Chicago New Wave Flutist
The Chicago New Wave flutist that is turning heads is Michele McGovern. Michele is a graduate from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with a bachelor and master's degree in musical performance, which she completed on a full scholarship. This classical crossover Chicago New Wave flutist has studied with a number of the most talented musicians in the world, including Jean Berkenstock (former principal Lyric Opera Orchestra), Alexander Murray (former principal London Symphony), Donald Peck (former principal Chicago Symphony), Mary Stolper (principle Grant Park Symphony), and was also a piano student of Melody Lord.
Melody Lord encouraged Michele to follow her dreams to become a classical flutist, which she did with easy winning 1st place in every competition and receiving the coveted Farwell Award not just once, but two times. This Chicago New Wave flutist made a name for herself in the classical music realm as the Principle Flutist for the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra for over 15 years. She was also invited to be a soloist with a number of highly acclaimed orchestras and symphonies, including Mozart's D Major Concerto, Mozart's Andante, Vivaldi's Il Gardellino Concerto, Vivaldi's La Notte Concerto, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for two flutes and violin, Lukas Foss' "For Toru", and the Saint Petersburg Camerata in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She also performed with The Nutcracker Ballet and Chicago Sinfonietta. Her biggest career moment happened when she and partner for 12 years Melody Lord, where invited to play their flute and piano arrangements of Carmen at New York City's Carnegie Hall in the Weil recital hall. The untimely death of Ms. Lord left Michele heartbroken. Her first foray into the world of YouTube started with a tribute video or short film entitled "Moonlight," which featured the arrangement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (Mvt. #1) that the two women had created. The success of this tribute piece provided this Chicago New Wave flutist musician the push to go into a crossover classical genre with her music that would include New Age, New Wave, Pop, Rock, Folk, and Classical in an entirely new format.
Her career as a Chicago New Wave flutist has been a tremendous success with the release of several more videos that have received accolades of their own. Ms. McGovern video entitled "Pavane" received numerous awards. The Chicago New Wave flutist has several original pieces available that you may hear or watch on this site or through her YouTube or Vimeo channels.
Today, Michele McGovern is pushing the classical crossover movement into a new format, which would be considered performance art. She is just about to stage an original performance art piece "Lady Vadula," which will include her as a Chicago New Wave flutist, along with an array of actors, musicians, dancers, and acrobats for a truly remarkable experience. There is a lot to hear, learn, watch, and see on this website regarding the Chicago New Wave flutist musician, Michele McGovern. We invite you to peruse the Flute Room (www.fluteroom.com) to read the latest news and find performance dates.