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Emily J. Butterfield, D.M.A, is a professor of flute and head of the winds and percussion division in the School of Music at UCO. She also performs in the Enid Symphony Orchestra, Heavy Metal Chamber Ensemble and the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet.

Prior to her appointment at UCO, Butterfield served on the faculties of Muskingum College, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Morehead State University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She was also a coach, performer and administrator for Chamber Music Connection, Inc. and a founding member of Favorable Winds, a professional woodwind quintet based in Columbus, Ohio. As an orchestral musician, Butterfield has performed in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Ohio Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Newark-Granville Symphony, Lansing (MI) Symphony, and the New Sousa Band. She has also taught K-12 band, strings, classroom music and vocal music at school districts in Michigan, California and Minnesota.

Butterfield has appeared as a guest artist for various universities and flute festivals and has also performed at several national music conventions including those hosted by the National Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, College Music Society and the International Horn Society. She has served as an adjudicator for the National Flute Association (NFA), Oklahoma Flute Society, Central Ohio Flute Association, Upper Midwest Flute Association, MTNA and the Madison, Wisconsin Flute Festival. Butterfield has served on the board of the Oklahoma Flute Society in various capacities, including most recently as the Flute Fair Competition Chairperson. She was a member of the 2013 NFA Young Artist Competition Repertoire Committee and is past president of UCO’s Pi Kappa Lambda chapter.

In 2002, she placed third in the Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist Competition, won a 2004 NFA Convention Performer's Certificate, and in 2005, the NFA selected Butterfield's D.M.A. document, "The Professional Life and Pedagogy of Clement Barone," as a winner in its Doctoral and Dissertation Competition. Her writings have also appeared in "Flute Talk" and "The Flutist's Quarterly."

Butterfield received a Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education from Michigan State University, a Master of Music from Florida State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University. Her teachers include Katherine Borst Jones, William Bennett, Charles DeLaney, Clement Barone and Jack Wellbaum.

Classes Taught

Butterfield teaches Applied Flute, Piccolo, Flute Choir, Applied Baroque Flute, Applied Flute Pedagogy, Applied Flute Literature, Woodwind Techniques, Junior Degree Recital, Senior Degree Recital and Graduate Degree Recital.

Professional and Community Involvement

I enjoy working with flutists of all ages and abilities. Please contact me if you are interested in a sample lesson. Prospective students are particularly encouraged to have a sample lesson as I can assist you with your audition preparation.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Here is a link to my research on Clement Barone, who was a professional orchestral piccolo player in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for more than 25 years. This document includes an examination of piccolo playing and pedagogy, music performance, flute teaching, and the life of an American orchestral flutist, starting at about the 1940s. 

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