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Dr. Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart,
Founder and Artistic Director

Flute Orchestra Coach
River Edge Flute Experience Faculty

Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A.. is a dedicated teacher, chamber musician and an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary music. She is the director and founder of The Flute Academy, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is passionate about working with aspiring young musicians, helping them shape their love of music.


Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart currently teaches applied flute lessons at Ramapo College. She has also served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She was an instructor and administrator for the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes for 10 years, served on the flute faculty for the Savage Mountain Summer Chamber Music Summer Series and was a guest artist at Flauto Musicale.


She was a prize winner at the 2002 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, a participant in the First Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition and has appeared as a semi-finalist in the Myrna Brown and Ducrest Young Artist Competitions.


Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart is principal flute with The New Jersey Wind Symphony and The Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Lyra Ensemble (Flute Quartet) and Classic V Winds (Woodwind Quintet). She has performed with TRITONIS (flute, cello, and guitar), guitarist Joel Brown, Chromium 2.0 with percussionist Michael Weinfield-Zell, I Venti Semplice, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, and the After Now: Nothing You’ve Heard Before music series, among others. She has given concerts, lectures, workshops and master classes throughout the United States and has also performed in several groups throughout Europe and Japan.


She has maintained large flute studios for over 25 years both privately and in the college setting. She has taught levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, adult amateur, advanced, college and professionals. Her students have been among the flute sections of several youth orchestras and admitted into prestigious schools such as The Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, New England Conservatory, The Peabody Institute, Indiana University and Ithaca College.


Her academic achievements include a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and the Zurich Masterclass series. Her main teachers have been Marina Piccinini, Bradley Garner, Wendy Mehne, Claudia Anderson and Selma Moore.


Flutist Reva Youngstein is an active performer throughout the New York area. She can be heard in broadway pits of Wicked, and the most recent Les Miserables. She is a flute substitute for the NJ Symphony, and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra and with the Orchestra of the Oratorio Society of New York. She has been on the music faculty of the Brearley School in Manhattan for twenty years, and for several years served as woodwind coach for the New Jersey Symphony’s Academy Orchestra. Reva also teaches privately in her home, and has students from age 8-68. 

Reva Youngstein
Flute Orchestra Coach
River Edge Flute Experience Faculty
Lisandra Hernandez
Flute Orchestra Coach
River Edge Flute Experience Faculty

Flutist Lisandra Hernandez is a versatile performer of music from classical to broadway to contemporary. Lisandra has performed at New York City venues, including the DiMenna Center and Merkin Concert hall, West Side Presbyterian Church and the Prudential Center. Lisandra performs in the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, is Assistant Principal with the New Jersey Wind Symphony, and Principal Flute. A passionate educator, Lisandra is currently maintains an active private teaching studio. She is a proud teacher of elementary vocal and instrumental music in Fort Lee, NJ, where she was awarded her school Governor’s Teacher of the Year in 2015.

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