One of the reasons I love teaching at Bradley University is the opportunity to engage with students in a variety of ways. First and foremost, I enjoy guiding flutists as they prepare for musical careers. At the same time, I teach a music history course each semester, which allows me to get to know all students in the music department and help them connect performance and academic studies. Over the years, I’ve led groups of students to Vienna, London, and Salzburg through our Study Abroad programs and, during my tenure as Honors Program Director, taught Honors seminars including “Mozart: Portrait of Genius,” “The Great Romantics,” and “Comedy and Calamity in Classical Music.”
I’m so proud of the students I’ve taught over the years. They’ve gone on to become successful performers, innovative and effective teachers, contributors to regional flute clubs. There’s an outstanding music librarian among them, a flute shop owner, an arts marketing manager. And they’re wonderful people!
We’ve invited Bonnie Boyd, Wally Kujala, John Bailey, Thomas Jensen, Mary Stolper, John Thorne, and many other guest artists to the Bradley campus; enjoyed group trips to Chicago with current students and flute alums to hear solo performances of Emmanuel Pahud and orchestral programs with the Chicago Symphony; and delved into special, individualized projects designed to enhance performance work.
We’re lucky at Bradley to have several special flute scholarships to help offset the cost of a fine private education, and we’re unique in awarding scholarships that allow deserving students to engage in summer study and other endeavors that enhance their education. The Edward J. Schlegel, Sr., Harriet Foster Horton, and Erling Hansen Scholarships have been very helpful to students in the flute studio. I encourage prospective students to inquire.
With a strong flute studio and academic program, a full array of BMus majors (performance, education, composition) and BA/BS degrees for students wishing to major in music business or obtain a dual degree, with opportunities for orchestral, chamber, and solo performance, and individualized attention to guide students in preparing for graduate school and careers, Bradley is a great place to pursue an undergraduate education.
I’m always happy to meet prospective students. You’re welcome to have a complimentary lesson with me, lunch with a current flute student, and attend a university class. Please contact me for further information and to schedule a visit.