Studio Overview

The Colorado State University Flute Studio is made up of a group of diverse musicians who study in undergraduate degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education and Music Performance and Graduate degrees in Music Performance. Students come from many Colorado high schools and from states far beyond the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Current students hail from all over Colorado, New England, Texas, and California. We are passionate about the flute and our flute studio.

The studio flutists enjoy a variety of performing experiences each semester including masterclasses with visiting artists, flute choir, orchestra, opera orchestra, bands, chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra. All of the flutists that major in music at CSU study with Dr. Stanley or Dr. Lanz for their entire training in our department.

Personal attention, a family atmosphere, a world class facility and a gorgeous campus make CSU Flute Studio the place to study!


Flute Choir

The CSU Flute Choir is made up of music majors and non-majors at CSU. The flute choir performed at the National Flute Convention in 2012 and 2017. Their performance of Colorado composers Bill Douglas, Mando Surita and Cherise Leiter was one of the featured college choirs, selected by audition by the NFA.

The choir performs on several concerts during the academic year.


  • Jupiter Bass Flute
  • Armstrong Alto Flute
  • Burkart Global piccolo (two)
  • Yamaha piccolo (wood)

Study With

Michelle Stanley

  • Professor of Music
  • Director, Arts Management at the LEAP Institute
  • Director



Megan Lanz

  • Instructor of Music
  • Flute

(720) 695-4287


Michelle Stanley’s 2018 album release on Navona Records


Flute student pictured playing during recital

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Application and Audition Process

Undergraduate audition (all degrees):

I. Auditions will consist of prepared repertoire, major scales with arpeggios, harmonic minor scales with arpeggios, and sight reading.

II. Prepare one (1) standard work for flute such as:

  • Bach: Sonatas (any)
  • Mozart: Concerto (G or D)
  • Any works from the book “Flute Music by French Composers” (ed. by L. Moyse)
  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Poulenc: Sonata

III. Prepare one (1) work of your choice. May be one movement from a selected piece.

Graduate Audition Process

Graduate Audition Repertoire

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Sight Reading
  • One Taffanel and Gaubert exercise of your choice
  • One (1) standard work for flute. Suggestions include: A work from the Flute Music by French Composers compilation (pub. Schirmer); Mozart - Concerto in G or D; J. S. Bach Sonata (any); Poulenc Sonata; Hindemith Sonata
  • Two orchestral excerpts of your choice. Standard excerpt repertoire can be chosen from Jeanne Baxtressor's excerpt book. Published by Presser.
  • One work that includes extended techniques

Alumni News

Rachelle Crowell (MM '15): is the 2015 winner of the Grand Junction Symphony concerto competition. She will perform the Gordeli flute concerto with the orchestra in January of 2016.

Sam Hood (BM '13): Sam will graduate in the Spring of 2015 from the University of Nebraska with his Master's degree and will head to Texas Tech to pursue his doctorate as the studio Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Sierra Hayden (MM '14): is currently teaching elementary music in Windsor, Colorado before preparing to pursue her Doctorate in 2016.

Amy Coup (BM '12): is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Megan O'Connor (BM '14): is the director of instrumental music at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, Colo.

Alina Osika (BM '14): is enrolled in the LEAP masters program at CSU and is a graduate teaching assistant in that program.

Jamie Wheelock (MM ’10): Jamie was on the music faculty of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. She is currently a music teacher in the Sterling school district. Aside from teaching, her work in contemporary flute techniques and music drives her creative process.

Rebecca Quillen (BM ’09): Rebecca is a much sought after private flute teacher in Fort Collins and is the mom to two active young boys.

Dawn Grapes (MM ’08): Dawn completed her PhD in Musicology at CU-Boulder and is on the faculty at CSU where she teaches a variety of music history courses to undergraduates and graduate students.


Martha Bender (MM ’12): Martha is currently teaching music in the Poudre School District where she directs choirs and bands.

Brittany Worley (BM ’11): Brittany is a band director in the Passiac public schools in Passaic, New Jersey.

Mando Surita (MM ’12): Mando is currently in the Artists Diploma program at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where he studies with Dr. Andrée Martin.

Brianne Little (MM ’12): Brianne is currently a DMA student at James Madison University in Virginia.

Guest Artists

Guest Artist and Poster Gallery