VIRGINIA BROFFITT KUNZER
THE FLUTE STUDIO at AU
The Flute Studio at Auburn University provides flute students with a comprehensive education to ensure that graduates have the necessary tools to succeed in an evolving music industry. The flute studio is a supportive yet challenging learning environment where students are pushed to consistently improve with the support and encouragement of fellow students and faculty. It is a comprehensive program, placing emphasis on performance, pedagogy, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, piccolo, and career development.
The AU Music Department boasts a dynamic group of faculty who provide personal attention and quality training to our students. The university is focused on investing in and supporting the performing arts units. We are thrilled to announce the opening of a new performing arts center, the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, which opened in the fall of 2019. (Click here for more information.)
Dr. Broffitt Kunzer believes that students reach their maximum potential with a mutual effort between the student and teacher and she takes pride in sharing this experience with the talented flutists at AU. Dr. Broffitt's flute students have performed at international conferences and other major venues and have also placed in regional and national competitions.
Stay in touch with us via social media: @auflutes
Information for Future Students
The program offers scholarships that are awarded through an application and audition process. The Music Department offers the following degree programs:
Bachelor of Music Performance
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Arts
Minor in Music
Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer would be happy to speak with you about the flute studio. Please feel free to send an email (VBK@auburn.edu) if you would like to set up a lesson or if you have additional questions about the program.
What members of the flute studio can expect:
As a member of the flute studio, you will receive at least five hours of instruction with Dr. Broffitt Kunzer each week. All flute students in the studio will receive a private lesson and attend flute studio class, and flute chamber music each week.
Musically, lessons and classes focus on tone, artistry, intonation, technique, practice strategies, and performance. Students are taught in a way that encourages the development of self-motivation, critical thinking, resilience, and independence; some of the most valuable skills music students can acquire.
Studio classes consist of performance masterclasses, technique and pedagogy classes, and orchestral excerpt classes. Through these seminars, students are exposed to various teaching techniques, flute methods, and orchestral audition material. Additionally, the studio places an emphasis on performance preparation, performance anxiety, memorization, professional etiquette, and career development.
Solo, chamber, and large ensemble opportunities provide ample performance experience for all students. These performance opportunities are necessary to grow as musicians. Our studio members also actively seek opportunities to attend national and regional workshops and masterclasses to gain exposure to some of the world’s greatest performers and teachers.
Additionally, the flute studio hosts guest residencies by world-renowned teachers and performers on a regular basis. The guest artist activities range from giving traditional recitals and performance masterclasses to giving seminars about career options for musicians, efficient practice techniques, and Alexander Technique. This broad spectrum of topics gives the members of the studio a well-rounded experience.
SEE THE FLUTE STUDIO STUDENT SUCCESS
The Auburn University Department of Music offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
BM in Performance
BM in Music Education
BA in Music
Please click here for more detailed information about each degree program.
If you are interested in pursuing a music degree at AU, please follow these steps:
1. Contact Dr. Broffitt (VBK@auburn.edu)
2. Apply to the university here
3. Apply to the Music Department here
4. Research scholarship opportunities here
5. Research audition information here
Students auditioning for an undergraduate degree should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and will be expected to play major scales. You should choose repertoire that showcases both your technical and musical ability. Possible examples of repertoire include (but are not limited to):
- A movement from a Mozart Concerto (G major or D major)
-A movement from a Bach Sonata
-A piece from the “French Composers” book
-A movement from a major sonata or concerto (i.e. Poulenc, Nielsen, Prokofiev, etc.)
-An appropriate etude (Andersen Op. 30, 33, 15, Paganini, etc.)
-All-State audition repertoire
Department of Music
101 Goodwin Music Building
Auburn, Alabama 36849
All prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus prior to an audition. A visit can include a campus tour, visiting music classes, viewing rehearsals, and meeting current students and faculty. All flutists who schedule a campus visit are encouraged to take a lesson with Dr. Broffitt.
To schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Broffitt (VBK@auburn.edu) and schedule a formal campus tour here.
Dr. Broffitt's Flute Studio Student Success
Winner, National Flute Association Master Class Competition
Winner, National Flute Association Piccolo Master Class Competition
Winner, Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Competition
Winner, Texas Flute Society Master Class Competition
Winner, Florida Flute Association Master Class Competition
Winner, Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Winner, Western Illinois University Concerto Competition
Winner, National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition
Winner, Oklahoma Flute Society Master Class Competition
Winner, Ladies Music Club of OKC Woodwind Division
Runner-up, Ladies Music Club Competition
Finalist, Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition
Finalist, Claire Johnson Flute Soloist Competition
Semifinalist, National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition
Alternate, National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition
Alternate, National Flute Association Master Class Competition
Honorable Mention, MTNA Woodwind Chamber Music Competition, State Level
SUMMER FESTIVAL ACCEPTANCES
Hot Springs Music Festival
Aria International Summer Academy
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute
Rocky Ridge Music Center
Texas Summer Flute Symposium
Peabody Summer Institute
The Consummate Flutist
The Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes
Sewanee Music Festival
GRADUATE SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES/SCHOLARSHIP & ASSISTANTSHIP OFFERS
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
University of Miami
Florida State University
University of North Texas
Southern Methodist University
University of Southern California
New England Conservatory
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Michigan State University
The Hartt School
Arizona State University
Texas Tech University
Texas Christian University
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Oregon
University of Northern Iowa
University of Alabama
University of New Mexico