Dr. Abigail Walsh
Applied Music Specialist
Office: VPA 49
Phone: (217) 206-7549
Dr. Walsh’s Education:
- D.M.A in Flute Performance, The Hartt School
Doctoral Thesis: The Flute in American Twentieth Century Quintet Repertoire: A Practical Discussion of Excerpts from Works by Barber, Carter, Fine, Harbison, and Schuller
- M.M. in Flute Performance, The Hartt School
- B.M. in Flute Performance, The University of Iowa
More about Dr. Walsh:
A versatile and passionate performer and educator, Dr. Abigail Walsh joined the University of Illinois Springfield faculty in 2012. As Applied Music Specialist, she directs and coaches the Camerata chamber ensembles, coordinates instrumental instruction courses, directs the UIS Band and UIS Flute Choir, and teaches applied flute.
Prior to her Illinois positions, she held the Principal Flute position in Hartford Opera Theatre, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and the Oskaloosa Symphony. Dr. Walsh has also been a faculty member at the Hartt School, the Hartt School Community Division and the Ethel Walker School, as well as the flute teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She has been the flute faculty artist at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hartt High School Intensive Instrumental Workshop, and the Western Illinois University’s Summer Music Institute.
Praised for her radiant tone and inspiring teaching style, Abigail gives master classes and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly, particularly with UIS pianist Pei-I Wang in Music Wall Duo and the Central Illinois Woodwind Quintet. She has performed at four NFA conventions, the Wisconsin, Mid-Atlantic, Chicago and Iowa Flute Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids, Decatur and Taylorville Municipal Bands as well as with carious groups at the University of Iowa, the Hartt School, the University of Illinois Springfield, and through the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival. Abigail has been a prizewinner or finalist in the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition, the Washington Society Young Artist Competition, and the Emeritus Recording Competition.
Abigail holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford, the Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms and John Wion. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa while studying with Tamara Thweatt, Robert Dick and Tadeu Coelho. Other primary teachers include Betty Bang Mather and Margaret Linnan Kegel. To follow Dr. Walsh’s performance schedule, please visit her website.