NEFI Founder, Artistic Director and Flute/Recorder/Chamber Ensemble Faculty

Yulia Berry, an accomplished American flutist and teacher of Russian descent, holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree and has over 25 years of continuous performance and teaching experience across the United States, Europe, and Russia.

As the Founder and Artistic Director of the New England Flute Institute, Yulia fosters musical development and performance skills, inspiring artistic excellence in students of all levels. From beginners to emerging professionals, NEFI provides a well-rounded music education, access to learning resources, and opportunities to collaborate with some of today’s leading Flute Artists.

Currently based in Boston, MA, Yulia also manages her successful Yulia Berry’s Flute Studio. Her students actively participate in local festivals, contribute to various community orchestras in the Greater Boston area, and won placements in the New England Conservatory's Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and Baroque Ensemble, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO), Junior and Senior District Festivals, All-State Festival, and the Longy School's Ensembles and Orchestras.

Together with renowned Italian flutist Onorio Zaralli, Yulia co-founded the Web Flute Academy - a global online institution that utilizes cutting-edge e-learning tools, blended with live webinars. Additionally, she is a driving force behind The Babel Flute, an international magazine and community offering the latest flute research, forums, classifieds, a job board, quizzes, games, a shop, and more, with content instantly translated into over 100 languages.

From 2012 to 2021, Yulia Berry extended her passion for the flute as the Co-Founder and Sponsor of the Annual Open Flute Competition "Young Virtuoso," held in her native city Saint-Petersburg, Russia. This event was further supported by the Foundation of Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. The competition was put on hold due to covid19 pandemic.

Yulia Berry's notable interviews include features in:

  • The Flute View, a popular Internet magazine, in May 2015
  • Boston Magazine in 2018
  • A conversation with Sofia de Salis, PR Director of the Babel Flute project (Switzerland), for The Babel Flute Edition in March 2022
  • An insightful discussion in Go Solo, a magazine for entrepreneurs, in October 2022.
  • She was interviewed by Heidi Kay Begay of podcast Flute 360 in 2023

Since 2017, she has served as the Editor of Chattoir Editorials, an Internet community tailored for artists and musicians. Through this platform, Yulia has conducted interviews and promoted some of today's most exceptional musicians.

Beyond her musical prowess, Yulia Berry possesses fine computer and programming skills, leading to the creation of numerous websites, digital products, and the popular free mobile app, All About Flute. It ceased operations in 2021 when Yulia turned her attention to creating and developing The Babel Flute.

Yulia earned her Doctor of Music Arts (D.M.A.) degree with a focus on Flute Performance, Pedagogy, and Music Education from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov in Russia. She also holds a Master of Music (M.M.) degree with Honors (Cum Laude) from The Saint-Petersburg State College of Music named after M.P. Mussorgsky, majoring in Flute Performance, Pedagogy, Music Education, and Band Conducting.

Her musical journey includes regular solo and chamber group performances at various venues and festivals. From 1999 to 2002, Yulia Berry has shared the stage with the very popular Russian ethno-rock group "Vermicelli Orchestra". Recent highlights include the Trio Russe concerts in Boston.

Yulia Berry's impact extends beyond her performances; she has had pieces dedicated to her by Romanian-Canadian composer Marius Herea, Italian flutist and composer Onorio Zaralli, and American composer Eugene Magalif.

She has written articles and given presentations on topics related to flute technique, practice strategies, and performance. She also wrote many articles on the connection of the flute with art and the role of the flute in the arts and cultures of different eras and cultures.



Collaborative Pianist, Lecturer, Ensemble and Performance Coach

miles.jpgMiles Fellenberg, D.M.A. is regularly invited as a pianist, conductor, and educator throughout the United States and abroad. Known for his versatility and extensive repertoire, Fellenberg has led a multifaceted career and is highly sought after by singers, instrumentalists, and pianists.

He is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition, which offers gifted pre-college pianists the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, masterclasses, and compete for significant cash prizes. 

He has served as a staff pianist/accompanist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival & School, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Castleman Quartet Program, New York Summer Music Festival, Delaware Valley Opera, New Hampshire Opera, Oberlin-in-Italy Opera Program, and was a guest artist-in-residence at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Quito, Ecuador. 

Fellenberg was on the faculty at Church Street School for Music & Art (NYC), Brooklyn Musical Arts, National Youth Orchestra of the USA, InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), and the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp (VA). Fellenberg is a vocal coach at New England Conservatory, where he also teaches a graduate Ear Training class. He teaches piano and music theory privately in Quincy, Boston, and remotely.

ELIZABETH LEEHEY, Director of New England Chamber Music Institute

Clarinetist, chamber ensemble faculty, performance coach.


Clarinetist and teaching artist, Elizabeth Leehey brings passion and expertise to every lesson. As a music educator with more than thirty years of experience, Elizabeth has developed a style of teaching that both inspires and challenges students to develop individuality and expressiveness in their music making, along with a high level of technical ability on their instrument. Her students have been accepted to perform with many prestigious ensembles including the National Wind Ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble, and All-State Bands and Orchestras, and they have been frequent winners of concerto competitions, scholarships and awards.

Elizabeth has taught master classes at Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City, Roosevelt International Academy in Providence, RI, and Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA and has served on the faculties of prominent music schools including Boston Conservatory, Rivers School Conservatory, Concord Conservatory and Walnut Hill School. She currently maintains an active private clarinet studio in Sharon, MA.