Meet Our Team
Phil Unger, President and Owner / Master Repair Technician
Phil grew up in a house that was filled with the sound of his father's clarinet playing. It makes sense that Phil would pursue a life that revolves around instruments and helping people make music. As a child, Phil learned the Clarinet and later took up the Contrabass clarinet. He later enrolled and attended Ohio University and received a degree in Radio and Television, but over the years he never lost his passion for music. He realized early on that he had an innate ability to take things apart and put them back together again. After taking a repair class at the Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio in 1976, Phil decided to follow his passions for music and repair. He enrolled in the best musical instrument repair program in the country, Allied Repair School in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. It was while at Allied that he discovered his special talent for repairing flutes. He excelled in this department. After spending one year working and training in Wisconsin, Phil moved to Dallas to manage and repair for a large music store. Realizing the need for competency with professional flute repair, he decided he needed to learn much more. The techniques for repairing professional flutes are a world apart from those requirements needed to repair student flutes and require special training. Phil's desire to focus on professional flutes led him to apprentice as a private student with world-renowned repairman and flute maker, Jim Phelan at the Verne Q. Powell Flute Company in Boston. Phil continued his education at Powell by repeat visits to concentrate on different aspects of flute construction and restoration. Working side by side with Jim opened up a whole new world for Phil and really helped him to hone his professional flute repair skills. He opened his first business in 1980 across the street from Fair Park in historic downtown Dallas. Phil relocated his business to the heart of Manhattan. He now spends his days overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Flute Center of New York. Phil invites all to visit the Flute Center. With a unique position in the flute world, you never know who you might meet here!
Claude Rozier, Master Repair TechnicianMaster technician and flute-maker Claude Rozier has an impressive breadth of experience, working internationally in the industry for over 35 years. Specializing in professional flute overhauls and COAs (clean, oil, adjust), Claude has been head technician at the Flute Center of New York since 1998. His thorough and precise work has garnered praise from some of the world's finest flutists, cementing his reputation as one of New York's finest flute technicians. Claude's interest in flute-making and design led him to an apprenticeship with the William S. Haynes Flute Company soon after graduating from Berklee College of Music. He went on to join Sankyo Flutes in Tokyo, Japan, where he lived and worked for 6 years, specializing in everything from padding and key-making, to headjoint design and finishing. Upon returning to the US, Claude became the Lead Flute and Piccolo Repair Technician for Music and Arts, where he was responsible for customer repair and inventory maintenance for over forty mid-Atlantic stores. Currently, Claude's intense interest in flute-making and design has led him to create a patented new shakuhachi-inspired flute with a full chromatic range. This prototype should be available to the public in 2016.
Julian Rose, Artist-in-Residence / Chief Executive OfficerA rising star in the classical music world, flutist Julian Rose has developed a reputation for dazzling audiences with his 'captivating sound and flawless technique.' He is an active teacher, performer, and freelancer in New York City, and he was a 2012-2013 William R. Kenan, Jr. Performing Arts Fellow at Lincoln Center. Currently, Julian is a 'Miyazawa Emerging Artist' and the Artist in Residence at the Flute Center of New York. Julian has performed as soloist across North America and Europe. He made his Orchestral-Soloist debut in 2013 at the Eastern Music Festival and the Appalachian Summer Festivals under Gerard Schwarz, and his Lincoln Center debut took place in January 2013, where he presented an original and thought-provoking show "Reflections on a New York City Park Bench," which paired 20th Century American flute music with original artwork by artists Selma-Rachel Swire and Gregory Romano. He has performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, 'The Tidewater Winds' Wind Ensemble, and the Master Musicians Chamber Orchestra, where he served as principal flute from 2009 to 2010. Recently, Julian has been awarded first prize at over a dozen regional and national competitions including the 2014 New York Flute Club Competition, the Second Annual Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition (2012), The First Annual Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition (2013). Julian completed his Master of Music at UNC School of the Arts with Dr. Tadeu Coelho, and his Bachelor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University. Julian also spent a year at the prestigious Université de Paris IV: La Sorbonne in Paris, France, where he undertook an intensive study in twentieth-century French music with the legendary Pierre-Yves Artaud, professor at the Paris Conservatory.
Emily Andenmatten (Wespiser), Resident Flutist / Director of Marketing and Brand
Emily Andenmatten (Wespiser) is an active teacher and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. Emily's most recent engagements include orchestral appearances with the Princeton Symphony, Symphony in C, Litha Symphony and One World Symphony. Emily currently serves as an interim member in The Metropolitan Four flute quartet, performing at notable venues Wave Hill (Bronx) and the Harlem Dance Theatre, and scheduled to perform at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention. During her summers, Emily has performed at music festivals across the United States, including the Lake George Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and Opera in the Ozarks. Previously acting as the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra mentor, she has played under esteemed DSO conductor Leonard Slatkin alongside international soloist Emanuel Ax.
An advocate for new music, Emily has premiered works by composers Josh Oxford, David Biedenbender, Marco Schirripa, Peter Learn, and Gordon Stout. Emily can be heard performing with the University of Michigan Symphony Band on their recently released CD, Points of Departure (Equilibrium Records), and with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra on their soon to be released Rite of Spring CD. Emily is recently completed her doctorate in flute performance, studying with Carol Wincenc at Stony Brook University. Emily earned her B.M. from Ithaca College, and completed her Masters of Music at the University of Michigan, under the direction of flutist Amy Porter.
Passionate about music education, Emily has maintained a private flute studio since 2009. Emily's studio has been home to flute students of all ages and abilities. In addition to her private teaching, Emily has led masterclasses, sectionals, and coached chamber music for middle and high school students. Emily is also available as a marketing and administrative consultant specializing in digital, content and influencer marketing strategies, with services including social media strategy, graphic design, and email marketing. Learn more at emilyflute.com.
Caity Massoud, Resident Flutist / Director of Sales
Caity Massoud is an accomplished prize-winning flutist, noted for her “luscious, sparkly and cantando voice rich with harmonic overtones,” and most recently received the audience favorite prize and third place in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. Caity also won runner-up in the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition.
In addition to concert engagements as a featured soloist, Caity has performed as an orchestral musician under the baton of Rossen Milanov, Carl St. Clair, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Daniel Hege, Josep Caballé-Domenech, and Brett Mitchell. She currently holds the Fourth Flute/Second Piccolo chair with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is Third Flute/Piccolo with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Caity also frequently plays chamber music across the United States and abroad and was featured with the contemporary chamber group AURA on KUHA 91.7 Classical NPR program, “The Front Row.” Caity is also interested in performing a breadth of styles and has collaborated as both section member and soloist in concerts with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra and Moores Jazz Orchestra.
Caity has participated in summer festivals and institutes including the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia, ARIA International Summer Academy for chamber music, and Summer for Music and Dance in Florence, Italy.
Since completing her Bachelor of Music from Temple University with Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal flutist David Cramer and a Master’s in Music from New York University with Keith Underwood, Caity has gone on to pursue her DMA at the University of Houston. There, she studied with Houston Symphony Principal Flutist, Aralee Dorough, and conducted research on her dissertation topic, “French Women Perpetuating the French Tradition: Paris Conservatory Flute Contest Pieces by Women Composers.” A condensed version of Caity's dissertation was published in the December 2015 issue of Flute Talk Magazine. Learn more at caitymassoud.com
Agata Matusiak, Resident Flutist / Director of Logistics and Development
Agata Matusiak is a New York City-based flutist and piccolo player dedicated to performing and teaching classical music.
Her recent engagements include appearances with the Broadway Musical “Wicked”, So&So Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra, Wind Ensemble Society of New York City and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company with whom she performed in The Town Hall Theatre in New York City and The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.
An accomplished soloist, Agata has been the laureate of many national solo flute competitions including National Flute Festival in Sochaczew, Poland (2008, 2009, 2011) and 5th Flute Meetings in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland (2010). She also appeared as a soloist during the New York Flute Club Masterclass Series (2012), and in ‘Beyond the Master Class’ with internationally-acclaimed flutist Jim Walker in Los Angeles (2014, 2017).
Agata has played flute and piccolo with the Jelenia Gora Philharmonic and the Zielona Gora Philharmonic in Poland, toured with American Wind Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia under the baton of Robert Boudreau, and performed with the International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra under the baton of Ewa Strusinska in Szczecin, Poland.
A prize-winning chamber musician, Agata has been a member of an award-winning flute quartet (winning first prize at the National Flute Meetings Competition in Poland), a piano-cello-flute ensemble (winning 2nd prize at the ‘Confrontations of Musical Ensembles’ in Poland), and an early music ensemble “PROAVITUS,” with whom she toured through Northern and Central Europe, performing in Sweden, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria.
Agata has performed in esteemed venues including Thayer Hall in Los Angeles, Mary Flagler Cary Hall at DiMenna Center in New York, Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall in Poland, National Forum of Music Concert Hall in Poland.
Currently, Agata lives in New York City, where she is a resident flutist at the Flute Center of New York, a substitute flutist in the Broadway Musical “Wicked”, and the member of FCNY Flute Ensemble. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in flute performance at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Poland. Learn more at www.agatamatusiak.com
Kim Lewis, Resident Flutist / Sales ManagerKim Lewis is a New York-based flutist with great passion as a performer and teacher. Informed by a rounded education in the arts throughout her childhood in Ohio, including study in dance, voice, and piano, she brings a wealth of experiences to her focus on the flute. As a soloist, Kim received first place in the 2014 Central Ohio Flute Association Competition - Collegiate Division. She was also a finalist in both 2012 and 2013 in Bowling Green State University's concerto competition. She has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles, acquiring honors in the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition and the Douglas Wayland Chamber Competition. Passionate about teaching, Kim has consistently taught private lessons since high school. Her diverse educational experience ranges from one-on-one instruction to leading full band rehearsals of students from 9 to 18 years old. Kim is frequently sought out for the instruction of young flutists. Most recently, Kim has collaborated with the Manhattan School of Music Outreach and Distance Learning programs, where she teaches students in New York City and across the country. Kim has performed in masterclasses for Carol Wincenc, Amy Porter, Christina Jennings, Stefan Hoskuldsson, George Pope, Yoobin Son, Jim Walker, Eric Lamb, Thomas Robertello, James Hall, and Sarah Frisof. In 2013, she attended the Sewannee Summer Music Festival, where she studied with Patricia George. She holds degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Conor Nelson and Nina Assimakopoulos. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Flute Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Linda Chesis. Learn more at kvlewis.com
Morgan Pappas, Resident Flutist / Sales Associate
A native of New York, Morgan Pappas has a versatile career as a flutist and business entrepreneur. She has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles at venues such as David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space, and has toured internationally throughout the United States, Western Europe, Northern Africa, and Mexico. Morgan graduated from Aaron Copland School of Music with a Master of Music in Flute Performance where she studied with Susan Rotholz. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music from New York University, where she was awarded an annual talent scholarship and studied with Artist Faculty member Kathleen Nester.
In addition to being a Resident Flutist at the Flute Center of New York, Morgan has a social media marketing and artist management business where she works with musicians to help them develop their social platforms or arrange unique performance and teaching opportunities. www.morganpappasnyc.com
Lauren Wuerth, Resident Flutist / Sheet Music Manager
Lauren Wuerth, a native New Yorker, is a passionately driven contemporary and classical flutist, constantly working to be innovative by pushing new musical boundaries. She holds a Master's Degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Bachelor's degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.
Lauren is the founder of contemporary music ensembles, INNOVOX and SOUNDS and is continuously working to break the barriers between the classical and contemporary music worlds. She has performed and premiered numerous new works throughout the US and Europe. During her years living in Copenhagen, she frequently freelanced with The Copenhagen Philharmonic, Athelas Sinfonietta, and Figura Ensemble. Besides being an active performer, Lauren thrives in other aspects of the musical word. She previously held the position as the assistant music director at The Black Diamond, The Royal Danish Library, and is an active teacher, with a private studio previously in CPH and now in NYC. She is thrilled to be the new sheet music manager at Rose Music/ Flute Center of New York. Learn more at laurenwuerth.com.
Alex Xeros, Resident Flutist / Sales Manager
Alex Xeros is a native of Oregon and graduate of Willamette University where he studied with Sarah Tiedemann. During his time at Willamette he was a concerto soloist with the Salem Chamber Orchestra, principal flute of the University Chamber Orchestra and assistant principal flute of the Salem Chamber Orchestra. Upon graduation Alex continued his studies with Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, Assistant Principal of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Carlson, Principal of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Professor of Flute at Portland State University.
Alex has participated in the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Juilliard School and has also participated multiple times in the Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake Music Camp in Joseph, Oregon working with principal musicians of the Oregon Symphony. He has also participated in masterclasses conducted by Paula Robison, Tara Helen O’Connor, Jill Felber, Judy Mendenhall, and Keith Underwood. Before relocating to North Carolina, Alex was principal flute of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in La Grande, Oregon during their 2013/2014 season. Alex has also performed multiple times at the National Flute Association Convention.
Alex has spent over five years in the flute industry. Previously working for JL Smith and Flute World, he now works for Flute Center of New York where he continues to work with fellow musicians to pair them with the perfect instrument. Outside of this work, Alex is a cycling enthusiast and participates in the 24 Foundation’s annual bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer patients and their families. Alex also enjoys, traveling to new places, tennis, cooking, gardening, karaoke, and video games when time allows.
Alex teaches privately to students of all ages and free lances in the New York City area.
Jackie Traish, Resident Flutist / Sales Support Associate
Originally from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, flutist Jackie Traish is a 2020 graduate from the Mannes School of Music where she received her Master's Degree and Professional Studies Diploma, studying with Judith Mendenhall. She also holds her Bachelor's in Music Performance and Bachelor's in Science Education from East Carolina University, studying flute with Dr. Christine Gustafson. She currently lives in New York City as a freelance musician, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She has performed with the Mannes Orchestra and the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and New York City Center. Her love of collaboration with other artists has given her the opportunity to perform with world-renowned programs and ensembles, as well as premiere many new works across the country. She has been the principal player and featured soloist in "The Rite of Spring" and "Appalachian Spring" with the Martha Graham Dance Company, in the Mannes Opera production of Britten's "The Turn of the Screw", in the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire", and in a collaborative production of Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" with the Metropolitan Opera and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. In 2018-2019, she had the honor of participating in the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Mentorship Program with her woodwind quintet at the Mannes School of Music. She has performed in masterclasses for Carol Wincenc, Valerie Coleman, Christina Jennings, Greg Patillo, Jim Walker, Ian Clarke, Viviana Guzman, Gergely Itzzes, Jeffery Khaner, and Katherine Hoover.
As a freelance musician, you can find her performing all over New York City. From pit orchestras for musical theater and opera, to chamber concerts and world premieres, Jackie enjoys performing for audiences all around the five boroughs. She is also an active private teacher (flute and ukulele) and teaching artist with the MUSES Program in NYC. When she isn't running around the city performing her heart out, she can be found drinking coffee of all types, singing in the park, enjoying a good book on the train, and talking to anyone who will listen! https://www.jackietraish.com/about
Suzy Farber, Repair Technician
Suzy Farber is a flute repair apprentice under the guidance of Phil Unger. She became intrigued by the trade in 2013 after watching Shelly Tanabe of Wind Player Services work on her flute. After that experience, she apprenticed with Shelly over several summers and breaks from college, mainly focusing on clarinets. She served four years with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in San Diego where she performed on flute and piccolo throughout the US. While stationed in San Diego, she continued to learn about repairs with the instrument repair technician on staff. During that time, she also held a position as a director on the San Diego Flute Guild Board. Prior to working at Flute Center, she apprenticed with Luke Panella at the Buffet Crampon showroom, where she began focusing solely on flute repair. Suzy previously studied flute performance at Indiana University, and is now finishing her degree at Brooklyn College where her focus is on music technology.
Daniel Pencer, Repair Technician
Expert repair technician Daniel Pencer plays and repairs woodwinds specializing in flute, saxophone, and clarinet. He holds a Master’s degree in Composition and Improvisation from the New England Conservatory (MM 2014) and a Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Toronto (BM 2007). In 2008, he spent eight months studying Hindustani Classical music in Lucknow, India where he focused on the clarinet, bansuri, and tabla. In 2015, he attended the World Music (Persian and Eastern traditions) residency and more recently the Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance (2018) at the Banff Centre for the Arts. As a composer, Daniel has written and performed music for radio, podcasts, dance, and award-winning music and sound design for theatre. Over the last three years, Daniel has been a regular touring member of the bands of Andy Shauf, Tredici Bacci, and Tim Baker. Daniel apprenticed in woodwind repair with Pascal Veraquin and Eric St-Amant in Montreal, Quebec from 2009-2012 and has attended workshops at the Burkart flute factory. He is sought after for his meticulous adjustment work and fine attention to subtle detail.
Pedro Ferreira, Logistics Associate
Pedro Ferreira, a native of Lisbon, Portugal, started studying the flute at Sociedade Musical Odivelense with Jorge Nunes. He later attended the Music Conservatory Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo in Oeiras, Portugal, where he pursued a pre-college degree in flute performance, studying with Lídia Serejo. Pedro played in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and solo in many halls in Portugal, such as the Centro Cultural de Belém, Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval, Coliseu dos Recreios, Cine-teatro São João, Teatro Garcia Resende, and Teatro Municipal Sá da Bandeira. He also played first and second flute with the Orchestra Philármonica de Lisboa.
He moved to the United States in 2017 to further his studies at Troy University in the Music Industry program with a focus on Marketing and Promotion. He graduated in May 2021 (Summa Cum Laude) under his advisor Robert W. Smith and the exceptional guidance from his flute professor Dr. Heather Small.
Pedro has performed in Masterclasses for Adriana Ferreira, Rui Borges Maia, Natália Monteiro, Robert Winn, and Eva Amsler.
After a very successful internship in Spring 2021, Pedro acquired a full-time position with Flute Center of New York.