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Olivia Staton

Philadelphia, PA

Flute - Sponsored by Teric & Jill Staton


Flutist Olivia Staton was appointed Second Flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the start of the 2018-19 season at the age of 21, becoming the orchestra's youngest member at the time. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Jeffrey Khaner. Upon graduating, she was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Her previous teachers include Aaron Goldman and Jennifer Lapple.

As a chamber musician, Olivia has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble and Network for New Music. During the summer, Olivia performs with Archipelago Collective, a chamber music series on San Juan Island, (WA) where her family lives. Previously, Olivia performed in the New York Philharmonic Biennial as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, as well as Juilliard’s “ChamberFest”. Olivia has performed with various chamber ensembles in Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Metropolitan and Whitney Museums of Art, and the Aspen Art Museum. As a soloist, Olivia has appeared with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra with music director Don Liuzzi of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Nicholas McGegan performing J.S. Bach's fourth Brandenburg Concerto. She will appear with the Reading Symphony Orchestra in November 2024 to perform Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.


Olivia recently performed as acting principal flute for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s European Tour with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and can also be heard as principal flute on the orchestra’s upcoming album with Deutsche Grammophon. She has appeared as guest principal with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. In 2018 Olivia was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, and for three previous summers she attended the Aspen Music Festival and School where she served as principal flute of the Aspen Conducting Academy for two summers.

Olivia has served on the faculties of the Philadelphia International Music Festival and
Metropolitan Concert Artists, both summer music intensives. Olivia has also coached Philadelphia's All-City Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia, and been a guest at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Interlochen Arts Academy, Luzerne Music Center, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Olivia has been the featured Guest Artist for the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's annual Flute Fair, giving a masterclass and solo recital. During the year, Olivia is a regular coach for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Music Institute and teaches lessons privately.

Olivia is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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