Nicole Riccardo

Nicole R.

Austin, TX
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Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi, my name is Nicole! I have about 17 years playing experience and 10 years of experience teaching private flute lessons. I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so fun to hear how students grow with each lesson and to see them reach their goals, whether that is gaining confidence in their playing, making All-State, or winning a competition. I am a very patient person and in my teaching I try to keep the atmosphere positive and encouraging. I have taught beginning to advanced private flute lessons to children and adults in person and online. I have a Bachelor's & Master's in Flute Performance from Florida State University, where I also served as a teaching assistant.

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Mar 2008 - Present
Select Orchestral & Chamber Performances


2016 - Present / / Austin Civic Orchestra, Second Flute & Piccolo

2014 - Present / / Sarasota Orchestra, Substitute Flute & Piccolo

2014 - 2016 / / Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Substitute Principal Flute, Second Flute, & Piccolo

2014 - 2106 / / Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Flute

2014 - 2016 / / Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Principal Flute

2012 / / Tallahassee Community Choir Orchestra, Second Flute


April 20, 2014 / /Force Majeure Quintet World Premiere Concert: Featuring the World Premiere of Gallery by Alan Theisen

March 18, 2014 / / Guest Artist Recital at the University of Georgia, Force Majeure Quintet

March 17, 2014 / / Guest Artist Recital at Mars Hill University, Force Majeure Quintet

October 17, 2013 / / Force Majeure Quintet Benefit Concert for Cauzican Animal Rescue

March 3, 2013 / / Seven Hills Guitar Series: Duo NS, flute & guitar duo, Featured Artists

April 2008 / / Concerto Soloist with Anna Maria Island Orchestra

March 2008 / / Concerto Soloist with Booker High School Symphony Orchestra

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Jan 2004 - Present
Private Instruction / Courses

2004 - Present / / Private Flute and Piano Instructor / / Sarasota and Tallahasse, FL; Austin, TX

2016 - Present / / Austin Civic Orchestra: Woodwind Quintet Coach / / Austin, TX.

2014 - 2016 / / Music Lessons Express: Private Flute and Piano Instructor / / Tallahassee, FL.

2012 - 2014 / / Teaching Assistant, Florida State University / / Tallahassee, FL.

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Nov 2011 - Jul 2016

July 2016 / / Preliminary Round Judge, Flute & Accompaniment Category / / Flute New Music Consortium New Composition Competition

November 2014 / / Featured Artists Forum, Society of Composers at FSU / / Tallahassee, Florida

May 2014 / / Adjudicator, Tavares High School Band Leadership Auditions / / Tavares, Florida

May 2014 / / Flute Sectional & Master Class – Tavares High School / / Tavares, Florida

March 2014 / / Guest Artist Master Class - Mars Hill University / / Mars Hill, North Carolina

March 2014 / / Children’s Music Concert & Workshop – Isaac Dickson Elementary School / / Asheville, North Carolina

October 2013 / / Force Majeure Quintet Benefit Concert for Cauzican Animal Rescue / / Tallahassee, Florida

May 2012 / / Flute Sectional & Master Class – Murdock Middle School / / Punta Gorda, Florida

November 2011 / / Children’s Concert & Workshop – Elizabeth Cobb Middle School / / Tallahassee, Florida

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Jan 2012 - Jan 2016
Leadership Roles

2012 - 2016 / / Force Majeure Quintet, Executive Director & Founder / / Tallahassee, FL.

2012 - 2014 / / Flute Association at FSU, Vice President / / Tallahassee, FL.


Master of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Florida State University
Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance
Jul 2008 - Apr 2012
Florida State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Southern Flute Festival Young Artist Competition
May 2014
Third Place
WFSQ Radio Showcase Featuring Force Majeure Quintet
Jan 2014
91.5 WFSQ-FM
Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities
Feb 2013
1 of 5 Finalists
MTNA Regional Young Artist Competition
Mar 2012
Second Place
Florida State University Concerto Competition
Jan 2012
Anna Maria Island Orchestra Concerto Competition
Apr 2008
First Place


College Music Society, The
Jan 2012

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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National Flute Association
Jan 2004

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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Photos & Videos

Force Majeure Quintet, Summer Music by Samuel Barber
Force Majeure Quintet

Photo by Nicole R.

In Performance

Performing in Carnegie Hall as Principal Flute

With students after a performance

Photo by Nicole R.


Hypnosis by Ian Clarke
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4 Reviews

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Erin Apr 12, 2017
Flute ·

I was a colleague of Nicole's at Florida State University. Nicole is extremely passionate about two things: the flute and people. As a teacher, she puts her whole heart into her students, and her enthusiasm becomes contagious. She is the type of person that makes you feel instantly comfortable when you are speaking with her. Her high standards are a reflection of her superior musicianship and her belief in her students' potential. If you are looking for someone to motivate and develop, Nicole is that person.
Staff Sergeant Erin Morgan, Fife Instrumentalist
United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

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Kelsey Mar 31, 2017
Music Performance ·

I have worked with Nicole in the past in chamber music as well as I have observed her lessons and how she interacts with her students outside of their lessons. To say she goes above and beyond what is necessary is an understatement. She is highly intelligent, hard working and passionate about what she does, and she will make sure her student's achieve exactly what they want. Not only that, she is always finding new and creative ways to teach skills to all learning styles. I would highly recommend taking a lesson with her as well as seeing her perform. She is a fantastic musician with high standards, and will not let anyone down!

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Dan Mar 29, 2017
Flute · In studio

I worked with Nicole both as a student and as a colleague on multiple occasions. She is not only an excellent performer but also a master at developing creative solutions to common practice and performance issues. She is innovative, honest, and respectful, and I would highly recommend her as a lesson teacher.

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Thomas Mar 27, 2017
Music Performance · In studio

Nicole was a chamber music coach for myself and several other students. She came to each coaching with a positive attitude and helped our group perform at its best. Highly recommended as a chamber music coach and private lesson teacher.

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