About-WSFA

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Peter Shanahan
Peter serves as the instructor of flute at Radford University, Guilford College, the Winston Salem Flute Academy, and the Music Academy of North Carolina. He is a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and performs as a freelance musician with the Charleston, Winston-Salem, Salisbury, Greensboro, Carolina Chamber and Southwest Florida Symphonies as well as the Piedmont Opera and Long Leaf Opera companies. As a member of the Open Dream Ensemble, Peter performed in three U.S. tours culminating in collaborative performances with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. As a soloist, Peter has performed the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C with both the Southwest Florida Symphony and Indiana University Orchestra.

Peter is a graduate of two of the finest music schools in the U.S. He holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and Bachelor of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts. His teachers—among the finest and most important flutists in the country today— include Thomas Robertello, Tadeu Coelho, Philip Dunigan, Ervin Monroe, and Beth Larsen.

He has presented recitals and masterclasses at the Long Island Conservatory, Davidson College, High Point University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Peter’s students have consistently rated at the top of local and state competitions, frequently wining 1st Chair in All-State Bands and such coveted awards as 1st Prize in the South Carolina Flute Association High School Competition.

Lissie Shanahan
Lissie is the Principal Flutist of the Asheville Symphony, a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony, and the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to holding these posts, Lissie performs regularly as Principal Flute with the Asheville Lyric Opera, and has performed with the New World Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, American Singers Opera Project, National Repertory Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. She also has served as Guest Instructor at the Long Island Conservatory and at The Juilliard School Pre-College.

Lissie received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2008 and her Bachelor of Music in 2006 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has presented recitals at High Point University, Davidson College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and St. Mary’s Music Academy in High Point. Lissie has performed as soloist with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, and the Asheville Symphony. Her other honors include First Prize in the 2003 Detroit Bohemian Concerto Competition, Third Prize in the 2011 Myrna Brown Artist Competition, and a performance with the New York Woodwind Quintet. Her past teachers include Ervin Monroe, Barbara Ogar, Thomas Robertello, Carol Wincenc, and Jeffery Zook.