Dr. Kristen Stoner, an active recitalist and masterclass teacher, is enjoying her sixteenth year as the flute professor at UF. She has performed as a soloist, a chamber musician, and an orchestra member across the United States, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MM and DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She studied flute with Karl Kraber, Bradley Garner, Jacqueline Hofto, and William Montgomery. She has performed in masterclasses for Julius Baker, Carol Wincenc, Randy Bowman, Jill Felber, Jim Walker, and others.
An active member of the Florida Flute Association, Dr. Stoner has served that organization as Chair of the Board, Program Chair, Vice-President, President, and Board Member. Currently, she is serving as Assistant Program Chair for the National Flute Association 2018 Convention in Orlando, and has served on several NFA committees and as a judge for multiple competitions. Dr. Stoner has performed at the NFA Conventions in Minneapolis (2017), San Diego (2016), Washington D.C. (2015), New Orleans (2013), Las Vegas (2012), Anaheim (2010), Albuquerque (2007), Pittsburgh (2006), San Diego (2005), Nashville (2004), Washington, D.C. (2002), Dallas (2001), and Atlanta (1999). Completing her fifteenth year as principal flutist of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, she has also served as principal of the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Stoner has performed in prestigious competitions around the country, including the NFA's Young Artist Competition, the Flute Talk Magazine Competition in Chicago, and the Myrna Brown Competition in Dallas. She has also performed in the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the Victoria Bach Festival.
In the summer of 2017, Dr. Stoner performed at the Christchurch Cathedral in Newcastle and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, both in Australia, as well as at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With Duo Anno 1647 (a flute and piano duo with Dr. Manabu Takasawa, piano, of the University of Rhode Island), she toured Europe in 2016, performing in Paris at the American Cathedral and in Dublin at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2015, Dr. Stoner completed a solo European tour, including recitals and masterclasses in Lucca, Italy; Paris, France; and London, England. She was also a featured performer at the College Music Society International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.
Intrigued by Latin American flute music, Dr. Stoner has done research on the flute music of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Her doctoral thesis on flute music of Brazil won the National Flute Association Thesis and Dissertation Competition in 2002. In 2003, she was invited to Chile to perform and give masterclasses at the Conservatorio Nacional in Santiago and at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. In 2005, she was invited to perform and teach at the XV Internacional Festival de Flautistas in Quito, Ecuador. In the summer of 2011, she performed at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao and taught a masterclass at the Conservatorio de Tatui, both in Brazil. She performed an invited solo recital and concerto at the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, in May of 2013.
Dr. Stoner is an advocate of new flute compositions by women composers, and she has performed many new compositions at ten major national and international music festivals since 2001, and on recitals across the globe. Her flute orchestra arrangement of Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie, published by Megido Press in 2004, has been performed countless times across the United States, including at multiple NFA Conventions. The University of Florida Flute Ensemble, which Dr. Stoner conducts, was a featured group at the NFA Conventions in 2006 and 2011.
Her latest CD, Colors for Solo Flute, was released by Memnon Arts in September of 2013. This album of unaccompanied flute compositions by American composers has received glowing reviews from the National Flute Association's periodical, The Flutist Quarterly. Images for Solo Flute, Dr. Stoner's debut solo CD, was released on the Meyer Media label in 2010 and was positively reviewed by the Flutist Quarterly (NFA) and Flute Talk Magazine. The CD includes music by Katherine Hoover, Shulamit Ran, Shafer Mahoney, Claude Debussy, Arthur Honegger, Victoria Bond, Ivana Loudova, Kristen Stoner, Cesar Vivanco Sanchez, Eugene Bozza, and Libby Larsen. Five of the works are world premiere recordings. Please visit http://kristenstoner.com for more information.