Nashville-based flutist Celine Thackston is a versatile musician, delivering expressive, sensitive performances that blur the traditional boundaries of classical music. She is the founder and Artistic Director of chatterbird, a Nashville-based alt-classical chamber ensemble.
Celine has performed often with a wide array of ensembles from traditional to the avant-garde, including the New York New Music Ensemble, Pocket Opera Players, Opera Theater Oregon, Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Classical Revolution, Filmusik, and Salem Chamber Orchestra, among many others. She has a special interest in creating musical experiences that emphasize the accessibility and vitality of both contemporary and traditional classical music.
Celine recently completed her doctorate in flute performance from the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and studied with Molly Barth, founding flutist of eighth blackbird. She received her master’s degree in flute performance from New York University as a student of revolutionary flutist Robert Dick. She has since served on the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University and Fisk University, and has been a teaching artist and clinician for workshops around the United States. Hailed for her unconventional, fun approach to learning, she has maintained a competitive private studio since 2005.
“Flutist Celine Thackston’s breathless version of Ian Clarke’s exercise in extended techniques, “Zoom Tube,” would have impressed Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.” – Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch
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