Claudia Anderson’s brilliance and originality as a solo performer (“vast range of sonorities“—Giornale di Sicilia; “flute playing of the highest echelon“—Concert Artists Guild; “has not only a tremendous technique, but also those rarer qualities of warmth, fun, charm and understanding“—William Bennett) have graced audiences in the U.S., Europe and South America since the early 1970’s.
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After graduating from the University of Michigan with honors and participating in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Ms. Anderson went to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship and remained for several years to play principal flute in the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Since her return to the U.S., she has toured many states as a recitalist as well as guest artist and clinician for state and regional flute festivals.
From early experience with the language of new music (Michigan) as well as the world of opera (Italy), Claudia developed in her recital programs the elements of drama and creative use of performance space common to both disciplines. Her workshop “Taking the Stage” incorporates the use of body language, self-image and creative staging into a comprehensive definition of stage presence. Her participation in many premieres during her career has involved duo collaborations (with cello, oboe, and guitar), and presently – with Jill Felber as members of the flute duo ZAWA! — she and Ms. Felber are commissioning and recording new works for two flutes.
In 2006, Ms. Anderson founded the ground-breaking New Prairie Camerata; a unique concept that brings together music, architecture, local history, and community participation. Three artists with national and international careers – flutist Claudia Anderson, harpist Jeanmarie Kern Chenette and violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub – joined talents to form the musical core of New Prairie Camerata. Each of the five programs of the inaugural 2006-2007 season will reflect its choice of setting through the music as well as the visual and culinary arts, exercise science, and local histories of business and fashion. Concert goers will enjoy a multilevel cultural and sensory experience – a rich palate of sounds, sights and tastes.
Ms. Anderson has participated in the National Flute Association as performer (at seven national conventions), adjudicator (for the Chamber Music, Professional Performers, Newly-Published Music, High School Soloist and Young Artist Competitions), and was Coordinator for the Chamber Music Competition from 1993 to 1998.
Teaching positions have included Grinnell College, Universities of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Ithaca College and University of California at Santa Barbara (1998-99). Her advanced degrees are from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Iowa. Major teachers include Severino Gazzelloni, Thomas Nyfenger, Geoffrey Gilbert, Betty Bang Mather and William Bennett. Ms. Anderson has recorded for the Centaur, Golden Crest and CRI labels. She currently serves as Principal Flute of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.