Flutist, Paula Gudmundson is Associate Professor of Flute. Debut recording titled, La Flauta of Buenos Aires, released in 2014 featured works for flute by Amancio Alcorta. Her edition of Gran Fantasia by Amancio Alcorta received an Honorable Mention from the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition in 2014. Awarded a Community Partnership Grant for 2013-2014 from the Minnesota State Arts Board to record works by Amancio Alcorta and Alberto Williams. Recipient of a 2011–2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for research of flute in Latin American art music, traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina in search of neglected early 20th century music. In 2012 she presented programs throughout the Midwest featuring solo and collaborative works from Argentina. She was awarded the Paul Revitt Award for Graduate Research from the College Music Society for; La Flauta of Buenos Aires through the Music of Amancio Alcorta at the College Music Society’s Great Plains Regional Conference and presented a lecture recital for the College Music Society’s International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. She has also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight: http://tinyurl.com/hvmfho5 Gudmundson has been invited to perform in recital at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA August 2016 and La Côte Flûte Festival in Gland, Switzerland October 2016.
Dr. Gudmundson is a practitioner of the Alexander Technique, which focuses on the effective means of changing tension habits and improving coordination. This has contributed to her innovative and observant teaching style. Her Alexander Technique study has included the Sweet Briar Alexander Institute in Lynchburg, VA and study with Pedro Alcantara, Missy Vineyard, Lisa First and Tully Hall. Dr. Gudmundson has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for Jeanne Baxtresser, Tadeu Cohelo, Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Jeffery Kahner, Jim Walker, and Baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken.
Dr. Gudmundson is a member of the College Music Society, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Composers Forum, Upper Midwest Association (UMFA) and National Flute Association (NFA). Dr. Gudmundson is a graduate of Lawrence University (B.M), University of North Texas (M.M), and University of Minnesota (DMA) as a Berneking Fellow. Her principal teachers include Immanuel Davis, Terri Sundberg, Ernestine Whitman and Adrianne Greenbaum.