Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “rich tone and deft technique,” flutist Hannah Porter Occeña is the Principal Flute of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS); previous positions include Principal Flute of the Midwest Chamber Ensemble (Prairie Village, KS) and Associate Principal Flute of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra (Bismarck, ND). The 2012 Irene Burchard prizewinner at the Royal Academy of Music, Hannah has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and clinician throughout the US and abroad.   


Committed to the rich heritage and new horizons of the repertoire, Hannah strives to make classical works accessible and engaging to diverse audiences. Between her orchestral and chamber music performances and her collegiate teaching responsibilities, Hannah participates in outreach concerts and programs at schools and community centers across Long Island. Some of her most meaningful musical experiences have taken place during performances for individuals with special needs at schools in Suffolk County, New York, and concerts in association with Autism Speaks.  

As a chamber musician and collaborator, Hannah has worked to bring works by living composers to life. She is a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium and, through the organization, has co-premiered works by Zhou Long (Confluence, 2015) and Carter Pann (Giantess, 2018). She has also privately commissioned and premiered several new works, most recently premiering four works in recital in the spring of 2018.   

Hannah is a 2018 DMA graduate of Stony Brook University, where she studied with Carol Wincenc; she holds a Master of Music Dip.RAM from the Royal Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Hannah lives on Long Island with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Veronica. She can be heard on  New Beginnings: American and Australian Duos for Flute and Piano   with the Occeña-Chen Duo, and  Voices from the Middle   and   Spohr, Forevermore!  with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble.  She is a Miyazawa Artist and plays on a Miyazawa   Elite.

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