Dr. Paula Gudmundson, Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earning an Honorable Mention from the 2014 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition for her edition of Amancio Alcorta’s Gran Fantasia published by Jeanee Music. She was recently a guest artist at the International Flute Festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in October 2014 and is looking foward to traveling and performing in New Delhi, India in Spring 2016.
Most recently awarded a Community Partnership Grant for 2013-2014 from the Minnesota State Arts Board to record and promote her first full length CD titled Viva La Flauta! featuring music from Latin America. She was recipient of a 2011-2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board where she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in search of neglected early 20th century music. Through this research she presented programs throughout Minnesota and the Midwest featuring solo and collaborative works from Argentina. She was recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight.
Dr. Gudmundson has performed in masterclasses for flutists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Tadeu Cohelo, Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Jeffery Kahner, Jim Walker, and Baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken. In 2007 she was introduced to the Alexander Technique, studied by a variety of artists, focusing on the effective means of changing tension habits and improving coordination. This has contributed to her innovative and observant teaching style. Her Alexander study has included the Sweet Briar Alexander Institute in Lynchburg, VA and private study with Pedro Alcantara, Missy Vineyard, Lisa First and Tully Hall.
As an innovative and passionate educator she works with a variety of ability levels. Gudmundson has presented workshops for the College Music Society, Minnesota Music Education Association, Vocal Essence’s Witness Program, and masterclasses throughout the area.
Dr. Gudmundson completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota as a Berneking Fellow studying with Immanuel Davis. She completed a Master of Music at the University of North Texas and Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University. Her principal teachers include Immanuel Davis, Terri Sundberg, Ernestine Whitman and Adrianne Greenbaum.