Celine Thackston, Flute & Artistic Director
Flutist Celine Thackston is a versatile musician, delivering expressive, sensitive performances that blur the traditional boundaries of classical music. She completed her doctorate in flute from the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and studied with Molly Barth, founding flutist of eighth blackbird. She has performed often with a wide array of ensembles from traditional to the avant-garde, including the New York New Music Ensemble, Pocket Opera Players, Opera Theater Oregon, Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Classical Revolution, Filmusik, and Salem Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has a special interest in creating musical experiences that emphasize the accessibility and vitality of both contemporary and traditional classical music. Celine received her master’s degree in flute performance from New York University as a student of revolutionary flutist Robert Dick. Celine has served on the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University and Fisk University. In addition to her expertise as a flutist, Celine has experience in arts and nonprofit management. She currently works as a grant-writing consultant, and regularly supports arts organizations and individual artists across the country.