lessons & coachings @ flutistry
From beginner to conservatory level students and beyond, Flutistry Boston has a private instructor that can help you. We understand that each student has a diverse background, experience, and approach to playing the flute. Depending on your individual goals, we custom tailor a strategy that develops your strengths while also addressing your challenges in a straightforward, supportive, and non-competitive environment.
Project specific coachings are also available and may include audition, concert & recital preparation, tone & technique development, contemporary techniques, and historically informed performance practices.
Our instructors are not only professional flutists with degrees in flute/music performance, but they are also accomplished teachers with a passion for helping flutists at all levels. Please contact us for rates & availability or to set-up a free trial lesson.
Wisconsin native, Johnathan Bernhardt began playing the flute at the age of seven. He attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he received his Bachelor’s Degree under Dr. Robin Fellows, and completed his Master’s Degree at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied with David Cramer of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While at Temple, Johnathan was a member of the New School Woodwind Quintet, the select quintet of the school.
He has performed in numerous masterclasses for distinguished flutists such as Keith Underwood, Molly Barth, Christina Jennings, Jean Ferrandis, Leone Buyse, Walfrid Kujala, Susan Milan, Marina Piccinini, Renee Krimsier, Amy Porter, Trudy Kane and many others. In addition to these, he has played in chamber music coachings with the Borealis Wind Quintet and The Claremont Trio. Johnathan has performed at The Panoramic Flutist, the Ithaca Flute Institute, Walfrid Kujala's Master Classes in Flute and Piccolo, and Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop.
In 2010, Johnathan was invited to perform a solo recital for the Rockford Flute Club in Illinois. That same year, he won the Whitewater Concerto Competition, performing Frank Martin's Ballade with the Whitewater Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, he was a finalist in the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition.
Johnathan was twice awarded the generous Dahle Family Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship given to a student who excels in their artistic medium while upholding an outstanding academic record. Other scholarships include the Roxa Pritchett Music Scholarship and the Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship.
Cape Cod native, Nicholas Fitton is a recent graduate of The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance under the tutelage of virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini. While at Peabody, he also studied piccolo with BSO solo piccoloist Laurie Sokoloff, orchestral excerpts with BSO Principal Flutist Emily Skala, and Baroque Flute with Gwyn Roberts, founder of Tempesta di Mare.
During his early flute career, he was principal flutist with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, a finalist in the Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, and attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
In 2007, Nicholas began his collegiate training at The Eastman School of Music where he studied with Bonita Boyd and Anne Lindblom Harrow. In 2009, he won the piccolo position in the groundbreaking YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the first ever online collaborative orchestra. Under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the YouTube Symphony performed a sold out concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Returning to Boston in 2011, Nicholas earned a position in the Teacher Training Program at the Boston Flute Academy, under the direction of Judy Grant, where he worked with students of all ages and abilities. During this time, he studied privately with Flutistry founder, Adam Workman.
Nicholas has held positions with the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and College Light Opera Company, as well as performing regularly as a guest artist and recital soloist. He has performed in masterclasses for Elizabeth Rowe, Cynthia Meyers, Leone Buyse, Aaron Goldman, Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Jean Ferrandis, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer.
Nicholas, also known as Nick, joined the Flutistry Boston team in October 2015 as a Marketing & Events Associate.
Flutist Andrea LeBlanc’s performances have been described as “sweetly lyrical,” “excellent throughout,” and “effortlessly played” (Boston Musical Intelligencer, 2013, ’13, ‘12). Ms. LeBlanc is devoted to furthering the artistry and expression of the flute by performing on instruments original to or reproductions from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Her regular engagements in Boston include the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Grand Harmonie, and Cambridge Concentus. Ms. LeBlanc has also appeared with the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C. and in 2009 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Cambridge Concentus’ tour of Japan, under the direction of Joshua Rifkin. She is the principal flutist of Arcadia Players and L’Academie, and performs chamber music of the late-classical and early-romantic periods with pianist David Hyun-Su Kim. She has worked with such conductors as Masaaki Suzuki, Harry Christophers, Joshua Rifkin, Ian Watson, and Simon Carrington. In 2012, Ms. LeBlanc became the first baroque artist to participate in Music at Eden’s Edge Emerging Artist program, and was invited to become a full member based on her exemplary participation. She has also performed at the Blue Hill Bach Festival in Maine, and has been an audience favorite at the Big Moose Bach Festival in Gorham, NH since its inception in 2010. Ms. LeBlanc holds a B.Mus. with honors and distinction in performance from New England Conservatory and a M.Mus. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a teaching assistant in flute and early music. She spent a year furthering her study of the traverso at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands). She has studied extensively with Christopher Krueger and Kate Clark.
Carolyn McCrone grew up in suburban Philadelphia and has been involved in music for most of her life. She moved to Massachusetts for school, and has made the state her home ever since. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Music Education, as well as a Professional Performance Certificate, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied with Christopher Krueger. In 2016, she completed her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with former BSO piccoloist and well-known pedagogue Geralyn Coticone.
During her time in school, Carolyn had the opportunity to travel and perform regularly with university large ensembles and a variety of chamber music ensembles, frequently collaborating on contemporary music projects. Highlights included being a featured soloist with a Downbeat Magazine award-winning ensemble and a concert with the Avanti Plus Faculty Woodwind Quintet.
In addition to performing, Carolyn is a dedicated teacher who has worked with students of all ages teaching private lessons, leading general music classes, and conducting small and large ensemble rehearsals and performances.
Carolyn has been privileged to play in masterclasses for many distinguished flutists and teachers, including Christina Jennings, Jonathan Keeble, Marya Martin, and Alexa Still. In the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to study and perform with prominent members of the new music community as a fellow at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at The New England Conservatory. Carolyn joined the Flutistry Boston team in the summer of 2016, while continuing to freelance and maintain a private flute studio.
A native of Massachusetts, flutist Sarah Paysnick is praised for “[producing] a beautifully tuned (and vibrato free) liquid tone.” (Tom Moore, Early Music America). She performs regularly in the Greater Boston area with many period ensembles including L’Académie, Arcadia Players, Exsultemus, Cambridge Concentus and Harvard Baroque, where she frequently appears as concerto soloist. After winning the National Flute Association’s Baroque Artist competition in August of 2009, she moved to Israel for a year, where she performed with Israel's leading historical performance ensembles: Barrocade, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and Ensemble Phoenix. Upon returning to Boston she co-founded Musical Offering, a period chamber ensemble that explores music linking the high Baroque and Classical styles. In 2012 she co-founded Grand Harmonie, an ensemble of varying size bringing period instrument performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire to the East Coast.
As an award-winning modern flutist, Sarah earned a BM at Ithaca College studying with Wendy Mehne, and a MM from the University of Texas at Austin studying with Marianne Gedigian. She also spent a year studying with Jill Felber in Santa Barbara. While studying with Ms. Gedigian, she won the Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in 2004. After Austin, Sarah returned to Boston and began focusing on Baroque repertoire, though she teaches lessons on both modern and historical flutes.
Sarah was appointed Coordinator of Baroque Masterclasses & Competitions for the National Flute Association (NFA) in October of 2012 and will serve a five-year term. She was also elected to the board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) and has served on the board of the Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition since 2007.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking, knitting, and spending time with kids, especially her niece.
Erica Schiller grew up in metro Detroit and is now the Vice President at Flutistry Boston, where she keeps the day-to-day of the business running and works with clients at all levels to find instruments that help them sound their best.
While completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Michigan State University, she performed with the Jackson (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra, toured Austria with the MSU Symphony Orchestra and premiered a work by Dana Wilson for Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble entitled The Avatar on the feature concert of the 2007 International Double Reed Society Convention in Ithaca, New York. Erica also spent several months studying chamber music in Vienna, Austria, where she worked privately with Barbara Giesler-Haas, professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
In 2007 Erica moved to the desert to complete her Masters of Music in flute performance at the University of Arizona. As a member of the inaugural Arizona Graduate Wind Quintet, she was a finalist for the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and the 63rd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and performed at the Festival Internacional Dr. Alfonzo Ortiz Tirado 2008 in Alamos, Mexico.
After completing her Masters in 2009, Erica moved to Boston where she lives with her adorable dog Cooper. Her teachers have included: Richard Sherman, Dr. Brian Luce, Ervin Monroe, Deborah Adler and Johanna Beth Sennett.
Katy Wherry is a flutist whose passion for varying genres of music has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with outstanding musicians and give performances around the globe. Katy has studied with distinguished flute players such as James Galway, Brook Ferguson, Christina Jennings, and others. She recently received her Master’s Degree from The University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied both classical and jazz performance.
Katy has performed recitals throughout the world, including a tour of England and Brazil. She has experience performing with multiple symphony orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, the award winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Raised in Vergennes, Vermont, flutist Adam Workman moved to Boston in 1998 to pursue his love of music. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts where he studied with Marianne Gedigian, Jacques Zoon, and Linda Toote. He also received considerable guidance from Jonathan Landell, Court Gettel, Louis Moyse, Steven Finley, James Walker, and Paula Robison. Adam has appeared in orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the country, and can be heard with the Boston-based Commonwealth Chamber Players and the Fensgate Chamber Players. His solo CD, “Tribute: Past, Present, Future” was released under the Azadmusico label.
Sought after as a teacher and coach, Adam has had students accepted at The Peabody Conservatory, The Yale University School of Music, The Longy School of Music, and The NYU School of Music. Formerly on faculty at the Boston Flute Academy, he has also coached the flutists of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and has taught masterclasses at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Georgia Athens, University of Missouri, University of Akron, Hartt School of Music, and The Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany, among others. Adam currently maintains a private studio at Flutistry Boston.
In addition to his artistic pursuits, Adam has held high-level roles at major companies in Boston including ViaCell, Inc, The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Biogen Idec, and was also Director of Classic and Amadeus Flutes at the Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company. With this unique background in both the creative and corporate worlds, Mr. Workman founded Muddy River Creative, an Arts Consulting firm, in 2004 (which later developed into Flutistry Boston). As such, he has made various contributions to the work of Marianne Gedigian, Paula Robison, Steven P. Finley, FluteFX, Charles Villarrubia, The Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company, Yesterday Service Music, The National Flute Association, The University of Texas at Austin, and SonyBMG Records. Adam has proudly served as a member of the Board of Directors for the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition since 2007.
Recognized for his repair skills by the Vermont Guild of Flute Making, Mr. Workman was trained in flute repair by master flutemakers Steven P. Finley (FluteFX and Wm. S. Haynes), Jonathan Landell, Muramatsu Flutes, Lillian Burkart, David and Joel Straubinger and is a Muramatsu & Straubinger Certified Repair Technician.