Kathleen Winters

Kathleen W.

Urbana, IL
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Kathleen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2004

I am a professional flutist based in Central Illinois. I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in flute performance and I'm in the final stages of a doctoral degree in flute performance and pedagogy from the University of Illinois. I have taught students of all ages and levels since I graduated from high school in 2004.

As a professional performer I frequently travel throughout the United States. I am the second flutist of the Duluth Symphony and I also perform frequently with the Des Moines (IA) and Peoria (IL) Symphonies, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Heartland Festival Orchestra (IL). An active soloist, I was the first prize winner of the 2016 Mid-South and 2015 Flute Society of Washington Young Artist competitions, a two-time semifinalist of the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and the second prize winner of the 2014 National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition. I have performed internationally in England, Italy and France as well as in New York, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Illinois.

I teach flute students in my home in Illinois, but I also have two years of experience teaching online. My students have held high chairs in Illinois and Indiana honor bands, and graduates of my studio have been accepted as music majors to schools like Ball State University, the University of Illinois and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

I love helping students become the best musicians they can be while cultivating their love of the flute and flute music. I approach each lesson with energy, openness and a sense of humor and my goal is to make every lesson engaging while providing honest and helpful feedback. I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your skills as a flutist and a musician!

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Experience

Substitute/Extra Musician
May 2014 - Present
Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Substitute/Extra Musician
Feb 2014 - Present
Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Flute Instructor
Jun 2013 - Present
Illinois Summer Youth Music

I work with middle and high school flutists in sectionals and group lesson settings while they attend the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp at the University of Illinois.

Second Flutist
Oct 2010 - Present
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

I perform as the second flutist with the Duluth Superior Symphony.

Private Flute Instructor
Sep 2004 - Present
Self-Employed

I have maintained a private flute studio since 2004. My students have held high chairs in Virginia, Illinois and Indiana honor bands and have been accepted as music majors at Eastern Illinois University, Ball State University, the University of Illinois and Indiana University.

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Associate Member
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Sabbatical Replacement Teaching Artist of Flute
Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Drake University

I served as the sabbatical replacement for the Professor of Flute at Drake University. In this position I taught weekly flute lessons, directed the flute choir and taught the university's flute methods course.

Flute Studio Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2015
University of Illinois

I was the primary flute lesson instructor to music education majors in the flute studio. I also designed and taught the university's Flute Methods course.

Education

Doctor of Music
Jan 2013 - Present
University of Illinois
Master of Music
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
University of Illinois
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Virginia Commonwealth University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Awards

First Prize
Mar 2016
Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition
Semifinalist
Aug 2015
National Flute Association Young Artist Competition
First Prize
Feb 2015
Flute Society of Washington Young Artist Society
Second Prize
Aug 2014
National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition
Semifinalist
Aug 2013
National Flute Association Young Artist Competition

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2014-2015 students at flute studio recital

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Jordan Dec 10, 2018
Flute · In studio

Wonderful five years of lessons in person and online! I would not be where I am today without everything Kathleen has done to help me grow as a musician, and a person. Her feedback is always so personal and so detailed for what I am working on. She is always able to pinpoint errors in my sound and tell me exactly how to fix them all while being so positive and encouraging. I could not be more grateful for our time together.

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