Flute Study at EMU

Private flute instruction with Dr. Julie Stone and Dr. Penelope Fischer 

All flute majors (including Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, and BA or BS) receive a weekly 1-hour private lesson. In addition to a private lesson, flute students meet weekly for Flute Studio Class where students learn orchestral excerpts, discuss flute-related topics, and perform for other members of the flute studio.

Perform with the active EMU Emerald Flute Choir and Flute Ensembles

The Emerald Flutes were selected to perform at the National Flute Association Conventions in 2000 and 2014 where it premiered pieces by highly- acclaimed composer Christopher Caliendo. The Emerald Flutes present concerts each semester on campus and performs a wide array of music from medieval to contemporary to jazz.

EMU Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band

Available through audition, undergraduate as well as graduate students have the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire.

Performing and competition opportunities

EMU William Stewart Competition, the Concerto/Aria Competition, the Chamber Music Competition, the Manilow Performance Competition, and Student Recitals.

Chamber music

In addition to Flute Ensembles, many flutists perform in woodwind quintets, flute and guitar duets, flute and harp duets, and other chamber music with strings, winds, and percussion. These groups are frequently coached by the Eastern Winds (EMU faculty wind quintet) and other EMU faculty.

Hear world-famous musicians and master classes

Available at EMU and surrounding areas such as Detroit, Toledo, and the University of Michigan Musical Society. Recent activities include a James Galway concert, Detroit Symphony Concerts, and master classes with English flutist William Bennett.

EMU Faculty Performances

The Eastern Winds and other faculty artists present solo and chamber music concerts throughout the year.

Exposure to other flutists

Dr. Stone and Dr. Fischer regularly invites guest artists to campus for recitals, lectures, and master classes. Guests have included Christina Jennings, Concert Artists Guild Winner and Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado, Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute at the University of Texas at Austin, Rhonda Larson, international recording artist, Wendy Mehne, Professor of Flute at Ithaca College, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson, and Jeff Zook of the Detroit Symphony.

National and Regional competitions and activities

Flutists at EMU are encouraged to enter competitions and apply for outside activities. Activities include:

  • Kayla Cieslak - Winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, Orlando, 2018
  • Kayla Cieslak - Winner of the USAF National Collegiate Competition, 2018
  • Timothy Mullins - Winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, Minneapolis, 2017
  • Ashley Smith - Winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, New York City
  • Samuel Karafotis - selected for the Aria International Summer Institute, EMU McNair Scholar
  • Regina Nicholas - National Scholarship Competition Winner, National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Kristine Reaume - College Band Directors National Association Band; went on to receive masters degree at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Carrie Wiesinger - Principal Flutist, Detroit Civic Orchestra; Cincinnati Flute Symposium; Lake Placid Flute Institute; Concerto Winner; went on to receive masters degree at Manhattan School of Music and is currently performing with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra and Saginaw Symphony
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     Carrie Wiesinger  
    Carrie Wiesinger head shot

     Carrie Wiesinger  

  • Beth Wondolowski - College Band Directors National Association Band; went on to receive masters degree at Indiana University
  • Jaime Fielder, Rebekah Hindbaugh, Amy Wagner, Lee Kraft - members through national audition of the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi Intercollegiate Band

Proximity to Detroit Civic Orchestra

Students are encouraged to audition for Detroit Civic Orchestra.

Music Now Festival

This biennial festival celebrating new music brings a major composer to EMU for a 3 day residency. Guests include Michael Daugherty, Libby Larsen, John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and Peter Schickele.

EMU Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Undergraduates compete to represent the School of Music and Dance at the University-wide symposium held each March.

EMU Honors Program

Students may participate in the advanced course offerings of the Honors Program and can even create contracts with the program to present recitals for credit.
Most classes are taught by faculty rather than graduate teaching assistants.
At Eastern Michigan University opportunities abound for a solid education. Numerous performance opportunities and quality instruction combine to form a well-rounded education in preparation for graduate school, music education, music therapy, music business, or other careers in music!

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