Esther is a professional flutist and flute teacher based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her formal musical training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. 2009), the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, and the University of Oregon (M.M. 2012). Her principal teachers were Molly Barth, Michel Debost, and Alexa Still.
Esther plays flute and piccolo with several symphony orchestras throughout New Mexico and Texas, and in 2019 joined the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She is a tenured member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and also appears regularly with the Santa Fe Symphony as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and formerly with the Eugene Symphony in Oregon.
Her work in contemporary music includes appearances with Chatter ABQ, performances with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at Domaine Forget in Quebec (2013), and with Eighth Blackbird in the live-version premiere of Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City with the composer (2009). In 2011 Esther was selected as a winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, with an adventurous program of Baroque and contemporary unaccompanied flute repertoire. In addition to receiving a cash prize, she participated in a week long concert tour throughout Washington state, and performed live on classical KING FM in Seattle.
Esther has had diverse flute studios in Oregon and New Mexico, with students of all ages. She has taught at Hummingbird Music Camp, and as a guest flute clinician for various band programs. At Oberlin, Esther had the honor of participating in the Oberlin Panama Project, a program that sends students to Panama to teach alongside instructors from Panama and Venezuela. She also interned at an El Sistema-inspired program in Elyria, Ohio, through an educational outreach initiative of CityMusic Cleveland. For the spring semester of 2021, she is serving as the professor of flute at New Mexico State University.
Aside from music, Esther’s interests include adobe architecture, her two dogs, and growing fruit. In 2020, Esther co-founded with her husband a small adobe construction company, Albuquerque Joinery.