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Esther Fredrickson Bio

Flutist Esther Fredrickson, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a versatile musician, equally at home in the symphony orchestra as in contemporary and chamber music settings. She received her formal musical training at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. 2009), the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, and the University of Oregon (M.M. 2012).

An experienced orchestral player, in 2019 Esther won the piccolo position with the Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX). She is also a tenured member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (TX), and appears regularly with the Santa Fe Symphony (NM) as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic (NM), Las Cruces Symphony (NM), and formerly the Eugene Symphony (OR).

Her work in contemporary music includes appearances with Chatter ABQ, and performances with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at Domaine Forget in Quebec (2013), and with Eighth Blackbird in the live-version premiere of Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City, with the composer (2009). In 2011 Esther was selected as a winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, with an adventurous program of Baroque and contemporary unaccompanied flute repertoire. In addition to receiving a cash prize, she participated in a week long concert tour throughout Washington state, and performed live on classical KING FM in Seattle.

A teacher herself, Esther has had diverse flute studios in Oregon and New Mexico, with students ages 8 to 64. She has taught at Hummingbird Music Camp, and as a guest flute clinician for various band programs in Albuquerque. At Oberlin, Esther had the honor of participating in the Oberlin Panama Project, a program that sends students to Panama to teach alongside instructors from Panama and Venezuela. She also interned at an El Sistema-inspired program in Elyria, Ohio, through an educational outreach initiative of CityMusic Cleveland.

Her principal teachers have been Molly Barth, Michel Debost, and Alexa Still, and she has played in masterclasses of distinguished flutists such as Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Trevor Wye and Luis Julio-Toro.

In her other life, Esther has undertaken an exciting range of side-jobs and projects, from living in a tiny house to working as a ranch hand in Colorado. She is currently the operations manager for Hanselmann Pottery, where she works part-time, and lives in the South Valley in an adobe home that was built by husband, Kenny, and herself. When she's not practicing, performing, teaching, working, or building something, she enjoys camping and exploring the Southwest with her dogs.