had private studio in Krakow.
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Lauren Sofka, M.M., Secretary
In May 2012, Lauren received her master's degree in Flute Performance from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, where she studied with Aralee Dorough. She completed her bachelor's degree in the same field under the guidance of Marianne Gedigian at the University of Texas at Austin. During her enrollment at the University of Houston, Lauren had the privilege of performing as principal flutist with the Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, solo flutist with the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, and as a featured soloist on The Front Row radio program on 91.7 KUHA.
Upon the completion of her degree programs, Lauren has since dedicated the greater part of her career to teaching. From young beginners to performance level flutists, Lauren has over 10 years of experience teaching flutists of all ages. Lauren has provided numerous master classes, student recitals, and private lessons alike for various school districts in Las Vegas, NV as well as Austin and Houston areas in Texas.
As a performer, Lauren has held principal, assistant, and solo positions with the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra of Houston, the United Nations Choir, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the UT Opera Orchestra, and the 2004 TMEA 5A All-State Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, Lauren won first prize in the Flute Society of Kentucky's Collegiate Artist Competition and was a finalist in the Byron Hester Solo Competition in 2011. Ms. Sofka has worked with and performed the music of many established composers such as Paul Steinberg, Todd Reynolds, Eric Whitacre, Bill Ryan and Dan Welcher. Ms. Sofka has also participated in master classes with many acclaimed flutists including Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigian, Laurel Zucker, Tal Perkes, Katherine Kemler, Katherine Borst Jones, Keith Underwood, and Trevor Wye.
Currently based Las Vegas, Lauren enjoys an active schedule as a freelance performing artist and music educator.
Kyle Ruggles, Treasurer
Kyle Ruggles, 27, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Paula Robison. Kyle was a recipient of the Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship from 2008 to 2015 and was runner-up in the Petri Scholarship Competition in Oregon. As a soloist, Kyle has performed Ibert's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Central Oregon Symphony, in addition to giving many recitals throughout Oregon and Boston during his collegiate studies. Kyle has performed in masterclasses throughout the United States with Raffaele Trevisani, John Heiss, Marina Piccinini, Elizabeth Rowe, Cynthia Myers, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. In addition to being an active soloist and chamber musician, Kyle is an active orchestral musician, and has performed as principal flute and piccolo of the NEC Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras as well as principal flute of the Central Oregon Symphony, principal piccolo of the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, and has served as both principal flute and piccolo of the Desert Winds ensemble in Las Vegas