Many of my friends, family, and even my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher, ask me, “how do you balance flute with children?” Of course, I give them my honest interpretation of how I am “handling” (more like juggling) it, and, in most cases, advice on how they can succeed at it as well. After answering this many times, I got the idea to create a blog about being a professional musician, a mother of three (in fewer than 4 years!), and how I’ve learned to create some pretty awesome meals on my less-than-professional stove. I want to help musician mothers succeed and live to their full potential. Yes, it’s significantly more difficult to practice and concentrate and, well, work while wiping tushies and being sleep deprived, but I’m here to say that it is possible. As Marcel Moyse and Trevor Wye would say, with time, patience, and intelligent work, you can make it happen.
Author: Donna M Wilson
I have been active as a freelance performer since 1992 and as a teacher since 1996. I currently serve as Second Flute with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic orchestra and have performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Winds, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Danville (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Chamber Singers Orchestra, and the United States Collegiate Wind Band’s European Tour, among other ensembles. I have also enjoyed performing for various occasions such as formal and charitable recitals as well as giving master classes at Butler University in Indianapolis and at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. I am also Adjunct Professor of Flute at Indiana Wesleyan University. I earned a Master of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England studying with Peter Lloyd and Laura Jellicoe. While in England, I played in charitable concerts for St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. I was featured as a soloist at the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall, England in addition to performing in the music festival’s orchestral and solo events. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Performance with Distinction at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where I studied principally with Kathryn Lukas. While at Indiana University, I also had the incredible opportunity to study for several weeks with Barbara Kallaur on baroque flute, Donald Peck, Thomas Robertello, and Kate Hill. I am lucky to be the mother of three beautiful and talented children, and I play on a wonderful David Straubinger 10K gold flute with 14K head joint. View All Posts