Roya Farzaneh
DMA Candidate, Flutist, Wellness Advocate 


Originally from the Nashville, Tennessee area, Roya Farzaneh has had the privilege of traveling to several places worldwide for her career in flute. Roya is currently working on her DMA at the University of South Carolina. 

Roya performs frequently with the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra and Long Bay Symphony in South Carolina. She has also performed with the Guelph Symphony and the Stratford Symphony in Ontario, Canada. 

Being an Iranian-American flutist, Roya has collaborated with other female Iranian composers to perform and premiere works by rising composers of the same heritage. Her dissertation explores works written my Iranian women for flute and chamber ensembles. Her upcoming project will involve creating a digital library of these works.

Outside of performing, Roya is an active educator. She is director of New Horizon's Flute Loops - an adult amateur flute choir. She serves as adjunct faculty at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.

Roya is passionate about wellness of all kinds. She holds a Canfitpro personal training certification and has given several guest lectures discussing the importance of strength training, stretching, and myofascial release for flutists. As a musician with a chronic illness, Roya's goals are to share her stories and knowledge to others. She is extremely interested in mental wellness and advocates for wellness education to be included in a musician's education. 

She holds flute performance degrees from The University of Akron (M.M. ‘14) and Middle Tennessee State University (B.M. ‘12). In 2014, Roya was one of six students internationally selected to study at Trevor Wye’s flute studio in Kent, England. Her principal teachers include Jennifer Parker-Harley, George Pope, Trevor Wye, and Deanna Little.

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A Few Honors and Recognitions 

Central Ohio Flute Young Artist Finalist '21

Myrna Brown Young Artist Semi-Finalist '21

Flute Society of Kentucky Chamber Finalist '20

Mid-Atlantic Young Artist Finalist '20

National Music Festival Participant '20

Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Finalist '19

South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Finalist '19

UofSC Flute Studio Teaching Assistantship 

Mid-Atlantic Presenter '19

Mid-South Presenter '19

NFA Presenter/Performer '17-21

Akron Outstanding Woodwind Grad Student '14

Staff for Blue Lake Fine Arts International Program

Northeast Ohio Tuesday Musical Winner '14

NFA Masterclass Competition Winner '13

University of Akron Teaching Assistantship '12-14

Middle TN Bach Fest Winner '12