“Dr. Hasan masterfully demonstrates her technical abilities with the fast-paced scales and arpeggios and her sensitivity of expression in the pastoral, graceful lyricism of themes.” -Iowa CityPress-Citizen, Dec. 2018
An active and versatile musician, Dr. Jeiran Hasan enjoys a multi-faceted career as a flutist and educator. Jeiran is the newly-appointed Instructor of Flute at Western Illinois University, where she is also a member of the faculty Camerata Woodwind Quintet (2019-2020.) She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Iowa under the guidance of Nicole Esposito. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her teachers were Mary Kay Fink and Joshua Smith.
Jeiran Hasan started playing the flute at age nine and was taught music by her father, a retired musician from Azerbaijan. She currently lives in Iowa City, IA where she recently completed her D.M.A. under the tutelage of Nicole Esposito.
Ms. Hasan attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. As a freshman, Jeiran performed a solo with the conservatory orchestra as a concerto competition winner. While at CIM, she was an active member of many ensembles, including the contemporary music ensemble. She also performed with the Five-One Experimental Orchestra where she was able to further perform contemporary music. Jeiran was a member of CelloCentric, an improvisatory ensemble, and performed at the Cleveland Clinic as a musical troubadour, giving performances at the hospital for patients in the waiting rooms. These opportunities led her to become artistic director of Classical Revolution: Cleveland, which is “dedicated to performing music in non-traditional settings,” such as bars and bookstores.
During her time in Cleveland, Jeiran substitute taught as a general music teacher for sixth-graders at the Citizens Leadership Academy, an inner-city charter school. This teaching opportunity arose after she spent a month volunteer teaching at the Holy Trinity Music Festival in Cange, Haiti. Other teaching positions have included the flute director of the New Horizons Band’s Iowa City chapter, the University of Iowa’s Teaching Assistant and also Adjunct Professor of Flute at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. In addition, she is a substitute music teacher in the Iowa City Community School District where she has conducted string orchestra, band, choir, and taught AP Music Theory.
Jeiran was accepted as a two-time scholarship winner of the Critical Language Program, which sent her to Baku, Azerbaijan to further continue her musical and linguistic studies. Due to her involvement in the Azerbaijani language, Jeiran also won the Azerbaijani Society of America’s annual cultural scholarship. She received a minor in the Russian language from Case Western Reserve University to supplement her studies. During her time at Iowa, Jeiran was awarded many of the University of Iowa’s dissertation travel grant to complete her research in Azerbaijan in preparation for her dissertation such as the Ballard and Seashore Fellowship, the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Student Senate and Graduate and Professional Student Government research travel grants. She was also named first alternate for a research grant to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia.
An active soloist, Jeiran has won many awards and competitions including first prize in the Kentucky Flute Society, Upper Midwest Flute Association, South Carolina Flute Society, San Diego Flute Guild, Flute Society of Washington, Atlanta Flute Club, and Seattle Flute Club Young Artist Competitions. Her first prize win at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition in 2018 resulted in her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She was awarded second prize in the 2018 NFA Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition and the Raleigh Area Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Jeiran was named third prize winner of the Mid-South Flute Festival Young Artist Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2018 and 2019 NFA Young Artist Competition, Philadelphia Flute Fair Young Artist Competition and the Schubert Club Competition of Minneapolis.
A sought-after educator and adjudicator, Dr. Hasan has given masterclasses in Russia and Azerbaijan, in each respective language. In the summer of 2019, she traveled to Damascus, Syria where she worked with students at the National Conservatory. In June 2020, she will be the featured guest artist performing Carl Reinecke’s “Flute Concerto” with the Syrian National Orchestra. In July 2019, she was on the faculty of the International Transverse Flute Festival and Competition of Colombia, where she also gave masterclasses in Medellin, Bogota, Tocancipa, and Chia. She has also taught at the Holy Trinity Music Festival in Cange, Haiti. Nationally, she has held positions as the Cornell College (IA) Flute Instructor. In the U.S., Dr. Hasan has worked with students at institutions nation-wide. Her workshop on “Audition and Competition Preparation” was presented at the Iowa Flute Festival, St. Olaf College (MN), Philadelphia Flute Fair, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. In addition, Hasan was the 2019 Flute Choir Guest Artist and Director for the Upper Midwest Flute Association in Minneapolis, MN.
Passionate about chamber music and orchestral playing, she can be found performing in many faculty collaborations at WIU. Dr. Hasan is the principal flutist of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony where she will be a featured soloist, performing Anze Rozman’s “Phoenix for Flute and Orchestra” in November 2019. In November 2018, Dr. Hasan was the featured soloist with the Iowa City New Horizons Band performing Cecile Chaminade’s “Concertino.” She has performed in many ensembles throughout the Midwest including Omaha Symphony (NE), Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra (IA), Sinfonia Nolte Ensemble (IA), Des Moines Symphony Orchestra (IA), Durward Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble (IA), Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony (IA), Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (IA), Cedar Rapids Municipal Summer Band (IA) and Cleveland’s Opera Circle Orchestra (OH). She was a selected member of the Hot Springs Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, National Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Institute, Spoleto USA, and Weekend of Chamber Music Festival.
Jeiran Hasan is a LefreQue Sound Bridge Endorser, performing with solid silver and silver-plated gold LefreQues on a solid silver heavy wall Muramatsu DS 81750 model with a 14k Haynes Gold Crown. She also plays on a Haynes 46385 piccolo with a Mancke headjoint. She is married to Syrian cellist, Ghyas Zeidieh, thankful to her father, Zikret Hasan for teaching her music, and loves animals, traveling, and cooking.