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Mary Boodell


Mary Boodell joined the Richmond Symphony in 1990 to play Principal Flute. Previously, she was the Principal Flutist with the Knoxville Symphony in Tennessee and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A frequent soloist, she won the Civic Orchestra’s prestigious concerto competition, performing Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and has been featured numerous times with the Richmond Symphony. Ms. Boodell has been heard in international programs: in Germany, England, France, and at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. In the US, she has participated in numerous music festivals including the Philharmonic Institute of Los Angeles, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Bellingham Festival of Music, and as a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival. As an active chamber musician, she founded the Quadrivium Players (in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 1999-2001), has performed with the Shanghai String Quartet, the Currents New Music Ensemble, the Alexander Paley Music Festival, the Richmond Chamber Players and the Richmond Festival of Music. This past summer she was a featured performer at the Staunton Music Festival playing the alto, baroque and modern flutes. Her interests span the flute literature, from contemporary electronic music to Baroque. Newly involved in the early music movement, she performs on the one keyed Baroque traverso.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Boodell has studied with some of the country’s most respected flutists: having received her Bachelor of Music under Robert Willoughby at the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master of Music under Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University (both with Pi Kappa Lambda Honors) she has also worked with Keith Underwood, Tom Nyfenger, Julius Baker and Alexander Murray. Formerly on the faculty at the University of Richmond, Ms. Boodell has taught every level of playing from Suzuki to college to Master classes. She coached the young flutists in the Chicago Symphony’s production with James Galway of Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy, maintains her own teaching studio, and appears frequently in Virginia schools with the Richmond Symphony Wind Quintet.

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