Senior Lecturer in Music, Flute
BM, Mannes College of Music; Yale University
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 404B
A native of New York, Linda Toote is the Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera. A frequent performer with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras as Principal Flute, Second Flute and Piccolo, she has also appeared as soloist with these groups on several occasions. She has held Principal Flute positions with the Tampa, Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Orchestras. Ongoing invitations from the Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis Symphonies have included recording and touring with these orchestras. She has been engaged by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for multiple tours of European festivals.
Ms. Toote is the full- time flute instructor of flute at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, is the Director of Woodwind Chamber Music and serves as the Woodwind Coordinator. Ms. Toote has collaborated with the Muir Quartet in a residency of the composer Joan Tower at Boston University and has performed as soloist with both the Boston University Wind Ensemble and with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra.
During the summer months she serves as the Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Flute Workshop, continues a decade long association with the ARIA International Academy and beginning this summer will join the faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. In addition to an invitation to serve as guest recitalist and clinician at the Northern California Flute Camp, she has coached chamber music and masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Ms. Toote held the position of Program Chair for the National Flute Association in 2009. This New York convention was attended by over 4,600 flutists and featured performances by flutists from over twenty-one countries. This was followed by a three- year term on the Association’s Board. She has made convention appearances as soloist, adjudicator and clinician at events in Dallas, Washington D.C., Albuquerque, Chicago, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Charlotte, Las Vegas and San Diego. She has had the distinction and privilege of premiering two concerti composed by her Boston University colleague Martin Amlin at the conventions held in Las Vegas in 2013 and in San Diego in 2016. She is a frequent contributor to both the Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk Magazine, and is now a member of its Editorial Board.
Her recordings include many symphonic works with the Atlanta and Miwaukee Symphonies on the Telarc label and works of many genres, including Grammy winning orchestral performances with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with John Wion, Ms. Toote was also a student of Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. Ms. Toote performs on a Braun piccolo and a Brannen silver flute with a Louis Lot headjoint dating from the nineteenth century.