Jack Wellbaum Commission  

Final Update

​THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Jack Wellbaum Legacy Commission! It was a career highlight to see this project come to fruition. I premiered Timothy Hagen's wonderful new piece, "In a Yellow Wood," on Saturday, August 12, 2018 at the National Flute Association's Annual Convention in Minneapolis. It was part of an entire program of Tim's incredible works performed by an amazing cast of performers: Jim Walker, Greg Milliren, Zachariah Galatis, Erika Boysen, Colette Valentine, Eugena Chang and Tim Hagen, himself.

I am grateful to everyone who came together to make this commission happen.  

All the best,

Photo courtesy of the Wellbaum Family

About the Composer: 
Timothy Hagen (http://www.timothyhagen.com) is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox). He has been a prizewinner at multiple major flute competitions, including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Australian International Flute Competition, and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. As a soloist, Hagen has appeared in concert at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center in addition to multiple concerto performances with the Missouri Symphony. He was Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony from 2009-2016 and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Dallas Wind Symphony. His experience as a chamber musician includes fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Atlantic Music Festival.

In addition to his experience as a performer, Dr. Hagen’s compositions are performed by professional flutists across the country. Both his music and his pedagogical writings are published under the Owl Glass Music imprint, and his scholarly work has appeared in the journals of the National Flute Association (USA) and British Flute Society.

​Dr. Hagen is currently on the faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as flutist in the Wingra Wind Quintet. He has previously taught at Oklahoma State University and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as in partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Education, and Dallas Symphony. His teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Jim Walker, Philip Dunigan, Renée Siebert, Tadeu Coelho, Chelsea Czuchra, Felicia McNaught, and Tina Ballard.

About the Commission...  

With the permission of the Wellbaum Family, I asked Flutist/Composer Timothy Hagen to write a new work for piccolo and piano to commemorate Jack Wellbaum’s legacy. Working with a Consortium of commissioners, we raised the funds for the new work in just a few months. The piece is a single movement work, approximately 10 minutes in length.  Each commissioner received a copy of the score with their name and affiliation listed.

The piece was completed during the summer of 2017 and was distributed to Consortium participants in August 2017. Participants in the Consortium had a four month exclusivity period for performances once the piece was distributed.  It is now available to the public!  Please contact Tim Hagen to purchase a copy of the his wonderful piece! http://www.timothyhagen.com/publications.html

Some thoughts on Jack Wellbaum from Consortium Participants: 

--"He gave me my flute life, and, in many ways, the rest of my life."

--"Jack was an amazing musician, flutist, and person. He was also a treasured friend, and we miss him very much."



  • Heather Verbeck, Cincinnati, OH. Flute and piccolo faculty, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (lead commissioner).

  • Arpi Anderson, Cincinnati, OH. Former student.

  • Rebecca Tryon Andres, Cincinnati, OH. Former student and CCM colleague.

  • Mary Ann Archer, Charlotte, NC. Former 2nd flute/piccolo with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Jack Wellbaum student.

  • Martha Brosz, Cincinnati, OH. Friend of the Wellbaum Family.

  • Emily J. Butterfield, Edmond, OK.  Professor of Flute, University of Central Oklahoma.

  • Beth Chandler, Harrisonburg, VA. Former student; Professor of Flute, James Madison University; Past President, National Flute Association.

  • Wendy Cohen, Newport News, VA. Principal Flute, South Carolina Philharmonic and Augusta (GA) Symphony, Second Flute, Greenville (SC) Symphony, Flutist in Duo Venandi.

  • Shelley Collins, Cleveland, MS. Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University.

  • Carla Copeland-Burns, Greensboro, NC. Duke University, Greensboro Symphony, NC Opera, Blue Mountain Ensemble.

  • Betty Douglas, Ft. Mitchell, KY. Former student; 1996 NFA Piccolo Competition Finalist.

  • Hillary Feibel, Piccolo/Third Flute, Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic.

  • Mary Kay Fink, Cleveland, OH. Piccolo, The Cleveland Orchestra; Flute Dept. Head, The Cleveland Institute of Music.

  • Erinn Frechette, Charlotte, NC. Piccolo, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

  • Bradley Garner, Cincinnati, OH.  The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Queens College, New York University and the Juilliard School.

  • Lisa Wellbaum Geber, Shaker Hts, OH. Former Harpist with The Cleveland Orchestra, and eldest daughter of Jack Wellbaum.

  • Keith and Dustin Hanlon, Cumberland, MD.

  • Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, Stillwater, OK. Oklahoma State University.

  • Jim Keefe & Jan Kinmonth, Winchester, MA. Keefe Piccolo Co.

  • Beth Larsen, Fort Myers, Fl. Acting Assistant Principal Flute, Naples Philharmonic, Second Flute/piccolo, Southwest Florida Symphony, Second Flute/piccolo Palm Beach Opera Orchestra.

  • William Larsen, Fort Myers, Fl. Principal Flute, Southwest Florida Symphony, Instructor of Flute, Southwest Florida College.

  • Lindsay Leach-Sparks, Chapel Hill, NC. University of North Carolina; Piccolo, Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA).

  • Cleo Leung, Cincinnati, OH. Adjunct Instructor, University of Dayton.

  • Amy Likar, Orinda, CA. Piccolo, Oakland Symphony.

  • Angela Heck Mueller, Columbus, OH. Ohio Dominican University; Third Flute/Piccolo, Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

  • Paula Page, Houston, TX. Friend of the Wellbaum Family.

  • Jennifer Parker-Harley, Columbia, SC. University of South Carolina.

  • Nina Perlove, Cincinnati, OH. Gemeinhardt Artist, and “Internet Flutist” (www.realfluteproject.com).

  • Elisabeth Plunk, Crofton, MD. Co-Principal Flute, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Washington, D.C. 

  • Mary Kay Robinson, Cleveland Hts., OH. Principal Flute, Cleveland Pops Orchestra; Director, Chamber Music Case Western Reserve Univ.; Piccolo, New Hampshire Music Festival; Exec. Director, Music From Angel Fire; former student.

  • Sylvia and Charles Samis, Nashville, TN. Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Assistant Concertmaster Emeritus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

  • Alison Sincoff, Athens, OH. Professor of Flute  at Ohio University.

  • Laurie Sokoloff, Silver Spring, MD. Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

  • Kristen Stoner, Gainesville, FL. Professor of Flute at University of Florida.

  •  Judy Verbeck, Golden, CO. Friend of Jack and Linda Wellbaum.

  • Therese Wacker, Indiana, PA. Professor of Flute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  •  Ray F. Wellbaum, Boston, MA. Son of Jack Wellbaum.

  •  Regina Helcher Yost, Charleston, SC. Second Flute/Piccolo, Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Principal/Piccolo, Colorado Music Festival; Adjunct Professor of Flute, Charleston Southern University.

  • Leslie Wylie Zieren, Austin, TX. Student of Mr. Wellbaum, CCM Flute Performance Major, Class of 1976.