To flutists everywhere,

There’s so much more music out there…

Her recordings include Spiritual Fantasy on the Albany label with organist Lucius Weathersby and Rhapsodies and Dances for Wind Quintet by Fred Onovwerosuoke, released in 2017 after a debut performance at the National Flute Association. Dr. Hymes holds BA, MM and DMA degrees in flute performance, music theory and arts administration from Principia College, Indiana University and Louisiana State University, respectively. Her principal flute teachers are Marie Jureit-Beamish, Jacques Zoon and Katherine Kemler. Dr. Hymes has served on the music faculties of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Jefferson College in Missouri, Louisiana State University and Arkansas State University where she served as Director of the Fowler Center. She currently teaches flute at Lindenwood University as well as at her private teaching studio. For more information on upcoming concerts, please visit the Intercultural Music Initiative’s website,

Dr. Wendy Hymes is known for her definitive interpretations of standard repertoire from the Baroque era to 20th-century composers as well as new music. A passionate advocate for intercultural music for flute, her solo CD, African Art Music for Flute, features music for flute by composers from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa which was also the subject of her doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University. Along with performing, she directs the Intercultural Music Initiative Chamber Players, a mixed ensemble dedicated to performing music by diverse composers and serves on the National Flute Association’s Pedagogy Committee. Abroad, she has enjoyed performing at the 50-years of independence celebration in Accra, Ghana in 2007, Africa Sings Festival in Lome, Togo, the Festival for African and African American Music, and the International Symposium Festival for New Intercultural Music at the University of London. In the US, Dr. Hymes has been a featured performer at numerous National Flute Association Conventions, as well as the IMI Chamber Players, Chamber Project St. Louis, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Winter Opera, the Union Avenue Opera, and with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

As her teacher and mentor in high school and at Principia College as an undergraduate music major, there was never a doubt in my mind of Dr. Wendy’s ability to succeed as a flutist and musician. Recognizing her extraordinary depth and beauty of tone early on, I’m thrilled to see how she has forged a unique path in the specialty areas of flute music by composers of African descent. Wendy is indeed a unique and passionate voice among today’s American flutists. 

Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish, Professor Emerita of Music at Principia College, and former Steward Harding-Mott Distinguished Professor of Music
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