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Meet the 2024 New Jersey
Flute Fair guest artist:

Linda Toote

Principal Flute, Boston Lyric Opera

Piccolo, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Senior Lecturer in Flute, Boston University
Associate Professor of Flute, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Linda Toote

A native of New York, Linda Toote is the Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera. A
regular 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. She has been invited to join the symphonies of
Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis Symphonies in recording and in Carnegie Hall
performances while on tour.
She has taken part in several European Festivals and Japan tours with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, and multiple domestic and international tours with the Boston
Pops Esplanade Orchestra, performing in world renowned venues. She performs with
Boston area groups such as the Boston Artists’ Ensemble, Collage New Music, the
Convergence Ensemble and the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society.
Ms. Toote is the full- time flute instructor of flute at Boston University’s College of Fine
Arts, and serves as its Woodwind Coordinator. During the summer months, she is the
Director of the Flute Workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. 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. She has given
masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Taiwan.
In addition to her work with the Tanglewood Institute Flute Workshop she continues a
more than decade long association with the ARIA International Academy. She has
been a member of the Brevard Music Center faculty in North Carolina, has served as
guest recitalist and clinician at the Northern California Flute Camp, the Berkshire High
Peaks Festival and has coached chamber music and masterclasses at the Boston
Symphony Tanglewood Music Center. She has for the past two years been the
Principal Flute of the Hamptons Music Festival.
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, San Diego, Orlando and Salt
Lake City. She has had the distinction and privilege of premiering two concerti and a
work for flute quintet composed by her Boston University colleague Martin Amlin at the
conventions held in Las Vegas in 2013, in San Diego in 2016 and in Salt Lake City in
2019. She is a frequent contributor to both the Flutist Quarterly and has been
interviewed by Flute Talk Magazine.
Her recordings include many symphonic works with the Atlanta and Milwaukee
Symphonies on the Telarc label and works of many genres, including Grammy winning
orchestral performances with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
Ms. Toote’s students hold positions in professional orchestras throughout the United
States, Canada and Taiwan. They have distinguished themselves as prize winners at
numerous competitions, including those at National Flute Association conventions and
at the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Competition held annually in Boston.
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.

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