Dr. Kyle Dzapo
Dr. Kyle Dzapo’s passion for music extends beyond her performances, even though she has achieved national and international acclaim as a flutist. In addition to serving as principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony, Dr. Dzapo has played at regional and national venues as well as twice at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, and at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium. Her CD, Joachim Andersen: Etudes and Salon Music, was released by Naxos in March 2010. Reviewers have praised her “elegant” performances, her “full, lovely tone and her expressive, masterful phrasing,” and the way “she executed dazzlingly complex lines with seeming ease.”
Dr. Dzapo combines her love of playing with her love of music history. In 1999, Greenwood Press published her Bio-Bibliography on Danish flutist/composer Joachim Andersen. She followed with seven articles in professional journals including The Flutist Quarterly (USA), Huilisti (Finland) and Pan (UK). These, along with her many lecture-recitals, have earned her distinction as international expert on the prominent musician. As such, she had edited and annotated two reissues of Andersen’s music by his original publisher, Zimmermann of Frankfurt, Germany, and was selected to write the article on Andersen for the Lexikon der Flöte (Laaber, 2009).
Dr. Dzapo’s expertise extends to the nation’s top orchestras, serving as a pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 2005, she served as Program Chair for the National Flute Association convention in San Diego; she previously held positions as Secretary of the Association and Chair of the Research Committee. She is co-founder of the Illinois Flute Society.
After developing an interest in the flute in high school, the Ohio native graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She then earned a master’s degree in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. Dr. Dzapo has been a member of Bradley’s faculty since 1993. She has since been honored with the Samuel Rothberg Award for Professional Excellence and the Caterpillar New Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. In 2010, she was named a Caterpillar Professor of Music.