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Greetings from the Flute Studio at South Dakota State University!

Flute Day

The Flute Studio at South Dakota State University offers so many opportunities for the college flutist, whether you are here as a music major or are studying another subject. As a flutist here, you will study performance and push your skills to an even higher level within a supportive, friendly environment. Our weekly master class is an opportunity to explore a variety of flute-related topics, such as healthy movement and posture, anatomy for flutists, intonation, famous flutists, new recordings, how to set up a private flute studio, and the various new music ideas I bring back from my frequent travels. Our annual Flute Day for middle and high school students brought over 80 flutists to our campus in 2017 for a day filled with workshops, flute choir, performances, an interactive Q&A session with current SDSU flutes, and lots of fun!

Recently we’ve had the opportunity to host a variety of fantastic visitors and performers to our campus, including James Galway.  These opportunities don’t exist everywhere, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them at South Dakota State University.

After your South Dakota State University education, you will be well-prepared, whether you plan to move on to classroom teaching, private teaching, graduate studies, or careers outside of music. No matter where your path takes you, your life will be enriched after your time in the Department of Music at SDSU.

Tammy Yonce

About Dr. Yonce

Tammy Evans Yonce, an Atlanta native, is a flutist, collaborative musician, writer, and professor. She is a dedicated new music performer who is particularly interested in the commissioning and teaching of new music. Dr. Yonce has commissioned over a dozen works involving flute, many with a specific focus on creating new music for the Glissando Headjoint.

Based in South Dakota and active internationally, Dr. Yonce has recently presented and performed at the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, Canadian Flute Association, and New Music Gathering conventions. She has also given performances at Flute Festival Mid-South, College Music Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Society of Kentucky, Austin Flute Society, Society of Composers, NACWPI, Electronic Music Midwest, and South Carolina Flute Festival conventions. She has given recitals and masterclasses extensively throughout the Midwest and Southeast and was guest artist at the 2015 New Voices Festival at Wichita State University and the 2017 Montana Flute Festival. Recent solo performances with South Dakota State University ensembles include Kennan’s Night Soliloquy, the Gordeli Concerto, and Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius. Her debut CD, which features works for flute as well as Glissando Headjoint, is scheduled to be released later this year.

As a writer, Dr. Yonce has had articles published in Flute Talk; Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society; The Flute View; and South Dakota Musician. She frequently contributes CD reviews to The Flute View.

Dr. Yonce is Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University, where she teaches applied flute, woodwind pedagogy, and courses in musicology. She recently designed and taught an interdisciplinary Honors colloquium, which explored music in connection with neurology, therapy, global studies, technology, politics, and the arts. A first-prize winner of the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, she holds degrees in flute performance from Kennesaw State University (BM), Indiana University (MM), and the University of Georgia (DMA).

Dr. Yonce has served as a judge for the Newly Published Music Competition and Collegiate Flute Choir Competition of the National Flute Association as well as of competitions of the British Flute Society and Flute Society of Kentucky. She currently serves on the New Music Advisory Committee of the National Flute Association and formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Flute Club. She recently gave a TEDx talk about collaboration, new music, and the Glissando Headjoint. Listen to Dr. Yonce here: https://soundcloud.com/tyonce-3


Flute students at South Dakota State University may participate and perform in the following ensembles:

Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band

SDSU Symphonic, Concert, and CommUniversity Bands

SDSU Civic Symphony

Flute Ensemble

For more information, including scholarship information, please email Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce or phone 605-688-6836.