Praised early in her career by The Flutist Quarterly as "a rising star" and "a name to be remembered", Stephanie Rea began teaching flute at Murray State University in 2000. A recipient of the
university's Presidential Research Fellowship and the Teaching Innovation Faculty
Fellowship, she was granted a sabbatical to teach and research as Fulbright Senior
Scholar at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. She has
since served as a Peer Reviewer in the evaluation of Fulbright applicants in music.
Dr. Rea played second flute for four years in the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra while
earning a Bachelor of Music in flute performance (East Tennessee State University)
followed by a Master of Music in flute performance, a Master of Music in music theory, and a
Doctor of Music in flute performance (The Florida State University) one of few
students holding subsequent Teaching Assistantships in two different teaching areas.
During her training, she attended Brevard Music Center, the Talent Education Institute
(Matsumoto, Japan), and the Sunflower Music Festival.
Some performance highlights include appearances as a soloist and orchestral player at the
Rome Festival in Italy, the International Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru, as a featured soloist
on the Closing Concert of the National Flute Association, and as a chamber musician at the
Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico and the International Suzuki Conference in Japan.
She has taught master classes at every level from the youngest beginners in Suzuki
programs through doctoral-level university music programs such as the University of
Michigan and Arizona State University.
Named to the roster of the Kentucky Foundation for the Humanities, she has published
articles in Flute Talk, Flute Keys, Bluegrass Music News, written original compositions
available through Veritas Musica, and recorded an album, Solo French and American Flute
Music, on the Centaur Records label. For decades, she has served in administrative roles in
many professional music organizations, including service as President of the Mid-South
Flute Society; a member of the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee; Secretary,
Festival Program Chair, and Competition Coordinator of the Kentucky Flute Society; and
Regional Conference Host and member of the International Initiatives Committee of the
College Music Society.
Stephanie Rea regularly performs with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist
and chamber musician. She is proud to have a flute studio filled with diverse, talented, and
interesting students who support each other during their time at Murray State and in their
careers after graduation. She is married to trumpeter, Kurt Gorman, and has two kids. You can read her thoughts on balancing these things in an interview featured on The Flute Examiner.