James DeVoll, flute has performed on recitals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Recent projects have included concerts in Germany and collaboration with composer Steve Reich and conductor Ransom Wilson at Yale. He is principal flutist of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Additionally he has worked with several composers on the premiering of dozens of works with groups such as the American Composers Forum, the Contemporary Music Workshop, and New Music New Haven. James is on the faculty at Gustavus, where he teaches flute and directs the flute choir. As a teacher he was recently a clinician for the Minnesota All-State Band and has adjudicated many Solo and Ensemble Contests. He currently serves as Vice President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association.
James earned a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati–CCM and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma in flute performance from Yale. Additional studies were in France, where he obtained a diplôme from the Conservatoire Internationale d’Été in Nice. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota.
“James is an inspiring teacher. He knows when to push. He meets our student at her level and encourages her to explore a full range of options. He has a strong technical approach. He is also a great example as a performer and involved musician.” –MacPhail Parent