Allison Asthana

Allison A.

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About Allison A.

Allison Asthana is an emerging flute performer and educator based out of Central Texas. She spent three seasons as second flutist and piccoloist with the Waco Symphony from 2013-2016, and has performed in many capacities at venues across the country, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Harvard Sanders Theatre, and Schermerhorn Symphony Hall.

Allison is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio, studying with Marianne Gedigian. She also holds degrees from Boston University and Baylor University, studying with Linda Toote and Dr. Francesca Arnone respectively. She currently performs as a freelancer in the Austin and San Antonio areas, as well as with the University of Texas Symphony, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Butler Opera Center.

Throughout her studies, Allison has performed in master classes for many world-renowned flutists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Jim Walker, Leone Buyse, Christina Jennings, Bonita Boyd, Mark Sparks, Michael Hasel, Carol Wincenc, and Paula Robison. She attended the Brevard Music Center as a flute fellow in 2016, performing under conductors including Keith Lockhart, Matthias Bamert, JoAnn Falletta, and Ken Lam. Allison has also performed twice at the National Flute Association Convention as a winner of the NFA Masterclass Competition and the Marcel Moyse Society Competition.

Highly devoted to teaching flute and music, Allison maintains an active private studio of a wide range of students. As a graduate assistant, she has taught advanced non-major collegiate private lessons and coached chamber ensembles. Allison has also led master classes at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and at several Texas high schools, and presented at music conventions and festivals, including the Austin Flute Society Virtual Flute Festival.

Allison is the 2019 winner of the Byron Hester Competition and will present a recital as guest artist at the Houston Flute Fest in April 2021. She is also the 2020 winner of the Presser Graduate Music Award from the Butler School of Music, and will receive a grant to study Hindustani classical music and bansuri with expert flutists in India in 2021.


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Experience

Flutist and Piccoloist
Sep 2013 - May 2016

Waco Symphony Orchestra

Education

Doctorate in Flute Performance
Aug 2018 - Present

The University of Texas at Austin

Flute Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2018

Boston University

Music Education
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015

Baylor University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

EC-12
Nov 2015

Texas Educators Agency

CPR
May 2015

National CPR Foundation

Awards

Award Recipient
Apr 2020

Presser Foundation Graduate Music Award

Winner
Apr 2019

Byron Hester Competition, Houston Flute Club

Sterling Achievement Award
Apr 2016

Mu Phi Epsilon

Affiliations

Pi Kappa Lambda
Mar 2014
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 2013
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Apr 2012
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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