MTSU to Host Annual Flute Festival with Guest Artist Mary Stolper

2014 MTSU Flute Festival
Middle Tennessee State University School of Music
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Guest Artist, Mary StolperMary Stolper is a frequent soloist and chamber music performer who has made guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe.

Ms. Stolper's performance credits also include the following organizations: Chicago Chamber Musicians, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Recital Series, University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, "Live from Studio One" WFMT radio broadcasts, American and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, Contemporary Chamber Concerts at Orchestra Hall hosted by Shulamit Ran, Da Camera Chamber series in Houston, Texas and the Old First Church Chamber Series in San Francisco. Her extensive skills of contemporary techniques and performing on a variety of flutes have been featured on numerous concerts with the MusicNOW series at Symphony Center under Maestros Boulez and Colnot. For more than a decade, Ms. Stolper was the principal flute sub in the CSO flute section.  During this time she filled in for two sabbatical positions and accompanied the Orchestra on over 17 International and Domestic tours.  Invited Flute soloist, Ms Stolper appeared in concert with Rene Flemming at Orchestra Hall.  

Currently, Ms. Stolper is Principal Flute of the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater and the new music ensemble Fulcrum Point. As an active studio musician she has also played for hundreds of TV and radio commercials.

Dedicated to the performance of music composed by women, Ms. Stolper invited two Chicago Women Composers/Performers to perform with her at her Carnegie Hall recital debut. Several compositions have been written for her to show her outstanding versatility on the piccolo, flute, alto flute and bass flute. Ms. Stolper has been a frequent guest recitalist and lecturer on the subject of Women Composers. She produced and recorded the flute music of Shulamit Ran, former composer in residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the Erato/Warner Classics label.  She has also recorded 3 more CD’s with the Cedille Lable here in Chicago.   Her American Concerto’s cd, was recorded in Prague and while there she performed with the Czech National Symphony, in Dvorak Hall.

She was a founding member of the Chicago Flute Club, and held board positions on such outstanding organizations as:  The Musicians Club of Women,  The Illinois Arts Council,  New Music Chicago,  Chicago Chapter of the Grammy Music Awards. 

Ms. Stolper earned her Masters Degree in flute performance from Northwestern University, where she studied under Mr. Walfrid Kujala. She has also received instruction from Geoffrey Gilbert, Jean Berkenstock and Edwin Putnik and Donald Peck. She also participated in performance/master classes with William Bennett and received coaching from Samuel Baron.  She has been on the faculty at DePaul since 1986.

Here are a few events you might like to know of or participate in-

  • High School Solo Competition (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes)
  • Junior Solo Competition (prizes for 2 winners)
  • Two festival flute choirs for all – 1 for high school and older flutists & 1 for younger flutists
  • Exhibits – Miles Ahead Music, Altus & we are working on Sheet music from Flute World and Alry
  • Workshops for advanced flutists as well as younger flutists
  • Mary Stolper will perform a recital & teach two master classes

You can also check out the MTSU Flute Studio website for information and updates.  or directly to the festival page