Flute Academy

Academy faculty

 Thomas Robertello

Thomas Robertello was appointed associate professor of flute at the IU Jacobs School of Music in 1997. A former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra, he has performed as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Suzanne Buerkle presently plays piccolo with Baton Rouge Symphony and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. She is an active freelance performer with Orchestras in South Florida, New York, Alabama, Ohio, California, and Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

A mentor to aspiring flutists, Suzanne's work has ranged from Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southeastern Louisiana University, Creator and teacher of Floga, teaching artist for Kid's Orchestra of Baton Rouge, and co-creator and teacher of a Music Therapy Program for children with Autism in collaboration with the Baton Rouge Symphony.

Brice Smith

Brice Smith has performed in several professional ensembles, including the Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, with the Arkansas Philharmonic, and with the University of Michigan Camerata Symphony Orchestra.

Smith has taught master classes and lessons for the University of Arkansas, Adams State University, Siena Heights University, the Crescendo Detroit program for young students in the performing arts, and, most recently, was a guest artist and lecturer for the Texas Summer Flute Symposium.

He is an executive board member for the Texas Flute Society and has served as artistic and development assistant for the Crested Butte Music Festival, as well as student engagement specialist for the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Winter Bridge Lesson Plans

  • Scheduling of lessons will be handled individually with each instructor.
  • Lessons are online only.
  • Lessons must be completed by January 15, 2021. 
  • Winter Bridge lesson fees:
    • Non-refundable registration: $15
    • 3 Week Winter Bridge Session
      • 60 minute lessons: $114
  • Spring 2021 information coming soon.

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