Michael Hoover

Michael H.

Chicago, IL
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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2007

I am a highly trained classical flutist that maintains an active teaching and performing career. I have received Masters and Bachelors degrees in flute performance from DePaul University, and additional training from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While my degrees are in performance, they include extensive coursework in pedagogy and studio teaching, and I love teaching. I have years of experience working as an educator with flutists of all ages and levels with various goals for their instrumental studies. I believe in igniting a passion for music and nurturing this passion into personal excellence based upon each individual's interests and goals. I am more than happy to provide a full resume and references upon request.

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Sep 2014 - Present
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Professional orchestral piccolo performer with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.

Flute Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present
Ravinia Sistema

Flute Instructor with Ravinia's Sistema Orchestra Program at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School. I also instruct large ensembles, chamber music, sectionals, and composition classes.

Founder, Performer
Jan 2012 - Present
Chicago Symphonic Winds

Founder and performer with Chicago Symphonic Winds, a nonprofit performance ensemble dedicated to furthering the tradition of the wind repertoire.


MM - Flute Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University School of Music
BM - Flute Performance
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
DePaul University School of Music
High School Artist Diploma
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008
North Carolina School of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Prize - COFA Young Artist Competition
Apr 2016
Central Ohio Flute Association
Second Prize - FSK Piccolo Artist Competition
Feb 2015
Flute Society of Kentucky
First Prize - Chamber Music - Illinois Division
Oct 2013
Second Prize - Jaqueline Avant Concerto Competition
Jul 2013
Sewannee Music Festival
Finalist - Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition
May 2013
Chicago Flute Club
Second Prize - Orchestral Audition Competition
Aug 2011
National Flute Association
Mary Motl Scholarship Award
Feb 2010
Sigma Alpha Iota, St Louis Chapter


National Flute Association
Aug 2014

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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Chicago Flute Club
Aug 2014

The Chicago Flute Club's mission is to foster the highest artistic potential of all its members through teaching, listening and performing. We provide a forum for activities of interest to flutists of all ages and abilities. Our activities are designed to promote, encourage, and nurture appreciation of flute music and technique, as well as provide an opportunity for social interaction among flutists.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Michael H.

Rehearsing for solo concerto performance with the Sewannee Festival Orchestra (July 2013)

Live Performance of the Fantasie by Georges Hue with the Sewanee Festival Orchestra (July 2013)
Photo by Michael H.

Chicago Symphonic Winds performing at Chicago Symphony Center, Michael Hoover on Principal Flute (May, 2015)

Photo by Michael H.


3 Reviews

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Michael Feb 20, 2018
Flute · In home

TL;DR: Sign up now. Do it! Mr. Hoover is talented, professional, attentive, punctual, organized and effective.

I've taken music lessons my entire life, and I've had bad, mediocre, good and excellent teachers before. Mr. Hoover is excellent. It _never_ once felt like he was phoning it in or killing time-- lessons were well-structured and tailored to help me achieve my personal goals as a musician.

I'm moving away from Chicago for a new job opportunity and am sad to discontinue lessons with him, as I learned a lot in a very short amount of time. I encourage any folks at any age wishing to learn the flute to sign up.

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Jeanne Oct 19, 2015
Flute · In home

Michael was an excellent flute teacher for my 5th-grade daughter!

He's very patient and calm, which is critical for new learners, and gave my daughter a lot of confidence in her ability to play the flute.

I highly recommend Michael!

Stephanie Oct 13, 2015
Flute · In home

We really enjoy having Michael as a private flute instructor. He is patient, good with teens, extremely talented and knowledgeable. My daughter always looks forward to lessons and has fun learning from Michael. He choses level-appropriate music and is always very encouraging. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for private or group flute lessons.

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