Linda Pereksta, Flute
Linda Pereksta, Assistant Professor of Music, teaches Flute, Aural Skills and Chamber Music at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and holds the position of Piccolo with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming here, she taught at The University of Mississippi and Tulane University, and had been a member of the Arkansas, Tupelo, and Memphis Symphony Orchestras. During her time as a tenured member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, she performed in the orchestra’s 2005 joint concert with the New York Philharmonic, playing under the batons of James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin and Lorin Maazel. She can be heard with the two orchestras on the Nonesuch CD, “Our New Orleans,” accompanying Randy Newman.
An accomplished performer on historical flutes, Dr. Pereksta serves on the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee and is Editor of TRAVERSO, a quarterly historical flutes newsletter. She has performed at numerous NFA conventions and regional flute festivals, and has written articles for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk. She was twice a major prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, and her doctoral treatise, “Twentieth-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of its Graduate Research Competition. She has performed on Baroque flute and recorder with such groups as Ensemble Musical Offering, the Spire Chamber Ensemble, Madison Bach Musicians, Belle Meade Baroque, Tallahassee Bach Parley and Baroque Southeast.
Dr. Pereksta holds degrees from The University of Iowa, The Peabody Conservatory of Music and Florida State University (where she won a Doctoral Fellowship). Her primary flute teachers included Betty Bang Mather, Charles DeLaney and Robert Willoughby, and she has had additional Baroque flute studies with Colin St. Martin, Christopher Krueger, Claire Guimond and Rachel Brown.