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Associate professor of flute. John Thorne joined the Bienen School faculty after having been the Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony from 1992 until 2012. Previously, he has held the position of Principal Flute with the San Antonio Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now called the Sarasota Orchestra). He started his career as a member of the inaugural season of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Mr. Thorne received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Julius Baker, former Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic, and John Krell, former Piccolo player of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Thorne has also studied privately with Anne Diener Zentner, former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He received his Master of Music from Michigan State University, where he was part of the Halyburton Wind Quintet in residence at the College of Music.
Since joining the faculty of the Bienen School of Music, Mr. Thorne has appeared as soloist with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Joel Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius. This performance was webcast live and is archived on the Pick-Staiger, Davee Video Library. Last season, he performed Bach’s b minor Suite with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Thorne has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony on numerous occasions, performing concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi. As part of a concert featuring the Associate Principal winds of the Houston Symphony, he performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. Most recently, he appeared with the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Halil.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Thorne performs frequently with the Chicago Philharmonic as principal flutist. He is also a substitute flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Thorne has performed with the Bach Week Festival in Chicago, the Chicago Wind Quintet, the Civitas Ensemble, Da Camera of Houston, Dempster Street Pro Musica, the Florida Wind Quintet, the Greenbriar Consortium (organized by Houston Symphony members), MusicNOW (the contemporary music series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Texas Music Festival, and the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern campus. He has been a frequent recitalist in the Houston area, performing with Scott Holshouser, Principal Keyboardist of the Houston Symphony. They have performed recitals at Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall, the University of Houston’s Moore’s Opera House, and as part of the chamber music series at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston.
Mr. Thorne has given masterclasses and recitals for the ARIA International Summer Academy, Austin Flute Club, Boston Flute Academy, Boston University, Dana Flute Festival, Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, Houston Flute Club, The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas Flute Festival, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. He has also served on juries for The National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, the Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition, the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, and this year will be a judge for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
During the summers, Mr. Thorne is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, performing both orchestral as well as chamber music concerts. Mr. Thorne also teaches each summer at the ARIA International Summer Academy at Mt. Holyoke College. In Houston, he has been a member of the Texas Music Festival faculty and has performed as part of their concert series at the University of Houston and at Texas A&M University in College Station.
For more information, visit the web site for The Flute Studio of Northwestern University.