Professor of Flute and Performer
Dr. Angela Kinney McBrearty was appointed assistant professor of flute at Houghton College in 2008 where she also teaches classes in Instrumental Methods and Secondary Methods. As a performer, Dr. McBrearty plays in the AMA flute trio and the innovative Roan Trio which performs using multimedia and dance as part of the program. She also holds the position of instructor of flute at 171 Cedar Arts center in Corning, NY where she maintains a large flute studio from elementary age up through adults. Dr. McBrearty began the Crystal City Flute Choir in 2009.
Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton College, Dr. McBrearty was assistant professor of flute and music education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In this position, she served as supervisor of student teachers as well as taught classes in instrumental music education, flute choir, and curriculum development to graduate students. While at Mansfield, Dr. McBrearty began the Flutissimo flute event for high school students. This event was a masterclass and flute choir performance for the students in attendance. Dr. McBrearty was also adjunct professor of winds at Alfred University. Previously she was an instrumental music teacher in Roscoe, NY and in Newfield, NY where she taught high school band and choir.
Dr. McBrearty received her DMA in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her dissertation addressed flute pedagogy as it pertains to the beginner flute. Previously, she earned her MM in flute performance from Binghamton University and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Houghton College. Flute teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Georgetta Maiolo, and Lois Wilt. She has also performed for Thomas Nyfenger.
As a performer, Dr. McBrearty served as principal flute with the Williamsport Symphony orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She is also founder/conductor of the Crystal City Flute Choir which frequently performs in the Central New York region.
Dr. McBrearty has given workshops on flute technique and instrumental education at music education conferences in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Clinics have included the music learning theory, teaching improvisation in baroque flute solos, beginner flute technique, and building a flute choir in the high school. She also presented at the National Flute Association conference in Dallas Texas presenting on flute technique through the use of etudes. Articles published have appeared in Flute Talk and PMEA News.