Patricia George

Internationally known performer and teacher, flutist Patricia George travels the world performing and teaching. She has presented her Famous Flute Spa masterclasses for more than 300 universities, conservatories, public schools, and flute associations. In January 2011, George became Editor of Flute Talk Magazine and continues to write the monthly column ‘The Teacher’s Studio.” She has also written for the Idaho Music Educator’s Notes, the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Keynotes Magazine, and Chamber Music America.

As a performer George has toured the United States, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio affiliates in Tennessee, Idaho and Utah. With Trio Terra Nova (Flute, Bassoon, Piano), she has appeared at the International Double Reed Conventions held in Arizona, Wisconsin and at the Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada, in addition to regularly scheduled performances at Temple Square Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, Brigham Young University – Provo; Brigham Young University – Idaho; and throughout the Intermountain West.

With the Amadeus Trio (Flute, Cello, Piano) she presented over 90 concerts a year for several years throughout the Intermountain West. She has soloed with the Amarillo Symphony, Eastman-Rochester Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Brigham Young University – Idaho Symphony Orchestra, the Magic Valley Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Elkhorn Music Festival Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Cumberland Orchestras, the Idaho Symphony, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, and Wisconsin Lutheran College Orchestra.

She has co-authored: Flute 101: Mastering the Basics for the Beginning Flutist, Flute 102: Mastering the Basics for the Intermediate Flutist, and The Flute Scale Book, all published by Theodore Presser Company. Patricia George is an active member of the 5,500 member National Flute Association.

She has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors, a member of the Flutist Quarterly Review Board, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Directors. She has performed or presented workshops at the NFA yearly conventions since 2001. She has also presented workshops at the Western International Band Clinic (Seattle, WA) and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago, IL). Patricia George has been the flute professor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival since 1998. Many of her SSMF students have continued their musical education at elite flute institutions such as Juilliard, University of Southern California, Rice, Ohio State University, University of Texas, Florida State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rutgers, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Boston University. Previously she has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department, Brigham Young University in Idaho, and Idaho State University where in 1996 she was awarded the Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Service.

She is also flute professor at the American Band College (Central Washington University). This July she will teach a masterclass at the Totally Flute Forum masterclass at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. George earned the Bachelor of Music degree (with distinction) in Applied Flute, the Master of Music degree in Performance and Musical Practice and the Performer’s Certificate in Flute from the Eastman School of the University of Rochester. Her teachers include the legendary American flutists Joseph Mariano (Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic), William Kincaid (Philadelphia Orchestra), Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic) and Frances Blaisdell. She performs on sterling silver Verne Q. Powell flutes, one made in 1964 and the other in 1997. The results of her experiments into the acoustics of the flute, particularly those relating to the crown, are now being used by many flute manufacturers. She is a clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc and is a Verne Q. Powell Artist. Patricia George is married to American composer Thom Ritter George and is the mother of three musical children (Dr. Samantha George, Lawrence University Violin Professor; Dr. Alexander George, Metropolitan State University Horn Professor; and Clara George, San Francisco-Based Free-Lance Musician).

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