The flute studio's friendly and supportive atmosphere enhances weekly private lessons, studio classes, and collaborative orchestral excerpt classes with master teacher Alexa Still. She has a worldwide reputation and decades of varied performance experience as a soloist, orchestral principal flutist, chamber musician, contemporary music specialist, and recording artist.
- Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Performance Diploma (PDip)
- Artist Diploma (ADip)
- Division: Winds, Brass, and Percussion
Professor of Clarinet
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We place first-year students among returning students equally and fairly within the sections of all ensembles. We nurture them in a collaborative studio environment to inspire personal growth and development. Through orchestral, chamber music, jazz, improvisational, and historical through contemporary music for the flute, we encourage versatility and provide immense breadth of experience.Master Classes at Oberlin
Alexa Still, an authorized installer of Straubinger pads, offers a flute stripping and emergency repair course in which students are trained to make adjustments and diagnose problems themselves. They disassemble and reassemble their instruments, diagnose mechanical problems, and perform the simple “clean, oil, and adjust’’ regular maintenance that professional quality flutes require. Advanced students also have the option of working on pads. Flutes are available for loan to students whose own instruments are being repaired.
Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.
I try to encourage my students to think about what they want to do, get them thinking on a bigger scale, and help them with all the tools they need to make themselves excellent.
Weekly studio classes and regular master classes for the flute studio involve mock orchestral auditions, reinforcement of fundamentals, chamber music performances, solo recital performances, guest master classes, and many other types of performance opportunities. We encourage students to support their colleagues with positive and constructive feedback. Oberlin cultivates a learning environment in which students are open to making mistakes without consequence in larger public performances.
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Life After Oberlin
Oberlin’s flutist alumni hold major positions in orchestras, contemporary music, and in teaching positions around the world. Others in our alumni ranks choose to change the world in non-music professions.
Notable Oberlin Alumni
Hannah Hammel ’15
Principal Flute, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Brandon Patrick George ’08
Flutist in Imani Winds
Erica Zheng ’17
Double degree graduate (Flute and Chemistry) now pursuing a PhD in the chemical biology program at Harvard Medical School