Bio

Vanessa Gunter has been a performer and teacher for over 25 years. She holds a DMA in Flute Performance from SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

A native of Florida, Dr. Gunter has been a featured performer at the National Flute Association Convention and performed as soloist with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra, and the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra. She has served as principal flute with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and as second flute with the Mobile Opera, Meridian Symphony and Sewanee Festival Orchestras. Dr. Gunter has also performed with the world-renowned Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, Atlanta Opera, Columbus Symphony (GA), the Mississippi Symphony, Mississippi Opera, and Natchez Opera Orchestras.As a chamber musician, she has performed on the Faculty Recital Series at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and as a member of Patti Adams and Friends in New Orleans.

Her principal teachers have included Samuel Baron, Sandra Church, Patti Adams, and Sharon Lebsack. Other coaches have included Geoffrey Gilbert, Ervin Monroe, and Clement Barone. She has also performed in the masterclasses of William Bennett, James Pellerite and Torkel Bye.

Dr. Gunter’s 25+ years of teaching experience have encompassed a wide range of age groups, from elementary age to adult. As a member of the faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, she taught piccolo, flute and music theory, in addition to coaching chamber ensembles. Her private students have consistently ranked among the top in state-level competitions.

Dr. Gunter currently resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and is accepting private students.