Kyle Dzapo enjoys a diverse career as flutist, scholar, and teacher. She is Professor of Flute and Music History and Director of the Honors Program at Bradley University and has served as a pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony for the past 20 years.
Dr. Dzapo’s book, Notes for Flutists: A Guide to the Repertoire, was recently released by Oxford University Press. This volume, which provides contextual and analytical information about 35 of the best-known pieces in the repertoire, is the flagship book in Oxford’s “Notes for Performers” series for which she serves as Series Editor.
As the leading authority on Danish flutist, composer, and conductor Joachim Andersen, she has published a compact disc recording, Joachim Andersen: Etudes and Salon Music (Naxos); the book Joachim Andersen: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press); articles for journals of the American, British, French, Dutch, and Finnish flute associations and the encyclopedia, Lexikon der Flöte (Laaber); and new editions of Andersen’s music for his original publisher, Zimmermann Musikverlag.
Principal Flutist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra from 1993 until 2013, Dr. Dzapo performed as soloist in works by Bach, Ciardi, Ibert, Martin, Mozart, and Nielsen with reviews praising her “elegant” performances, her “full, lovely tone and expressive, masterful phrasing,” and the way “she executed dazzlingly complex lines with seeming ease.” She has presented recitals in London and Denmark, on live broadcasts for WFMT’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Sunday Afternoon Live,” and at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.
Bradley University has recognized Professor Dzapo’s work as teacher and scholar with awards including the Caterpillar New Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award. In 2010, she was honored with a Caterpillar Professorship, the University’s highest award. Dr. Dzapo earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan, the Master of Music degree with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory, and the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.