About Diva and Judy


Flutists Diva Goodfriend-Koven and Judith Mendenhall first met at the Colorado Music Festival in 1979, where Diva was principal flute. Judith was visiting after having won the Naumberg Competition with the Aulos Wind Quintet. That was the first time that they played duets together, and, in doing so, they started a friendship which has led to a long-lasting appreciation and respect for each other. Time passed, careers progressed, and they found themselves playing together regularly in the orchestra of the American Ballet Theater (Judith as principal, and Diva as 2nd flute and piccolo). Both Judith and Diva have had many years of performing and teaching experience, and have recently decided to team-up to share their mutual love of duet-playing with other flutists.


Diva Goodfriend-Koven, flute and piccolo, has performed worldwide with major orchestras, and as a soloist and chamber music recitalist. As one of New York City’s most versatile and busy musicians, she appears regularly as an Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (for more than twenty-five years), the New York Philharmonic, and is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Locrian Chamber Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and abroad with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. She has toured the U.S. with the Borealis Wind Quintet, and the Ragdale Ensemble. She has toured both internationally and in the U.S. with the Metropolitan Opera. She has backed up Dianna Krall, Willie Nelson, Lena Horne, and Lucianno Pavarotti among other popular stars. She has completed sixteen seasons with the Bard College Music Festival, played Principal Flute for one season with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, two seasons of the Lake George Opera Co., and one season of the Boulder, Colorado Music Festival. In-addition to her busy performing schedule, she is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, and has given master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Mannes School of Music. Recently, in three successive years, her students have won the Young Concert Artists International competion, being awarded solo recitals at Weil-Carnegie Hall. 

Diva can also be seen and/or heard on presentations of “Live From Lincoln Center”, the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast and video presentations, as well as numerous other recordings (DGG, Sony Classics, Vanguard, Pro Arte) and feature film scores.

She is a former student of Julius Baker. Diva makes her home in NYC with her teenage son Muir, her music-loving partner Michael, and two cats and a dog.


Recognized as one of America's most exciting flutists, Judith Mendenhall has earned a reputation as a highly sought-after performer and pedagogue. She has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, and master class clinician.
Miss Mendenhall is the principal flutist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. She is a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble with harpsichordist and director Kenneth Cooper, with whom she is a featured concerto soloist every season. She has appeared in thirteen nationwide "Musicians From Marlboro" tours, was principal flutist with the New York Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwarz for fourteen years, and a founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Aulos Wind Quintet. She has been guest artist with the Cleveland, Concord, Emerson, and Mendelssohn String Quartets, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a member of the "Music Today" Ensemble she has taken part in many world premiere performances and recordings.
Miss Mendenhall has toured the Far East twice-- first to Japan as principal flutist with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and then to Korea in solo recital/master class appearances. She has been presented in solo recitals including at the 92nd Street Y in its Distinguished Artists Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul. Her collaborations include those with Paula Robison, Beverly Sills, Rudolf Serkin, and Kenneth Cooper. Miss Mendenhall's festival participations have included chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival and Spoleto USA and Italy Festivals, and as principal flutist of the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Miss Mendenhall is on the flute and chamber music faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York City. This year she was appointed woodwind coordinator of Mannes. She is also on the faculty of Queens College, and has taught at New England Conservatory, the Yale School of Music, Stoneybrook University, State University of New York at Purchase, North Texas State University, and San Diego State University. She has been presented in master classes across the United States and in Europe and Asia. She has recorded for Columbia Records, the Marlboro Recording Society, Delos, Vox, and CRI.