Dr. Erinn Frechette joined the Charlotte Symphony as Piccolo/Third Flute in June 2002. Previously she has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Sorg Opera Company Orchestra.
Solo appearances include several National Flute Association Conventions, Northwestern University's Tribute to Walfrid Kujala Concert, the Florida Flute Association's Annual Flute Fair and Convention, The Raleigh Area Flute Association, The South Carolina Flute Society, the Universities of Cincinnati, North Carolina, South Carolina, and North Georgia, among others.
As a chamber musician she has performed with Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Suzuki and Friends Chamber Music Series, Fresh Ink, the Charlotte New Music Festival, Providence Chamber Music Series, and Friends of Music Series. Erinn is also a member of Flute4, a quartet of flutists from the Carolinas.
In addition to her orchestral duties, she maintains an active teaching schedule, serving as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Wingate University and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte Flute Choir.
Erinn has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including first place in both the National Flute Association's Young Artist and Piccolo Artist Competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
For more information, please visit www.FrechetteFlute.com.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
First season with the Charlotte Symphony: 2002
Why did you select your instrument?
My mother, who is an instrumental music teacher, started me on both flute and violin. I preferred the flute.
What would most surprise people about you?
I am a wannabe particle physicist.
If you could meet one composer, who would it be and what would you ask him/her?
I would like to take Mozart to a great jazz concert and get his take on improvisation.
What’s your funniest/most compelling on-stage moment?
I routinely get goose bumps when performing Mahler.
Any pre-performance rituals?
Just show up and do my best.
Other than your instrument, what would we find in your instrument case?
A collection of adult-humor buttons and my cell phone charger.
What do you love most about being a professional musician?
I am working to keep the very best of artistic history alive, preserving an art form that is as almost as old as humanity.