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Deanna Little

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Dr. Deanna Little
Professor of Flute

Deanna LittleDr. Deanna Little, professor of flute at Middle Tennessee State University, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music degree in flute performance and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Her primary instructors include James Scott, Kate Lukas, Peter Lloyd, Trevor Wye, and Angeleita Floyd.As a professor at MTSU, Little currently teaches applied flute, classes in woodwind methods, literature and pedagogy and directs the MTSU Flute Choir.

As a writer/arranger she is the author of Daily Flutin', a daily warm-up and exercise book for flutists, and has arranged several works for flute ensemble.

As an active performer, Little is a member of the Stones River Chamber Players, the MTSU Faculty Wind Quartet and the F4 Winds Flute Quartet. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony ( AL), Sewanee Symhony Orchestra (TN), and Evansville Philharmonic (IN).

Little has won numerous awards for her flute playing. She was a two time winner in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition (1998, 1996) as well as the recipient of an award for best performance of a newly commissioned work at the 1996 convention. She was a winner in the 2007 Myrna Brown Competition in Texas and a 1998 semi-finalist in the New York Concert Artists Guild Competition.

She has performed as a soloist, master class clinician, chamber musician, and flute ensemble director throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Netherlands. She was also the 2004 local arrangements coordinator for the NFA Convention in Nashville, TN and is a past-president of the Mid-South Flute Society.

In addition to her teaching duties at MTSU, Little teaches on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and has also taught on the faculty at Drake University and the University of the South at Sewanee.


Newly Released Flute Choir Christmas Album: The Silver Sounds of Christmas Available here from CDBABY.COM

Listen to excerpts from Deanna R. Little's new Album:

Diamonds Uncovered (20th Century North American Flute and Piano Solos)
Deanna R. Little, flute; Jerome Reed, piano


Sonata for Flute and Piano (1997) by Samuel Zyman (b. 1956)

I. Allegro assai
II. Lento e molto expressivo
III. Presto

Sonata for Flute and Piano by David Diamond (1915-2005)

Allegro Scherzoso
Adagio Cantabile
Allegro moderato ma giocoso
("Hommage" to the critic who said: "too bad they did not play together in the last movement."

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945)
Allegro moderato
Andante cantabile
Allegro vivace

Sonata for Flute and Piano (1958) by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)
Moderately Fast, Gracefully
Moderately Slowly, Expressively
Joyfully, Fast

Sonata for Flute and Piano (1984) by Denis Bedard (b. 1950)
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo
III. Sarabande (Hommage a Satie)
IV. Allegro Molto

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