My name is Jennifer, and I’m a professional flutist in Spokane, Washington. I spend my days teaching tomorrow's enthusiastic flutists and making music with my wonderful Spokane Symphony colleagues. I also enjoy planning trips, being insanely organized, creating abstract art, and writing free verse poetry. When I’m not obsessed with flute, I have lots of fun exploring my city and the surrounding Inland Northwest. My wife Samantha and I like going on adventures with our dogs (Cato and Fiona), hiking the trails, snowshoeing on Mt. Spokane, cooking delicious food, watching TV, and hanging out with friends.
My Musical Journey
As a flutist, I strive to be sincere and engaging, and I’m dedicated to sharing music with communities of all shapes and sizes.
Since 2015, I have been Third Flute with the Spokane Symphony. In the fall of 2011, I studied abroad for a semester in Vienna, Austria, where I took lessons in flute and Alexander Technique. Along with Alexander Technique, I have experience with performance psychology strategies, both of which continue to have a major influence on my ideas regarding whole body awareness.
I have performed recitals and played live music—solo and chamber—throughout Spokane at various venues, including retirement communities, farmers markets, community music schools, dance studios, and music galleries. I have also played in masterclasses for renowned flutists such as William Bennett, Mimi Stillman, Amy Porter, Angeleita Floyd, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, Marianne Gedigian, and Alison Brown-Sincoff. Back in 2014, I was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Masterclass Competition as well as a winner in the 2015 Boise State University Concerto Competition.
I received my Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Boise State University under Dr. Nicole Molumby, Associate Professor of Flute. I received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado under Pamela Endsley, retired Professor of Flute and former Principal Flute of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. My other instructors have included Jeffrey Barker, Barbara Gisler-Haase, and Sandra Moore Wacha.
Teaching is an integral part of my professional life. I have taught private flute lessons for over 12 years, and several of my students have been chosen for regional honor bands and All-State ensembles, accepted into youth symphonies, and made first chair in their school band. I have designed my own curriculum and built a thriving private flute studio community in Spokane as well as taught piccolo/flute workshops, led flute sectionals, and organized All-State clinics throughout the country.