The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts provides flute students with a comprehensive education to ensure that graduates have the necessary tools to succeed in an evolving music industry. The flute studio is a supportive yet challenging learning environment where students are pushed to consistently improve with the support and encouragement of fellow students and faculty. It is a comprehensive program, placing emphasis on performance, pedagogy, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, piccolo, and career development.
The OSU Music Department boasts a dynamic group of faculty who provide personal attention and quality training to our students. The university is focused on investing in and supporting the performing arts units. We are thrilled to announce the imminent construction of a new performing arts center, to break ground in January 2016. (Click here for more information.)
Dr. Broffitt Kunzer believes that students reach their maximum potential with a mutual effort between the student and teacher and takes pride in sharing this experience with the talented flutists at OSU. Members of the flute studio have performed at international conferences and other major venues and have also placed in regional and national competitions.
The program offers Graduate Assistantships, Undergraduate Scholarships, and Out-of-State Tuition Waivers. These are awarded through a competitive application and audition process. The music department offers the following degree programs:
- Master of Music
- Bachelor of Music Performance
- Bachelor of Music Education
- Bachelor of Music Business
- Bachelor of Arts
- Minor in Music
Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer would be happy to speak with you about the flute studio. Please feel free to send an email if you would like to set up a lesson or if you have additional questions about the program.
What members of the flute studio can expect
As a member of the flute studio, you will receive at least four hours of instruction with Dr. Broffitt Kunzer each week. Students in woodwind chamber ensembles, pedagogy, and literature courses will receive more. Regardless of major, all flute students will receive a private lesson and attend both flute studio class and piccolo class each week.
Musically, lessons and classes focus on tone, artistry, intonation, technique, practice strategies, and performance. Students are taught in a way that encourages development of self-motivation, critical thinking, resilience, and independence; some of the most valuable skills music students can acquire. Flute students also have the opportunity to work one-on-one each week with the studio’s teaching assistant.
Studio classes consist of performance masterclasses, technique and pedagogy classes, and orchestral excerpt classes. Through these seminars, students are exposed to various teaching techniques, flute methods, and orchestral audition material. Additionally, the studio places an emphasis on performance preparation, performance anxiety, memorization, professional etiquette, and career development.
Solo, chamber, and large ensemble opportunities provide ample performance experience for all students. These performance opportunities are necessary to grow as musicians. Our studio members also actively seek opportunities to attend national and regional workshops and masterclasses to gain exposure to some of the world’s greatest performers and teachers.
Additionally, the flute studio hosts guest residencies by world-renowned teachers and performers on a regular basis. The guest artists range from giving traditional recitals and performance masterclasses to giving seminars about career options for musicians, Practice Techniques, and Alexander Technique. This broad spectrum of topics gives the members of the studio a well-rounded experience. Recent and future guest artists include: Brooks de Wetter-Smith, John Bailey, Jill Felber, Jan Gippo, Randy Bowman, and Bradley Garner.
All prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus prior to an audition. A visit can include a campus tour visiting music classes, viewing rehearsals, and meeting current students and faculty. All flutists who schedule a campus visit will receive a lesson with Dr. Broffitt. To schedule a visit, please contact us and schedule a formal campus tour here.