Michelle Stockman is a flutist and piccolo player from New England who enjoys an active career in New York City. Praised for her sensitivity and versatility, she is principal flutist of LoftOpera and a freelancer with groups such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), and The Chelsea Symphony. Passionate about flute pedagogy and music education, she is a dedicated private instructor and previously served on faculty at The Fort Lee School of Music. In 2014, Michelle was awarded Second Prize in the New York Flute Club Competition. Michelle holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Mannes School of Music and The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, respectively. Her primary instructors were Judith Mendenhall, Janet Arms, Melissa Mielens, and Terry D’Errico.
Growing up in a rural area of the country, nature plays a very important role in Michelle’s life and serves as a constant source of inspiration. When she is not working, teaching, practicing, or rehearsing with one of the many ensembles she performs with, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors: hiking, skiing, swimming, and camping. She is honored to perform with The Chelsea Symphony this season in their musical effort to increase global climate and environmental literacy, and excited to present Isles of Shoals, which not only paints bucolic images through music but also brings her home.