Dr. Deanna Little

Professor

Dr. Deanna Little
615-898-2473
Room 109, Saunders Fine Arts Building (SFA)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • DM, Indiana University (2006)
  • MM, Indiana University (1995)
  • BM, University of Northern Iowa (1991)

Areas of Expertise

Flute

Biography

  • Dr. 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 and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.  Her primary instructors include James Scott, Kate Lukas, Peter Lloyd, Trevor Wye and Angeleita Floyd. &nbsp...
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  • Dr. 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 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, pedagogy and directs the MTSU Flute Choir.  She received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2017-2018.

  • As an active performer, Little is a member of MTSQ (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon) as well as the MTSU Faculty group the Stones River Chamber Players.  She has performed with the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Symphony, the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony (AL), Orchestra Kentucky, 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 has served the NFA as coordinator of the Collegiate Flute Choir Competition from 2016-2020, was 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.


    Deanna Little is an Altus Artist, and has released two solo CD’s “Inspirations From Tennessee/The Dolly Project” (2019) and “Diamonds Uncovered" with pianist, Jerome Reed (July 2009).

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