As an accomplished arranger and composer, Michele McGovern is a classical flutist who has been much more than just your average orchestra member. Her talents have been showcased in a variety of ways. Most people will recognize her from her days as a classical flutist for a variety of orchestras. However, her latest achievements are not for her orchestral performances, but for the extraordinary videos she has created over the past few years and her current website, The Flute Room.
Although she has received many accolades for her classical flutist performances, she has also produced and performed in several award-winning music videos. Her experiences have helped her develop the ability to play, compose and arrange a variety of music genres, which is illustrated within her music videos. Listeners are shocked to find Ms. McGovern incorporating jazz, rock, swing and Latin influences within her newly-released original pieces. Her recent videos demonstrate her versatility in a way that no other forum could. The Flute Room showcases her award-winning music videos.
Michele is a classical flutist with an impressive background. She completed both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Music Performance at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University on full scholarships. It was during her final years of college where she was encouraged by one of the musicians who visited the college, Ms. Melody Lord, to enter as many competitions as possible. She took her advice and subsequently, won many first-place awards. In addition, she won the coveted Farwell Award for musical excellence on two separate occasions. You can read more about Michele McGovern's background in her bio section via The Flute Room.
Over time, Ms. McGovern began to be recognized for classical flutist talents. This led to her ability to study with some of the world's most renowned musicians, such as Jean Berkenstock (former principal Lyric Opera Orchestra), Alexander Murray (former principal London Symphony), Donald Peck (former principal Chicago Symphony), and Mary Stolper (principle Grant Park Symphony). Ironically, her success also led her back to Melody Lord (revered teacher, accompanist and arranger). Soon afterward, Ms. Lord and Michele began a composing partnership that would last 12 years. The Flute Room honors this relationship.
During their time working together, they completed an arrangement of "Carmen" for piano and flute, which they later performed at Carnegie Hall at the Weil Recital Hall. Michele's career outlined by the Flute Room, also directed her into the realm of soloist for a variety of famous orchestras and directors. This classical flutist went to Russia in 2001 after receiving an invitation to record with Saint Petersburg Camerata. Another pinnacle of Ms. McGovern's career was her 15-year role as principal flute with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra.
Her career as a classical flutist began to mutate into more of a crossover classical musician after the death of Ms. Lord. Today, she is busier than ever working on new music and creating award-winning videos for YouTube. In addition to her live performances on television and her YouTube career, she is also working on a much-anticipated production entitled, "Lady Vadula." This production will incorporate original flute music, dance, acting, acrobatics, singing and more to create a magical world for audiences to discover. The first act was recently performed before a live audience with rave reviews. The full production is now in the works with a show date soon to be announced on this site. Stay tuned to The Flute Room to find out more about Michele's upcoming performances and events as a classical flutist.