After a three-day audition process that included more than 100 qualified candidates, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has selected Linda Greene as the new second flute.
Greene served as temporary second flute during the BPO's 2013-14 season. She also has held positions with Syracuse Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Symphony Orchestra and Binghamton Symphony Orchestra.
Greene is an accomplished teacher. She has been on the faculty of Hamilton College since 1986 and was on the faculty of Oswego State College from 1993-98. Since 1979, she has maintained a private teaching studio in Central New York.
Greene earned her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. Her major teachers have included Harold Bennett of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and John Oberbrunner and Deborah Coble, both of Syracuse Symphony.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta last year. I've made a lot of friends in the orchestra and feel that I'm already part of the team," Greene said. "One of the things I love about playing second flute is being an inner voice, the 'glue' between the low and high voices, the intense listening and flexibility it requires. The BPO is a fabulous orchestra with inspired leadership in a vibrant, optimistic city. I'm thrilled to become a permanent member and move to Buffalo."
The BPO uses a blind audition process. Candidates perform behind a screen for a panel that includes BPO Music Director Falletta and orchestra musicians. After two days of screening candidates, the panel selected several finalists and listened to each of them a second time before making its selection. Only upon making a selection do panelists learn the identity of the person chosen.
"The entire panel was very pleased when it was revealed that we had selected Linda as our new second flute," Falletta said. "She made an extremely positive contribution to the orchestra last season, and I know she will be an excellent addition to our orchestra."
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