Known for her dedication to bringing music, culture, and arts to all communities, Justine is enamored with the art of presenting music and events.

Justine is noted for her energetic and versatile flute playing, bringing a genuine flair and mastery to classical and contemporary music she performs. She is actively commissioned to perform new works and has been featured in the International Black Women’s Film Festival in San Francisco, Zanzibar International Film Festival (both for 2013 short film Kuvuka Daraja), and the National Flute Association Convention. She has received a recording grant from the Friends of Flutes Foundation and a grant from the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust through a composition residency at Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat, and has attended the Skidmore Flute Institute, Julius Baker Masterclasses, LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, and Le Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy, learning from and participating in masterclasses with some of the most influential flutists of our time.

 

Splitting her time between the two beautiful cultural hubs of New York City and New Orleans, Justine dedicates much of her time to the nonprofit sector—giving back to the very cultural institutions that inspired her during her formative years. She serves as Secretary on the board of directors for Music Beyond, a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals through music and engagement in developing countries, currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is also proud to have worked and contributed to the growth and development of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera.

Justine holds an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Ithaca College. She is a fierce advocate for black lives, mental health, invisible illnesses, and the human right to fair and affordable housing. Justine is a contributing writer to The Flute View, and she enjoys yoga, cooking, and riding her bike.

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