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 principle teachers were Molly Barth, Michel Debost, and Alexa Still.
Esther plays with several symphony orchestras throughout New Mexico and Texas, and in 2019 she 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, and formerly the Eugene Symphony.
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 ages 8 to 64. She has taught at Hummingbird Music Camp, and as a guest flute clinician for various band programs in Albuquerque. 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.
When she’s not practicing, performing, or teaching, you’ll probably find Esther outside: gardening, on a tractor, or walking with her dogs on the ditch.