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A Musical Journey

For over two decades, I have been a freelance performer, flute instructor, and clinician in the mid-Michigan area.

In 2004, I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where I completed a dissertation entitled Why Did it Sound Better in the Practice Room: A Guide to Music Performance Anxiety and How to Cope With it Through Journal Writing. I have been invited to present my ideas at various colleges and conferences throughout the country.

Scroll down for information about my performance and teaching experience.

Chamber Musician

"Chamber music - a conversation between friends."

 Catherine Drinker Bowen

I am passionate about chamber music performance. I am a co-founding member of the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble (GLAM) which released a CD on the White Pine Record Label. This disc, The Latin Dance Project, consists of newly composed and arranged music for two flutes, guitar, and percussion. I am also a co-founding member of the Durant Street Wind Quintet and Extreme Duality (flute and double bass), an ensemble that has premiered new compositions specifically written for this dynamic duo pairing.

In the summers, I have performed for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Summer Concert Series for which I was Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director.  In 2014, I created, developed, and directed an innovative project called Telephone: An Artistic Response Chain on Mackinac Island, featuring the works of Mackinac Artists.

Orchestra playing

Orchestral Performance

For over 20 years, I have had the honor of performing with regional orchestras all over Michigan. I have been a core member of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra since 2006.


Flute Instruction

I am currently the Flute Instructor at Alma College and maintain an active private studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School where I enjoy teaching all ages and all levels.

I also offer Coaching/Lesson Sessions in which musicians can get a Coaching Session geared toward their music performance.  This is an opportunity to uncover what's holding you back from your best performance potential.

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