FLUTE Member Of The Week
September 27 to October 3, 1999
Tammy Sue Kirk, a piccolo specialist, is a graduate student in Music History and Literature, and Flute Performance and Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL where she studies flute with Suzanne Lord. She received a Master of Music degree in Piccolo Performance and Pedagogy from Webster University and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from DePauw University. Her instructors have included Jan Gippo, Anne Reynolds, Theodore Paschedag, and Dr. T. Jervis Underwood. Ms. Kirk has played with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, Webster University Orchestra, Greencastle Chamber Orchestra, Musical Diversions Society Chamber Orchestra, SIU-C Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Wind Symphony, and as a substitute with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

She was a winner of the National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass Competition in 1998, performing the first movement of the Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra by Lowell Liebermann for Zart Dombourian-Eby. Tammy has also performed in masterclasses with Walfrid Kujala, Michel Debost, and Charles DeLaney. She was chosen as piccoloist for the Illinois Intercollegiate Honors Wind Ensemble in 1997, the Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra in 1992, and the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She has performed as piccolo soloist with the Flute Society of St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, Musical Diversions Society Chamber Orchestra and with the SIU-C Wind Ensemble, as well as numerous solo performances with the Southern Illinois Concert Band. Ms. Kirk is a Co-founder and Past President of the Southern Illinois Flute Society. She is also President of the Flute Society of Saint Louis and Assistant to the Chair of the National Flute Association Piccolo Committee. Tammy has also written articles for the Letís Talk Picc column of Flute Talk Magazine, with the primary focus on repertoire for the piccolo. Her handbook.on Piccolo Repertoire will be published later in 2000.

A pet aficionado, one of Tammyís favorite pastimes is playing with and caring for her many pets which include hamsters, parakeets, canaries, a tree frog (which hates high notes on piccolo, displaying its dismay by croaking loudly), anoles, day geckos, a leopard gecko, a 4 1/2 foot long iguana, 16 freshwater and saltwater fish tanks, a cockatiel named Opus that loves to sit on her piccolo while she practices, and her baby girl Mitzi, a 5 pound yorkie that loves to listen to flute and piccolo and can even howl in tune with many sustained notes.

Tammyís other favorite pastime is playing in pit orchestras, both professionally and for community theaters. She has played for many musicals and operas including Meet Me in St. Louis; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Funny Girl; Shenandoah; Fiddler on the Roof; Man of La Mancha; A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Assassins; My Fair Lady; Don Giovanni; The Marriage of Figaro; Romeo and Juliet; Big River; Annie; Gigi; Oklahoma; Camelot; Pajama Game; Sound of Music; Drood; Annie Get Your Gun; Most Happy Fella; The Nutcracker; The Music Man; Into the Woods; and Lilí Abner.

Originally from Herrin, IL, Tammy currently resides in both Herrin and in Saint Louis, MO. Tammy has a private music studio at Paschedag Music House in West Frankfort, IL where she teaches budding piccoloists and flutists of all ages. She also gives masterclasses and clinics at high schools and for flute society events.

Tammy Sue Kirk

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