Donna Shin, Instrumental Coordinator
Flutist Donna Shin has been praised for her beautifully-spun phrases, seductive sound, sterling technique, and charismatic exchanges with the audience. Described as "dazzling" by the Boston Globe, Shin has built an enviable reputation as a versatile performer of solo, chamber, orchestral, jazz and ancient Asian repertoire. Performing in concert halls across the country, Europe and Asia, she is admired for her adventurous programming and expressive flair.
Devoted to the role of artist-teacher, she comes to the University of Washington School of Music after holding faculty posts at the University of South Carolina School of Music and Oklahoma State University. She frequently appears as artist-performer and master class clinician at universities and flute clubs throughout the country, modeling the artist-teacher path for young flutists.
Shin has been featured in solo performances with the Korean National Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, and the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble. In February 2008, she will perform as soloist with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble at the Pacific Northwest Band Festival.
Shin performed for two seasons as principal flute with the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele Orchester in Germany. In Boston, she performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Chamber Orchestras. She has also performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Shin has won prizes in competitions held by the National Flute Association, April Spring Friendship Arts Festival in Korea, Performers of Connecticut, James Pappoutsakis Society, and Seattle Flute Society, to name a few. As a founding member of Paragon Winds woodwind quintet, she was awarded fellowships from the New England Conservatory and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and won the Grand Prize at the 2000 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena, California.
Committed to developing young flutists and reaching out to audiences, Shin has introduced new music programs for a variety of communities, including Italian study abroad programs in music, Oklahoma Wind Day Festival, Oklahoma Flute Society Fair, Edmon Low Library Brown Bag It Chamber Music Series.
Shin earned degrees with the highest honors from the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, including the esteemed Performer's Certificate at the Eastman School. As instructor of chamber music and flute at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, she was awarded the Eastman School of Music "Excellence in Teaching" prize. During her doctoral studies at Eastman, she became the first woodwind player in the school's history to be nominated for the highly coveted Artist's Certificate.
During the summer months, Shin performs as artist-teacher at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan and as course director for an Italian study abroad program in music.