A professional instructor and dynamic performer, Dr. Angela Collier-Reynolds is Adjunct Professor of Flute at Fairmont State University, Adjunct Lecturer of Music at West Virginia University, and a flutist with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in TN. She also serves as adjunct faculty member, teaching web-based courses for Austin Peay State University, and is Assistant Director of the William Bennett International Flute Summer School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Prior to her time in West Virginia, Angela taught in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she maintained an active freelance schedule while also serving as principal substitute flutist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC.) In Chicago, IL, she was the third flute/piccolo player with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and flutist with the Chicago Vintage Brass, Ensemble Vulpine Lupin, and the Logan Square New Music Ensemble. In addition to maintaining a thriving private studio, Angela was on the flute faculty at the Zion Conservatory of Music, Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts, Veritas Center, and the Near North Montessori School of Chicago.
Equally at home on the stage as in the classroom, Angela has appeared as soloist with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Austin Peay Orchestra; as featured recital soloist for the Music at the Monastery Summer Series at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh, PA, and a featured guest with the Composer's Voice Concert Series "Women, Words, and Music" at the Firehouse Space in NYC. She has been a top prize winner in the London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Mid-South Flute Society's Young Artist Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Graduate Performance Awards, and has been featured in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY, the Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall in London, and venues throughout the United States. Recently, Angela was named a semi-finalist in the 2017-2018 Instrumental Soloist Division of The American Prize for Instrumental Performance. On the basis of her dissertation topic, Angela was also selected as the recipient of the 2017 Sigma Alpha Iota Grant for Doctoral Study.
An advocate of new music, Angela has worked with many composers in a variety of projects to introduce new and inventive repertoire to the music community. She has premiered over 35 new works to date. During the 2016-17 Season, Vox Novus: Composer's Voice invited Angela and her trombonist husband, Patrick Reynolds, to open a call for flute and trombone duo scores for the project titled Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame. With this series, the two premiered 15 new one-minute works by composers from around the world. The premiere recording can be found here (a list of the fifteen winning composers can be found on the Premieres and Commissions page.) Angela has also collaborated with composer colleagues Benjamin Cornelius-Bates and Shelley Washington to commission new works. With Cornelius-Bates, a suite of four pieces titled Monstris has been created to depict various atypical flute images. New York City-based composer, Shelley Washington, worked with Angela to commission a flute duet titled ENDLESS ENDLESS ENDLESS for a recital series that represents the theme of "I am..." Along with collaborative flutist, Alyssa Schwartz, the piece was premiered on Angela's final Doctoral recital in May, 2017. The recording of ENDLESS ENDLESS ENDLESS will be released soon!
Additional world and regional premieres include works by composers: Matthew Heap, Daniel Dehaan, David Grant, Edward Hamel, Cindi Hsu, Scott Scharff, Kenneth Metz, Peter Hamlin, and Patrick Burke. For a comprehensive list of premieres, visist Angela's Premieres and Commissions page.
As an adjudicator, Angela has been invited to judge numerous regional and national conferences such as the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Competition, Chicago Flute Club Student Competition, Myrna Brown International Scholarship Competition, West Virginia All State, West Virginia Music Teachers Association Young Artist, Senior, Junior, and Chamber Competitions, and Virginia All-District Band and Orchestra Auditions. She has performed in a number of masterclasses with James Galway, Lorna McGhee, William Bennett, Alberto Almarza, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, Richard Sherman, Leone Buyse, Nancy Stagnitta, Wissam Boustany, Dionne Jackson, and Matej Grahek. Additional studies include those with JoAnn McIntosh, Deanna Hahn-Little, Nicole Riner, Mary Nelson, and Patricia George.
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.
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