2018-19 Flute Teacher Directory

Trudi Anderson
Email: trudianderson(at)comcast(dot)net
Phone: 952-927-9970
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Northeast Metro, West Metro
Rates: $40/Half Hour, $50/45 Minutes, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Trudi Anderson has openings in her studio for one or two students. She has a Masters degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala. She teaches flute at Augsburg University and Bethel University, in addition to meeting with students of all ages and abilities in her home studio. Her teaching style is positive and supportive, and is based on the individual student and their goals. A graduating High School student recently wrote “My playing has improved a ton and learning from you has been a lot of fun.” She is also an active performer and a published arranger of chamber music for flute.

Rachel Bauske
Email: rachel.bauske(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 763-913-8460
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Northeast Metro, North Metro, Northwest Metro, West Metro, Southeast Metro
Rates: $30/Hour
About the Instructor: My name is Rachel Bauske and I am an active performer in the twin cities area. I reviewed a B.M. in Flute Performance from Northwestern and was the Concerto Aria winner for the 2014-15 competition. I was in MYS during high school and I always encourage my students to be part of a youth symphony. I have been teaching flute for eight years and love to inspire flutists to improve their tone, technique and expression. If you are interested, contact me by phone or email.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Amanda Daniels
Email: danielsa(at)crown(dot)edu
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lesson Location: Chaska
Rates: $25/Half Hour, $35/45 Minutes, $40/Hour
About the Instructor: Amanda Daniels serves as Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Crown College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. While a student, Amanda served as Section Leader of the U of M Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as a substitute flutist and piccoloist with the La Crosse Symphony and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra. Amanda has won awards in the Schubert Club Competition, the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and the University of Northwestern Concerto Competition among others. Her summer festival experiences include the Credo Orchestra and Aria Academy. She is grateful for the opportunity to study with many internationally-recognized flutists, including Bonita Boyd (Eastman School of Music), Keith Underwood (Mannes School of Music) Julia Bogorad-Kogan (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra), Immanuel Davis (University of Minnesota), and Michele Frisch (Minnesota Opera Orchestra).
GTCYS Alumni? No

Immanuel Davis
Email: Davis210(at)umn(dot)edu
Phone: 612-624-0582
Website: https://music.umn.edu/people/faculty-staff/profile?UID=davis210
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Alexander Technique
Lesson Location: I teach out of my studio at the University of Minnesota
Rates: $85/Hour
About the Instructor: Immanuel Davis has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. He has played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Japan. Known for his breathing and other flute techniques, he has given master classes at New England Conservatory, Yale, University of Wisconsin, and for the U.S. Air Force Bands. He is also an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Elaine Eagle
Email: premierflutist(at)yahoo(dot)com
Phone: 612-724-6152
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Elaine Eagle is a professional musician and taught for 30+ years at the University of Minnesota. Her students play in Symphony Orchestra’s both nationally and internationally.

Carol Gilkey
Email: tcgilkey(at)comcast(dot)net
Phone: 651-454-7810
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Southeast Metro, North Metro
Rates: Call for rates.
About the Instructor: Carol Gilkey, adjunct instructor at Normandale and Inver Hills Community College, is an active flute teacher in the Twin Cities. She is the first director of flute choirs in the Twin Cities, arranges and publishes flute choir music and flute technique books. She has taught in the public school on Long Island NY, DOD schools and U of Maryland in Okinawa and MacPhail. She has presented several times at the National Flute Convention. Degrees earned include a MM at Manhattan School of Music and BM at DePauw University.

Bethany Gonella
Email: bsummer09(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 817-456-5060
Website: www.BethanyGonella.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, St. Paul, South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.)
About the Instructor: Bethany Gonella is a flutist, piccoloist, and baroque flutist based in Saint Paul. She performs as an extra/substitute musician with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and plays regularly in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and the Winona Symphony Orchestra. She holds degrees in flute performance from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, she received a grant from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to purchase a baroque flute and pursue further study in that field. Bethany maintains an active flute teaching studio along with her performance work and enjoys working with students of all levels and ages. She teaches both privately in the Twin Cities and as adjunct flute professor at Winona State University. Her teaching style is strongly influenced by the Suzuki philosophy, and she creates a positive, encouraging atmosphere for students to develop as musicians. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, biking, and gardening. You can read more and learn about upcoming performances at www.BethanyGonella.com.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Alyssa Griggs
Email: alyssa.b.griggs(at)gmail(dot)com
Website: www.alyssagriggs.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis
About the Instructor: Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Alyssa has also been named an Emerging Artist by Miyazawa Flutes.
Equally versatile as a piccolo artist, and praised as “memorable” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Alyssa is currently piccolo/assistant principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, second flutist of the Des Moines Metro Opera, and piccolo with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Alyssa creates innovative ways to make music prevalent to society.
Alyssa holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate studies as a student of BSO principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe and piccoloist, Cindy Meyers. Alyssa also earned a certificate from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Paula Gudmundson
Email: unatica(at)aol(dot)com
Phone: 651-485-1186
Website: www.paulagudmundson.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Northeast Metro, Duluth
Rates: Please contact for rates.
About the Instructor: Flutist Paula Gudmundson is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She was awarded the Paul Revitt Award for Graduate Research from the College Music Society for; La Flauta of Buenos Aires through the Music of Amancio Alcorta at the College Music Society’s Great Plains Regional Conference and presented a lecture recital for the College Music Society’s International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. She has also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight.
Dr. Gudmundson is a practitioner of the Alexander Technique, which focuses on the effective means of changing tension habits and improving coordination. This has contributed to her innovative and observant teaching style. Dr. Gudmundson is a member of the College Music Society, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Composers Forum, Upper Midwest Association (UMFA) and National Flute Association. Dr. Gudmundson is a graduate of Lawrence University (B.M), University of North Texas (M.M), and University of Minnesota (DMA) as a Berneking Fellow. Her principal teachers include Immanuel Davis, Terri Sundberg, Ernestine Whitman and Adrianne Greenbaum. For more information check out her website: www.paulagudmundson.com
GTCYS Alumni? No

Barbara Holm
Email: barb(at)legacyensemble(dot)com
Phone: (612)619-6379
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.)
Rates: $28/Half Hour, $41/45 Minutes, $54/Hour. Discount for paying for 4 in advance.
About the Instructor: Barbara Koenen Holm received a MM in flute performance from The Boston Conservatory in 1990. While at the Conservatory, she studied with Robert Stallman, and she has also studied with Adele Lorraine and Emil Opava of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Irene Pruzan.
She is the founder and a performing member of The Legacy Ensemble of Minneapolis, and has also played in many other groups including The Highland Park Trio (St. Paul) and L’Ensemble Caprice (Denver). A member of The St. Paul Civic Symphony for over 20 years (flute, piccolo), she has also served as Associate Principal Flute of The Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston.
Barbara has over thirty years teaching experience (St. Paul, Denver, Minneapolis) with all ages and levels. She is currently accepting new students.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Susie Kuniyoshi
Email: susiek(at)mninter(dot)net
Phone: (651) 645-0867
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? Yes, Traditional, Blended method
Lesson Location: St. Paul
Rates: $35/Half Hour, $50/45 Minutes, $65/Hour
About the Instructor: SUSIE KUNIYOSHI received her B.M. degree from Ithaca College and M.M. degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kuniyoshi served as Acting Principal Piccoloist for the Minnesota Orchestra under Edo DeWaart, and has also performed locally with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and touring shows and ballets. She has also played with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and in 1990 was a soloist in the Opening Recital of the National Flute Association’s convention in Minneapolis. Ms. Kuniyoshi has taught at the University of WI-Superior, College of St. Scholastica, and University of MN-Duluth/Prep Division. She has presented piccolo master classes at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of MN-Twin Cities. She taught in the Boston area and upstate New York public schools, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hawaii. She currently teaches at St. Joseph’s School of Music, maintains a private studio, and directs the Woodwind Ensemble at St. Paul Academy.
She teaches all levels, specializing in young beginners, Suzuki method, and piccolo. Her students have played in MYS & GTCYS, and have won or placed in competitions sponsored by the Upper Midwest Flute Association, Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, Minnesota Varsity, and the National Flute Association. Ms. Kuniyoshi is a certified Suzuki Instructor.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Libby Laufers
Email: libbytunes(at)gmail(dot)com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? Yes
Lesson Location: West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.)
GTCYS Alumni? No

Barbara Leibundguth
Email: Barb(at)toeprint(dot)com
Phone: 612-377-9467
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis
Rates: $45/45 Minutes, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Barbara Leibundguth is a former member of the Minnesota Orchestra, and currently is on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Diane Markovich
Email: dmarkov178(at)aol(dot)com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.)
Rates: $25/Half Hour, $35/45 Minutes, $50/Hour
About the Instructor: BM from Concordia College Moorhead Mn, studied under Barbara Leibenguth, associate principle in the Minnesota Orchestra (former), attended a week long flute master class w/ Keith Underwood and have been teaching privately for 25 years.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Marcia Metzger
Email: marcia.metzger(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 651-336-7138
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: St. Paul, Northeast Metro, Southeast Metro, Stillwater/Hudson
Rates: $60/Hour; Half Hour and 45 Minute lessons also available.
About the Instructor: Marcia Metzger has openings in her studio for a few students. She is an experienced teacher and active performer, currently playing as a sub and extra on flute, pic & alto flute with the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys teaching private and group lessons and provides recital and performance opportunities for her students. She holds a Masters in Woodwind (Flute) Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. Marcia teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music as well as other locations in the Metro area and Western Wisconsin.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Polly Meyerding
Email: pollyflutist(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 651-776-1781
Website: http://pollymeyerding.com/, http://fluteintensive.com/, http://flutefling.com/
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, Collegiate/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Northeast Metro
Rates: $32.50/Half Hour, $48.75/45 Minutes, $65/Hour. Scholarships available. Please inquire.
About the Instructor: I maintain a teaching studio in my home and I am also the creator and director of the Summer Flute Intensive and Flute Fling in St. Paul. (www.FluteFling.com, www.FluteIntensive.com)
I earned degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education at the University of Minnesota, and the Master of Music degree and prestigious Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music. I have studied with many outstanding flutists of our era.
My students have been first chair flute in their school groups, played in GTCYS, MYS, All-State groups, and gone on to professional careers in music. My teaching philosophy is that I have an important and precious legacy to hand on to students, and that we can accomplish that while having fun!
GTCYS Alumni? No

Betty Olson
Phone: 952-831-3854
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: South Metro
Rates: $24/Half Hour (my rate was raised January 1, 2017)
About the Instructor: I have 40 years of teaching experience and have had students in MFMC Festival, Laudie Porter Scholarship Competition and have coached college auditions and events for which they need preparation. I have adjudicated Laudie Porter, Festival of the Oaks, MMTA and various other events, as well as taught classes and seminars. Students have ranged in age from 8 to 84.
I am accepting new students.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Lesley Rushton
Email: Lesleyrushtonmusic(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 507-254-6595
Website: www.lesleyrushtonmusic.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, St. Paul, West Metro, Southwest Metro, South Metro, Southeast Metro
Rates: $25/Half Hour in Studio, $30/Half Hour in Home
About the Instructor: Lesley Rushton has been teaching extensively in the Twin Cities and the surrounding suburbs for 10 years. Lesley graduated in 2011 with a degree in Instrumental and Classroom Music Education.

Roxanne Seidel
Email: parkway(at)real-time(dot)com
Phone: (612)867-4306
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $25/Half Hour private lesson. For two beginners who take lessons together, the rate is $25 per student for a 45-minute lesson.
About the Instructor: I am accepting new students for the 2018-19 school year. I perform as a flutist with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, and as a soloist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I serve as administrator for the 4th grade band/strings program at Hale School in southeast Mpls, where I also teach beginning flutists yearly. My private flute studio is based at my home in South Mpls. I hold a BA degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Julie Serber
Email: Juserber(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: 763-360-3366
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Northwest Metro
Rates: $20/Half Hour
About the Instructor: Julie Serber teaches primarily woodwind and piano students at every level. Julie Serber recently retired from the Robbinsdale School District as a middle school band director and will continue to teach privately. Julie and her husband, Mike Serber, have 30 years of private teaching experience and are also known as Serber Studios, Inc.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Jenny Slivinski
Email: jenny.slivinski(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (651)261-4077
Website: jswoodwinds.weebly.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Northeast Metro (Oakdale, White Bear Lake, etc.), North Metro (Anoka, Blaine, Lino Lakes, etc.), Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.), St
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Jenny Slivinski is a passionate music educator and multi-instrumentalist that believes in developing a well-rounded musician. Through the development of solid fundamentals, she aims to develop the full artist from the inside out. She strives to nurture individual creativity and expression with the understanding that each student has his or her own voice and unique purpose with the instrument. She is also a strong advocate of complete body awareness: how the entire body aids in the process of creating the ideal sound and how best to use the body in order to avoid pain and unnecessary tensions. Using these ideas, she actively collaborates with each student to form a plan that will nurture their love and enjoyment of music, while meeting their individual performance goals.
Jenny is currently a member of the faculty at Schmitt Music in Brooklyn Center and Woodbury, and Sarah Jane’s Music School. She also maintains a small studio in her home in Coon Rapids.
She studied Music and Business Administration at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
​Available for private lessons, masterclasses, and sectional work, as well as performances on Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Saxophone.
Jenny regularly performs with the Westwind Concert Band and The Silverwinds Flute Choir.
Jenny is an active member of UMFA (Upper Midwest Flute Association) and of NAfME (The National Association for Music Education).
GTCYS Alumni? Yes

Kara Swanson
Email: karasflutestudio(at)gmail(dot)com
Website: www.thewholeflutist.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.), Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.)
Rates: $30.50/Half Hour, $45.75/45 Minutes, $61/Hour
About the Instructor: Kara is a private flute instructor in Eagan as well as a performer throughout the Twin Cities metro. Kara teaches private flute lessons at her home studio in Eagan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. She has enjoyed watching many of these students participate in Honor Bands, All-State Ensembles and Twin Cities Youth Orchestras. Kara’s goal is to strive to develop the musical potential of each student to as full a degree as possible, as well as to instill in them a confidence and joy of attainment which will enrich their lives and contribute to the development of the whole person. Kara attended Boise State University and received a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Kristi Tharp
Email: kristi_tharp(at)hotmail(dot)com
Phone: 612-483-0824
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Roseville
Rates: $25/Half Hour
About the Instructor: I am currently accepting new students. I recieved my BA in music education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. I have a MN teaching license for K-12 instrumental music. I am a former public school band director and have been teaching private studio lessons for 25 years.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Mark Yannie
Email: mjyannie(at)hotmail(dot)com
Phone: (952) 933-0350
Website: livemusicjazz.com/about_mark.htm
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.), South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prio
Rates: $25/Half Hour, $50/Hour
About the Instructor: My name is Mark Yannie and I am accepting new students.
For over more than 20 years I have had many successful students, who have enjoyed playing and studying with me. Teaching is a life-giver for me–I enjoy introducing students to the joys of different musical ideas, concepts, and ways that they can advance on their instrument. Things that I have enjoyed learning and playing over the years, I can pass on to students to explore and enjoy. I hold Master’s Degree in Music, and have taught as an adjunct on the college level (North Central, Crown, and CSB/SJU), high school (Hopkins), and privately. On the college level, I have taught clarinet, saxophone, and flute privately, a Woodwind Methods class for five years, developed and procured music for woodwind trios, quartets, and jazz ensembles.
I have played professionally in these settings; jazz, symphonic, pit orchestra, and general business entertainment freelance as a woodwinds specialist and have played for many national acts, toured, and freelanced as a performer for years in the Orlando/Tampa, Florida area, and Cleveland, Ohio.
I am a regular performer on Clarinet, Saxophone, and Flute in the Twin Cities. My home studio is located in St. Louis Park. I also presently teach privately in Chaska.
GTCYS Alumni? No

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