October 27, 2013
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Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:30pm (Pre-Concert Talk at 4:00pm)
Featured Soloist: Bethany Gonella, Flute
Bethany Gonella plays piccolo in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, performs as a freelance musician in the Twin Cities, and plays as a substitute flutist/piccoloist for several orchestras in the Twin Cities region. She enjoys teaching both as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Winona State University and as a private teacher in her flute studio in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, some of Bethany's earliest musical influences were Suzuki violin lessons and flute lessons. She began her flute studies with Christine Cleary, free-lance flutist, and then with Helen Blackburn, flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Bethany obtained her bachelor's degree in music at Northwestern University, studying with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, both of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She completed her master's degree in flute performance at the University of Southern California (USC), studying with Jim Walker. During her time at USC, she performed as a freelance musician, and she was selected to perform a solo recital as part of the Palos Verdes Library District's 2010 Classical Music Series. In Los Angeles, she enjoyed working with private students as well as teaching music classes and performing educational music assemblies at local schools through the USC Thornton Music Outreach Program.
Bethany lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In her free time, Bethany enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with her husband, running, biking, reading, and gardening. She stays actively involved in the region's flute community and currently holds the position of Technology Chair in the Upper Midwest Flute Association. You can learn more about Bethany at www.BethanyGonella.com.