Conservatory-trained flutist, Audra Ziegel, has a superior track-record teaching and mentoring aspiring flute players. Her private students regularly receive the highest ratings at solo-ensemble contests, earn seats in state and regional honor bands, and are frequently “first chair” in their respective school bands and orchestras. Audra’s ability as a teacher is informed by her performance history in several orchestras – including her current position as principal piccolo of the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra - as well as her past experience serving on the faculty of several music schools and camps and adjudicating festivals and competitions in both Illinois and Maryland.
Audra earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied under internationally-renowned virtuoso and pedagogue Jonathan Keeble. She earlier earned a Bachelors's degree in Flute Performance Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. During her time at Illinois, Audra was the principal flute player of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, as well the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra, she performed with the Illinois Symphony, the Baroque Artists of Champaign, The Concert Band of Central Illinois, the Kankakee Valley Symphony, and was the principal flutist with Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, Illinois.
Audra has extensive experience in competitions, both as a performer and a judge. She placed second at the 2004 and 2005 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist competition, and was a quarterfinalist at the prestigious 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She served as a judge for the 2014 Flute Society of Washington High School Flute Choir Competition, as well as the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) Senior Honor Band auditions.
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