Where can you hear some of our Blue Flutes alumni?
  • Dr. Seth Morris, (DMA 2012) Principal Flute, Metropolitan Opera, NY, NY

  • Alaina Bercilla (MM 2007) Principal Flute, Ann Arbor Symphony, MI

  • Dr. Sarah Frisof (DMA 2009) Assistant Professor of Flute, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Kelly Zimba (BM 2013) Principal Flute, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

  • Daniel Velasco, (Specialist 2013) Assistant Professor of Flute, University of Kansas

  • Dr. Erika Boysen, (DMA 2015) Assistant Professor of Flute, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

  • Dr. Brian Dunbar, (MM 2012) Faculty, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Rachel Blumenthal (BM 2010) Principal Flute, Sarasota Opera Co.

  • Maria Castillo, (BM 2004) Second Flute, Lake Charles Symphony, LA

  • Akilah Bryant (MM 2012) Instructor of Flute, University of Montevallo, AL

  • Elise Shope (BM 2009) 2nd Flute, Los Angeles Philharmonic

  • Marie (Mimi) Tachouet (BM 2006) Principal Flute, Chicago Lyric Opera

  • Ben Smolen (Specialist 2011) Principal Flute, Pacific Symphony , CA

  • Kelly Sulick (BM 2004) Asst. Professor of Flute University of VA and Principal Flute Charlottesville Symphony

  • Mira Magrill (MM 2010) Principal Flute, New Haven Symphony

  • Eddaliss Fejoo (MM 2009) Extra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Ricov

  • Nicole Esposito (MM 2003), Associate Professor of Flute, University of Iowa

  • Barbi Risken (BM 2001) Baroque Flutist and Fife Instrumentalist in The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

  • Jacqueline Arrington (BM 2008) Interim Instructor of Flute, University of Oregon



Where can you hear some of our current Blue Flutes?
Maria Castillo (DMA) is Faculty, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Our flute students perform in Chicago Civic, Debut Orchestra and New World Symphony. They participate in Intensives by Eighth Blackbird. They have attended the festivals of Yellow Barn, Tanglewood, Brevard, Music Academy of the West, Aspen, Bang On A Can, Sarasota, Orford, Domaine Forget, and Anatomy of Sound among others.

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Interested in a Flute Performance Degree?

Before you decide, see if you can play:

Scales 3 octaves up to D – chromatics, thirds in every key, whole tone scales

Taffanel-Gaubert #1,4, 5, 6, 12 memorized

Have you looked at the following?

Bach 24 Studies

Andersen etudes, Berbiguier etudes

Telemann Fantasias

Handel Sonatas

Mozart Concerti

Major French conservatoire pieces (Faure, Enesco, Ganne, Gaubert, Taffanel)

Poulenc, Hindemith Sonatas – learn some of those if you haven’t already.

Once you get here, we start with Rose, Berbiguier, Altes, Bitsch, then Karg-Elert Caprices and beyond.
Please look at the UM list of excerpts and start learning them and memorizing them in that order. Don’t be overwhelmed. Think of it as a journey and only go as far as you feel comfortable.

Look at all these orchestral excerpts you can learn! audition excerpts
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