Cathy Collinge Herrera enjoys an international career as a concert artist, orchestral performer and flute professor.
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Described by Lima, Peru’s El Comercio, as an artist with “a sweet and seductive sound”, Cathy Collinge Herrera has performed solo, chamber and symphonic and repertoire throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for two years, and a founder of the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas. Featured in the U.S. National Flute Association journal The Flutist Quarterly, she was recognized as the catalyst for the thriving Latin American international flute festival scene. Serving as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. Embassy, she has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and master class clinician in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Other Latin American performing venues include Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil.
Cathy holds both a Doctor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a World Music Certificate from The Florida State University. Her other performance degrees were earned at the University of Northern Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison. While pursuing her studies, she was winner of the National Flute Association Master Class Competition, one of six finalists in the NFA Young Artist Competition, and a selected performer for summer master classes with Donald Peck and Julius Baker.
Dr. Collinge Herrera has served as faculty member for a variety of U.S. universities and also the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium at the Edith Cowen University, Perth. Currently she teaches at Juniata College, is a Rostered Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a scholarly contributor to the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and she performs with several Central Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Dr. Collinge Herrera is founder of the charitable organization The Flutopia Initiative, flutists inspiring musicians to change the world one concert at a time, for which she organizes musical events to support those in need. She is responsible for organizing the annual Flutopia Initiative “Play It Forward” benefit concert on the eve of each National Flute Association convention, which features members of the National Flute Association, supporting a local charity in each convention host city.
In her book, Performance Day! Cathy shares a multitude of her own insights regarding how to handle the day of a performance for optimal success and includes interviews with and perspectives of nearly 70 flutists from around the world. The book is scheduled to be released the summer of 2019 by the Theodore Presser Company. Her two flute and guitar ensemble Camerata Amistad, which has performed extensively throughout the Americas, has published three volumes of arrangements of music with roots in the Hispanic culture. Entitled Touring the Hispanic World, the volumes are published by ALRY.