MTSU’s Flute Festival features guest artist Mary S...

MTSU’s Flute Festival features guest artist Mary Stolper

The 14th annual MTSU Flute Festival, featuring guest artist Mary Stolper, principal flutist of the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque and the Chicago Opera Theater, will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in the university’s Wright Music Building.

Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 22. Stolper and MTSU faculty pianist Lillian Pearson will present a public recital at 1 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside the Wright building, and Stolper will then present a master class for festival participants at 2:15 p.m.

Mary Stolper

Admission for the MTSU Flute Festival is $20 for early registration or $25 at the door for participating flutists. Members of the public may register as guests for one or all of the public concerts and competitions for a $5-per-person charge.

The day’s events include an 8:30 a.m. opening session in Hinton Hall. Flute exhibits featuring manufacturers, flute products and flute repair will open at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the High School Solo Competition, Junior Solo Competition and Orchestral Excerpts Competition will begin.

The festival will conclude with a 4:15 p.m. final concert featuring the winners of the high school and junior competitions, members of the Festival Flute choir and more.

Stolper is a frequent soloist and chamber music performer who has made guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe. Her performance credits also include work with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Recital Series, University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, “Live from Studio One” WFMT radio broadcasts and the American and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras.

For more information about this year’s event, please visit the 2014 MTSU Flute Festival Web page at