College of Fine Arts and Communication
Bachelor of Music (BM) Program
Thank you for your interest in the flute studio at the ECU School of Music. Please read below for additional information on the professor of flute, Dr. Christine Gustafson.
Dr. Christine Gustafson
Associate Professor of Flute
Fletcher Music Center, room 304
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D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.M., Eastman School of Music; Artist's Diploma, Academy of Music and Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria; B.M., Indiana University. Dr. Gustafson has performed as a guest artist and has given masterclasses in the US, Asia, Europe and Brazil. As a Fulbright recipient in 2001-2002 Dr. Gustafson featured the music of living American composers in a performance project that took her to Taiwan and China, and she has served as a Discipline Reviewer in Music for the J. William Fulbright Foundation. She has contributed to The Flutist Quarterly and was a North Carolina Arts Council Visiting Artist for four years. Dr. Gustafson has recorded for the Albany Records, Gothic, AURecords and Sphere Sound labels. She also recorded recently for Greenville public television, where she is frequently featured on Channel 99. She has performed for the conventions of the National Flute Association, the Midatlantic Flute Fair, the Hampton Roads Flute Faire and the Raleigh Area Flute Association. She is a prizewinner in the Professional Performers Competition of the NFA. As an orchestral and chamber music performer she has been a Fellow at the Salzburg Summer Academy Festival, the Waterloo Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival, and has served as solo flutist for the Banff Opera Orchestra at the Banff Music Centre in Canada. Dr. Gustafson has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony and the Orchestra of the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. An active proponent of New Music, she has premiered many new works, a number of which have been written for her, in a wide range of venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, the National Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan, the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory in China. Composers Stephen Jaffe, Ken Kreuzer, Martha Horst, Yan Fu Rong and Donald Sloan have dedicated works to her. She is currently working with distinguished composer Elena Ruehr on a newly commissioned work to be premiered in 2013, funded by the ECU Scholar-Teacher Award, which recognized Gustafson’s teaching in 2010. Dr. Gustafson’s students have won awards at competitions of the National Flute Association, the Music Teacher’s National Association, and the Raleigh Area Flute Association, as well as scholarships to major conservatories and summer courses in Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Brazil and France. Dr. Gustafson holds degrees from Indiana University Bloomington (BM, Flute Performance), the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (Artist Diploma), The Eastman School of Music (MM, Flute Performance), and The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, Flute Performance). Her principal teachers include Harry Houdeshel, Louis Rivière, Wolfgang Schulz, Karl Kraber and Carol Wincenc. She frequently performs with concert pianist Jeremy Thompson (DMA McGill University 2005, represented by Standing Ovation Arts) and is flutist for The NC Collaborative, featured at the new Goldsboro Spring Chamber Music Festival in May 2012. Christine Gustafson is professor of flute at East Carolina University, where she is a member of the Duo St. Caecilia with guitar colleague Elliot Frank, and the Coastal Winds Quintet.