Caity Sepia

Caity Piccini Massoud is an accomplished prize-winning flutist, noted for her “luscious, sparkly and cantando voice rich with harmonic overtones.” Caity received the audience favorite prize and third place in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2011 Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition. She also won runner-up in the 2010 Moores School of Music Concerto Competition and subsequently performed as a featured soloist with the Moores Concerto Orchestra. Caity gave her Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2015.

In addition, Caity currently holds the Fourth Flute/Second Piccolo chair with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and has performed as an orchestral musician under the baton of Rossen Milanov, Carl St. Clair, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Daniel Hege, Josep Caballé-Domenech, Carl Topilow, and Brett Mitchell. Caity is also substitute flute and piccolo for the Houston Symphony and Corpus Christi Symphony.

Caity frequently plays chamber music across the United States and abroad and was featured with the contemporary chamber group AURA on KUHA 91.7 Classical NPR program, “The Front Row.” She also actively performs a breadth of styles; as a member of the AMISTAD Chamber Players, Caity has performed works primarily by Latin American composers and has collaborated as both section member and soloist in concerts with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra and Moores Jazz Orchestra.

Caity has participated in summer festivals and institutes including the Texas Music Festival, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia, ARIA International Summer Academy for chamber music, and Summer for Music and Dance in Florence, Italy. These festivals have enabled Caity to study under such notable flutists as Roberto Fabbriciani, Amy Porter, Walfred Kujala, Leone Buyse, Christina Jennings, and Janet Arms.

Since completing her Bachelor of Music from Temple University with Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal flutist David Cramer and a Master’s in Music from New York University with Keith Underwood, Caity has gone on to receive her DMA from the University of Houston. There, she studied with Houston Symphony Principal Flutist, Aralee Dorough, and conducted research on her dissertation topic, “French Women Perpetuating the French Tradition: Paris Conservatory Flute Contest Pieces by Women Composers.” Caity’s work has been published in the December 2015 issue of Flute Talk Magazine.

Caity currently lives in Putnam County, New York with her husband, Gerald Massoud, and their two pugs. In 2015, Caity completed her RYT 200 Hour Immersion Yoga Teacher Training and she currently teaches vinyasa flow in local studios.