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Kathryn Flum
Flute, Coordinator of Woodwinds​
(Flute, Performance)

BM Northern Arizona University
MM DePaul University

Courses Taught
Applied Flute
Orchestral Repertoire for Woodwinds I & II
Chamber Music

Flutist Kathryn Flum takes the music world by storm with appearances hailed as “breathtaking” (PBS), “performed with just the right light touch” (Chicago Classical Review) and “poignant” (Chicago Tribune). Praised for her beautiful tone and heart-rendering musicality, she consistently performs with musicians and ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Chicago Bach Project with Soli Deo Gloria, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, eighth blackbird and Yo-Yo Ma.

Kathryn can be heard performing on recordings through CRC studios, Carl Fischer Publications and 98.7 WFMT-Chicago. She was a finalist for the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists in 2011 and was featured as the flute soloist on the soundtrack for the internationally lauded and highly awarded PBS documentary Jens Jensen: The Living Green, in 2013. Recent solo performances include Franz Benda’s Flute Concerto in E Minor, the world premiere of Agnieszka Stulginska’s Dance With My Breath with Chicago’s Palomar Ensemble, which the Chicago Tribune heralded as a performance that “would have gladdened any composer’s heart,” and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Kathryn performed in the opening night concert for Ear Taxi, a Chicago-wide week-long celebration of new music, in October 2016. In February 2017, Kathryn will perform with Chicago Opera Theater in the world premiere of The Invention of Morel, an opera written by founder and former drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland.

Ms. Flum has served on the adjudication panels for the woodwind and chamber music division of national and international competitions including the Music Teachers’ National Association and the ENKOR International Music Competition, as well as local competitions and master classes. She is also a mentor to Chicago- area middle and high school flute students through the Chicago Philharmonic’s Academy of Music Performance program (previously known as the Chicago Philharmonic Mentoring Program) and serves as a Safe Zone ally for the LGBTQIA+ community at DePaul. In addition to her performance and teaching career, Kathryn is an active and contributing member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, The National Flute Association, The Chicago Flute Club and The Musicians Club of Women (Chicago).

Kathryn received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Northern Arizona University in 2008, her Master of Music in Performance with Distinction from DePaul University in the winter of 2010 and has received significant additional coaching from Jennifer Gunn (Principal Piccolo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Mimi Tachouet (Principal Flute, Lyric Opera of Chicago). Ms. Flum joined the flute faculty at DePaul in the fall of 2013 and was appointed to the position of Coordinator of Woodwinds in 2014.