A professional instructor and dynamic performer, Dr. Angela Collier-Reynolds joined the Indiana State University music faculty in fall 2018. In addition to teaching flute at ISU, she is a performing member of the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, co-principal flute of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, the Assistant Director of the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy and a featured Teaching Artist for its Summer Flute Blast. She also serves as adjunct faculty member, teaching web-based music courses for Austin Peay State University.
Equally at home on the stage as in the classroom, she has performed with the Evanston, Danville, Paducah, Skokie Valley, and Fayetteville Symphonies, Chicago Vintage Brass Band, BETA Flute Quartet, Ensemble Vulpine Lupin, Regali Winds, and the Salomon Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Angela has appeared with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, ISU Symphony Orchestra, ISU Wind Orchestra, ISU Wind Symphony, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Austin Peay Orchestra. She has been a featured guest with the Vox Novus: Composer’s Voice Concert Series in New York City, the inaugural concerts of the Charles Washington Chamber Music Society, and featured in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY, the Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall in London, the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, Belgium, and venues throughout the United States and Italy. She has been a top prize winner in the Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Graduate Performance Awards, and the Brussels, Rome, and London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competitions during which she was also awarded a Special Prize and a debut performance at Carnegie Hall. Angela was a finalist in the 2017-18 Instrumental Soloist division of The American Prize for Instrumental Performance, and was named the 2017 recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Doctoral Grant for her dissertation that studied vibrato in early recordings of Claude Debussy’s Syrinx.
An avid supporter of new music, Dr. Reynolds has performed over thirty-five world premieres and commissions and continues to collaborate with composers throughout the world. A complete list of world premieres can be found on the Premiere page. Along with her trombonist husband, Patrick Reynolds, she was invited by Vox Novus: Composer’s Voice to open a call for flute and trombone duo scores for the concert series project titled Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame. With this series, the duo premiered 15 new one-minute works by composers from across the globe.
Prior to ISU, Angela held teaching positions at West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, Austin Peay State University, Zion Conservatory of Music, Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts, Veritas Center, and the Near North Montessori School of Chicago. As an adjudicator, she has been invited to judge numerous regional and national competitions such as the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Competition, Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention Young Artist and Collegiate Soloist Competitions, Chicago Flute Club Student Competition, Myrna Brown International Scholarship Competition, Flute New Music Consortium Solo and Chamber Composition Competitions, West Virginia All-State, West Virginia Music Teachers Association Young Artist, Senior, Junior, and Chamber Competitions, and Virginia All-District Band and Orchestra Auditions, amongst others.
A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, Angela received her Bachelors degree in music education and flute performance from Austin Peay State University where she studied with Dr. Lisa Wolynec. She continued on to receive a Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, she served as the flute Graduate Assistant to Dr. Angeleita Floyd, highly respected educator and author of The Gilbert Legacy; Methods, Exercises and Techniques for the Flutist. Angela recently completed a DMA at West Virginia University where she served as the Flute Graduate Teaching Assistant to Nina Assimakopoulos and flutist in the Graduate Wind Quintet. She has performed in masterclasses with artists such as: James Galway, Lorna McGhee, William Bennett, Alberto Almarza, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, Richard Sherman, Leone Buyse, Nancy Stagnitta, Wissam Boustany, Dionne Jackson, Molly Barth, and Matej Grahek. Additional and treasured studies include those with JoAnn McIntosh, Deanna Little, Nicole Riner, Mary Nelson, and Patricia George.