Simona Donova

Simona D.

East Elmhurst, NY

About Simona D.

Simona teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2014
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

My name is Simona and I am a passionate, determined young flutist. I recently graduated with honor from University of Central Arkansas with Bachelor Degree in Music Performance with flute. In August, 2014 I moved to New York City to pursue a Master Degree in Music Performance; I love teaching and spreading my love for the music to my students, as much as I adore playing my flute. I love using the talent given me from God to connect people to the magic of the music and help them achieve their musical goals. I have had the opportunity to perform in many venues, different cities in United States and Europe and there is no greater joy to me than playing music and seeing the happiness in people's eyes. I have also experienced teaching in different settings, such as, groups, as well as private flute teaching. I love what I do and I put diligent work to grow each day and make better music for the world to listen to.
My teaching experience started in my undergraduate college years; I was invited to teach a group of high school flute students at one of the High Schools around the area I was studying at and prepare them for a state audition. Along with the group I was teaching at the High School, I also taught privately through the Community School of Music in Conway, AR. In my experience as an instructor, I have found that students learn easier if they can hear the sound they want to create; therefore, before I attend any of my lesson I prepare myself to be in the best performing shape so I can help them learn easier through hearing the desired sound and phrase in the particular piece of music. I also encourage their daily practice to be smarter than harder; in other words, it is important for the students to practice daily but it is more efficient practicing in time frames but very focused rather than practicing a lot with paying no attention to the exercises. My goal is to teach the students to love what they do and be excited about their playing. I encourage them to perform even in small setting before family or church, so they can increase their confidence in playing. I am looking forward to meet new, enthusiastic students of all ages!

Photos and Videos

http://www.ucamusemag.com/2014/04/22/simona-donova-its-everything-to-me/

Experience

Flute/piano Instructor

Feb 2016 - Present
Simona Donova

Simona Donova
11370 2343 78 Street, East Elmhurst, Queens, NY
(501)-392-7095
E-mail: simonadonova@abv.bg

Objective: To obtain a music teacher position

Education: Queens College, The City University of New York Flushing, NY
Master of Music- Expected: May 2016
Major: Music Performance with Flute
GPA-4.0

University of Central Arkansas , Conway,AR
Bachelor Degree in Music
Major: Music Performance in Flute
GPA- 3.83

Honors:
-CAFTA Organization Award for an Outstanding Musician
of the year
-Winner of the 2013 University Concerto Competition
- Dean’s List: Fall 2013- Spring 2014
-The Discimus ut Serviamus Award, Spring 2015

Experience: Apollo School of Music, Bayside, NY Flute and Piano Instructor October 2014- May 2015

• Working in privet settings, as well, as teaching groups
• Ability to work with children of different ages

Performing Experience:
Aaron Copland School of Music
•Principal flute, performing series of concert each semester New York, September 2014-present
Participant in YPhil Orchestra New York, September 2015
•Performing concert series in different venues in Manhattan including Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall

•Participant at Hidden Valley Summer Music Festival Carmel Valley, CA, July 2015
•Participant at the ARIA Summer Music Festival Massachusetts, August 2013
•Participant at Interlochen Summer Music Festival Interlochen, Michigan, June 2012
•Principal Flute, Conway Symphony Orchestra Conway, AR; September 2011-May 2014


Additional: University of Central Arkansas
Experience
•Flute Instructor through Community School of Music Conway, AR September 2011-May 2012

•Privet and group flute instructor at Greenbrier High School Greenbrier, AR, September 2011-December 2011


University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
Torreyson Music Library: Librarian June 2013-August 2013
•Served the community
•Assisted main librarian with placing every book in order for each customer’s convenience
•Served as a mentor, guide and music adviser for each customer, helping them with their needs

Skills: Diligent; extremely organized; excellent work ethic; able to manage time and react in stressful situations; able to cooperate with colleagues, great team work skills; interactive, punctual; remarkable interpersonal skills; discipline, responsible; able to interact with people of all ages, personal music instructor and performer; Bilingual.

Education

Master of Music Performance with Flute

Aug 2014 - Present
Queens College, NY

Bachelor Degree in Music Performance with Flute

Aug 2010 - May 2014
University of Central Arkansas

Languages Spoken

Bulgarian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Bulgarian, English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Biography

May 2014
Awards

Simona -flute
-Born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1990
-Started playing flute at the age on 10
- 2005: Toured with “The Blue Jeans Young Virtuosos Orchestra” in Austria, Vienna
-Attended a master class led by the French flautist Andras Adorjan
-2006 Attended the Fourth International Festival “Славъся, Глинк!” in Russia and
awarded with honorable prize.
- April 2007: Participated in a flute master class and competition in Volos, Greece, led by
professor Nicholas Dinopulous; awarded first prize
-2008: Attended a flute master class in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with the French Flute virtuoso
Philippe Bernold
- Participant in a flute master class in Vienna, Austria with the local professor Barbara
Gisler-Haase
-After graduating High School in Varna, Bulgaria, she was accepted to the music
performance program at the University of Central Arkansas with full scholarship where
she studies Flute Performance in the studio of Dr. Carolyn Brown
- 2011: Participant in a flute master class in little Rock, Arkansas with the principle
flautist of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra- Mrs. Christina Smith
- Summer 2012: Participated in a flute master class at Interlochen Center for the Arts led
by Mrs. Judith Mendenhall and Mrs. Nancy Stagnitta
- Fall of 2012: Won the state level of MTNA Competition and awarded honorable
Mention at the regional level
-December 2012: Won the UCA Concerto Competition; prize is performing with the
Conway Symphony Orchestra in March
-Currently, she is a Principal Flautist in Conway Symphony Orchestra and is a leader of
jazz duo outside of the University.
-April, 2013, she was the first student received the Outstanding Student Award from
CAFTA.
-Summer of 2013 was a participant at ARIA Summer Music Festival in Massachussetts.

Awards

Award for Outstanding Musician

Apr 2013
CAFTA
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2 Reviews on Simona D.

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Uma I. Jan 29, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Simona is an excellent teacher. She is patient and kind towards my son. I highly recommend her. She is excellent.
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Pete M. Nov 24, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has had only two lessons with Simona but the benefit is easy to see. There is a passion for excellence that is being instilled but keeping the lessons fun. This is hard to accomplish but Simona is doing it. She has been very cooperative and helpful in scheduling lessons. It has been a pleasure so far and I look forward to great reviews in the future. I highly recommend this teacher!
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