Welcome to the flute studio at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music!
The flute studio (or “Fludio,” as we like to call ourselves!) typically welcomes a class of 13-17 flutists each year from across the country and abroad to earn BM, BME, BA, MM and DMA degrees. Many of our students are from Colorado, and several are double majors and students receiving certificates or minors in other areas.
The flute studio is a supportive yet intense group of musicians who are passionate about the flute. Students have weekly lessons, studio class and extra topic classes (topics have included excerpts, technique, artistry, piccolo, etc.). All students participate in ensembles. The flute studio also benefits tremendously from the collaborative piano program. Under the direction of Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nyugen, collaborative majors learn important flute repertoire, coached by our faculty and performed on recitals. For more information on auditioning, please visit Admissions.
The flute studio offers three Graduate Teaching Assistantships; graduate flutists are eligible for other College of Music assistantships, as well. One TA performs in the Graduate Quintet, an award-winning Woodwind Quintet; the others serve as the studio assistants, teaching non-major flute students, holding sectionals and giving extra help with lesson materials. All TAs play in major ensembles.
We are fortunate to host guest artists and ensembles annually. Past artists have included Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigianne, George Pope, Paula Robison, Carol Wincenc, Eighth Blackbird and the Cleveland Orchestra. CU Boulder’s music library houses the complete solo collection of legendary flutist Martha Rearick.
CU Boulder is dedicated to developing the universal musician. Students are expected to balance academic and instrumental excellence, and have the opportunity to participate in a range of diverse programs—including our Entrepreneurship Center for Music and Musicians’ Wellness Program—or participate in one of the many world music ensembles, including the West African Highlife Ensemble. For a complete look at these diverse programs, we invite you to explore the College of Music website. Additionally, the world-class courses offered by the University of Colorado Boulder provide students with a well-rounded education; many studio members have double majored or minored in other areas including business, biology, engineering and French.
Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for her virtuoso technique, rich tone and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” (Houston Press) Jennings enjoys a musical career comprising diverse performing and recording opportunities, collaborations with living composers and guiding young musicians. Jennings is the winner of numerous competitions, including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg and National Flute Association Young Artists. Learn more