Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, and based in Wichita, Kansas, Hannah Kavanaugh seeks to enrich her performance of flute repertoire with contemporary and jazz music. They boast a wide range of study spanning from W. A. Mozart to Valerie Coleman and beyond, as well as performances with various big bands and jazz combos.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance and Music Industry from Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. With both the Capital University Chapel Choir and the Symphonic Winds, she performed on the Carnegie Hall stage in 2020 and 2022. They also performed with the Symphonic Winds at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in 2020. While studying in Columbus, she also performed multiple times with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra and with the Rick Brunetto Big Band on tenor and alto saxophone.

Currently, Hannah is pursuing their Master of Music in Instrumental Performance at Wichita State University, where they serve as the Graduate Staff Assistant for the flute studio.

Some awards Hannah has won include, but are not limited to, the Symphony Club of Central Ohio Scholarship Award, the Capital Conservatory Music Award, and the Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award for Woodwinds or Brass. She is also a member of the National Flute Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, where she served as president of her collegiate chapter.

Hannah studies the flute with Dr. Hilary Jones at Wichita State University, and previously studied with Dr. Lisa Jelle at Capital University, Elaine Brown at William Jewell College, and Dr. Gina Hart-Kemper at MidAmerica Nazarene University. They have played in master classes for Dr. Fritz Kraber, Dr. Kimberlee Goodman, and Randall Hester. She studies the saxophone with James Pisano at Wichita State University, having previously studied with Dr. Michael Cox at Capital University, Brian Olsheski in Columbus, Ohio, and Doug Talley in Kansas City, Missouri.

Besides music, Hannah likes to spend their free time making commissioned and personal artwork, playing video games, and reading fantasy and science fiction books. She also goes camping at Yellowstone National Park every summer with her family.

Hannah is currently focusing on preparing for their degree recital in the spring of 2025.