Lisa Read Vanarsdel received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University. She has had additional flute study in Manchester, England at the Royal College of Music with Trevor Wye and in masterclasses with William Bennett. At Austin Peay State University, Dr. Vanarsdel is the director of flute studies. In addition to private instruction, she also conducts the APSU Flute Choir, coaches woodwind chamber music, teaches Flute Pedagogy and Woodwind Group Instruction, and serves as faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota International Fraternity for Women. Dr. Vanarsdel has been on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts where she was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Dr. Vanarsdel performs regularly at regional and national conferences. She has presented a lecture/recital about flutist Robert Cavally at the National Flute Association convention and was conductor of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Baton Rouge, Knoxville, and Owensboro symphonies and is currently principal flute of the Paducah Symphony. As guest soloist, she had appeared with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and the Paducah Symphony. She has been a winner in various competitions including the Texas Flute Society Concerto Competition, the National Flute Association Orchestral Competition, and the Convention Performers Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the NFA Young Artist Competition. Dr. Vanarsdel is active in the Mid-South Flute Society having served on the Board of Director, as Competition Coordinator, Program Chair, and President.
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