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  • Courtney Wise

    Courtney Wise is a Peninsula-based San Francisco Bay Area freelance flute player and teacher. She holds a Bachelors of Music from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music where she studied with Gary Woodward of the LA Opera, and a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony. She has performed in the master classes of Susan Milan, Jim Walker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Joshua Smith, and Jonathan Keeble. Courtney has studied traditional classical music as well as contemporary music, Latin music, and jazz. She is a co-founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Bohème with Guitarist Lyle Sheffler which boasts a wide repertoire of varying genres of flute and guitar music from around the globe. The duo released their debut album, Senza Misura, in November 2014 to glowing acclaim. A proponent of contemporary works, she has participated in the premieres of many new works, including that of After the Flood, a piece written for her by composer Noah Luna in 2009 and Rasputin written for Duo Bohème by composer Grant Ferris in 2015. As a freelance musician Courtney enjoys an active and varied performance schedule as a member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. In addition to performing, Courtney enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for music with her students. Her greatest pleasure is to watch her students progress. Her goal is to instill in her students a lifelong interest in music, encourage and support their learning, and provide them with performance opportunities so that they may shine. Courtney is currently a member of the woodwind faculty at St. Cecilia School in San Francisco, and a private instructor at Inspire Music School in San Francisco and Scherzo Music Studio in San Mateo. She strongly believes that music has the power to build kids' confidence, cultivate their self- discipline, give them a unique means of expression, and help them find their place in the world.