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  • Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute


  • BS, Oakland University, 1976


Michael Lynn performed for the inaugural luncheon for President Barack Obama’s first term and has given concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Japan with Apollo’s Fire, Mercury Baroque, ARTEK, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, American Baroque Ensemble, Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and many other ensembles.

He teaches each summer at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has taught other workshops throughout the country. Lynn previously taught at the University of Michigan, Oakland University, Case Western Reserve University, and at the Recorder Institute of Indiana University.

Known for his knowledge of historical flutes, Lynn maintains a website——based on his flute collection and presents lectures and demonstrations about the history of the flute. His recent presentations include the 19th-century French Flute Extravaganza at Oberlin Conservatory, the International Congress of the National Association for Music Instruments in Tavira, Portugal, and the Early Music Department of the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal.

Lynn is founder and executive director of the Medici Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to producing concert performances to benefit medical organizations. He previously served Oberlin as associate dean for facilities and technology for 15 years.

Lynn produced a monthly column for Flute Talk magazine and has written feature articles for TraversoFlute Talk, Flute View, and Oberlin Conservatory Magazine.

He was the founder of Early Music Facsimiles and a founding member of the board of Apollo’s Fire. His recordings can be heard on Wildboar, Gasparo, Eclectra, Koch International, Avie, and other labels.


  • Michael Lynn Wins Award from French Instrument Collectors' Association

    January 29, 2019

    The Association des Collectionneurs d'Instruments de Musique à Vent—France’s Association of Musical Wind Instruments Collectors—recently held a competition for "the most beautiful wind instrument of its members." Michael Lynn, Oberlin Conservatory professor of recorder and Baroque flute, won the award for his Buffet Coché conical Boehm flute on January 23. The instrument will be featured in an upcoming issue of the association's journal, Le Larigot. Lynn will also be giving a presentation on this flute at the conference on Artistic Research in the Field of Early Wind Instruments at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels on February 17. To read more about his research and to hear this rare instrument in performance, visit his website

  • Michael Lynn Publishes

    July 7, 2016

    Michael Lynn, professor of recorder and Baroque flute, has published the article “The Development of the Flute in 19th-Century France” in the summer 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, the official magazine of the National Flute Association (NFA). In the article, Lynn shares a great deal about Oberlin, his flute project and the Selch Collection of American Music History, which was donated by Frederick and Patricia Selch.

    NFA members can access the magazine online on this web page.