Audra Ziegel is a sought-after clinician, private flute instructor, and freelance performer from Baltimore, Maryland. Audra was invited to perform at consecutive National Flute Association (NFA) annual conventions in Salt Lake City and Orlando and was a winner of the 2018 NFA Convention Performers Competition. Recent engagements include lecturing as an invited Guest Artist at the 2020 University of Virginia Flute Forum, serving as the co-principal flutist of the 2019 and 2018 International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators (IFC3), a lecture at the 2019 Philadelphia Flute Fair, guest artist performances and masterclasses at Tennessee Tech University, East Tennessee State University, the University of Delaware, and Franklin and Marshall College, as well as multiple appearances as a featured guest soloist on the Towson University Faculty Chamber Music Recital Series. Audra formerly served as principal flutist of the Hunt Valley Symphony in Baltimore and the Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, Illinois, and has performed professionally with many other ensembles throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Illinois, including the Illinois Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Charm City Players, the Central Pennsylvania Oratorio Singers, the Yang Ying Band, the Concert Band of Central Illinois, and the Kankakee Valley Symphony. Audra is currently on the faculty of The Music Space in Towson, Maryland, St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md, and Music and Arts in Laurel, Md, and has adjudicated festivals such as the Maryland Senior and Junior All-State auditions, ILMEA Senior Honor Band auditions, and the Flute Society of Washington High School Flute Choir Competition.
Audra graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), earning a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance. She received her Master’s of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded a full graduate assistantship. Audra’s primary teachers include Jonathan Keeble, Bradley Garner, Jack Wellbaum, and Roger Martin. In addition to the 2018 NFA Convention Performers Competition, Audra has been a prize winner in several competitions including the 2017 Flute Society of Washington Masterclass Competition and second place at the 2004 and 2005 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She was also a quarterfinalist in the prestigious National Flute Association Young Artist Competition in 2009. Audra has performed in masterclasses for Amy Porter, Aaron Goldman, Eva Amsler, and Randy Bowman.
Audra maintains a thriving studio of private flute students who regularly receive the highest ratings at solo-ensemble contests, earn seats in state and regional honor bands, and are seated "first chair" in their school band and orchestra. Audra is also an accomplished oil painter and has displayed her paintings at galleries and festivals across Illinois and Maryland. Visit her art blog online at audraziegel.blogspot.com for more information.