Founder, BFA Artistic Director, and Flute/Piccolo Faculty
Judy Grant is a professional flutist who has received national recognition for her teaching expertise. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Boston Flute Academy (BFA) where she teaches flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, coaches four flute ensembles, and runs a teacher training program. In addition, Ms Grant is the Flute Professor and Flute Ensemble Director at Boston College.
Ms Grant’s flute students are recruited every year by major music schools across the United States and abroad, such as Eastman, Juilliard, Curtis, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her students have performed in concert halls around the world, have been featured soloists on the NPR show “From the Top,” and have been named finalists of the annual National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition more than 12 times, including the First Prize Winner in 2010, Third Prize Winner in 2012, and Second Prize winner in 2014. Her Boston Flute Academy flute students have gone on to win principal positions with orchestras around the United States, including the current principal flutists of Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra of Boston, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony, Portsmouth Symphony, and current freelancers on piccolo and flute for Boston Ballet Orchestra and other professional Boston orchestras. Her BFA students have also gone on to win prizes world-wide, such as Kobe International Flute Competition 4th prize, Geneva International Music Competition special prize, Nielsen International Flute Competition final rounds, 1st prize in New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, 1st prize in the Byron Hester Flute Competition in Texas, and 1st prize and 3rd prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
Known for her problem-solving skills and her ability to uncover students’ true musical potential, she is in high demand as a teacher. Flutists travel to Boston from around New England and the nation to train with her. Ms. Grant’s high school & college flute students are regular winners of Boston area concerto competitions and have performed as concerto soloists in historic venues such as Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre, Tsai Performance Center, Gasson Hall, and Trinity Chapel. For the last 25 consecutive years, Ms. Grant’s flute students have won top positions in the leading youth orchestras of Boston, including BYS (Boston Youth Symphony), YPO (Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of NEC), Senior MYWE (Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble), RYO (Rivers Youth Orchestra), and MA All State Festivals. In 2019-2020, her students have won positions such as Principal Flute of the MA Eastern District Orchestra, Principal Flute of the MA Eastern District Band, and every seat in the BYSO Junior Repertory Orchestra flute section.
In addition to her work at BFA, Ms. Grant teaches flute performance to undergraduate and graduate music majors and non-majors in the Boston College Music Department, where she has been the only flute performance faculty member for 23 years. Her previous college appointments were as Lecturer in Music for the UMASS Boston Performing Arts Department, and as Adjunct Professor of Music at the Atlantic Union College/Thayer Conservatory. She has served on the flute faculties of the All Newton Music School, Brookline Music School, Winchester Community Music School, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and NEC School of Continuing Education. Over the course of her career, Ms. Grant has participated in pedagogical research studies, developed her own teaching methods by working with over a thousand students of all ages and levels, and has taught flutists from more than 20 countries.
In the Boston music community, Ms. Grant has served as President of the Greater Boston Flute Association, Local Chair for the National Flute Association Convention in Boston, member of the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition Board of Directors, adjudicator for the Pappoutsakis Competition Finals, and freelancer on flute and piccolo with Boston area orchestras. Ms. Grant was the Founding Manager and later Artistic Director of the Intensive Community Program, working with celebrated pedagogue Bonnie Black over the span of 10 years to provide classical music training to hundreds of children from Boston’s inner city and other underrepresented communities. During this time, Ms. Grant was interviewed for several TV shows, including Urban Update with Byron Barnett, Sunday with Liz Walker, and the Susan Warnick Show. The National Endowment for the Arts praised the high artistic quality and teaching methods of ICP, calling it a model music training program for underserved youth.
Ms. Grant received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she trained with Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist Leone Buyse. A native of North Carolina, Ms Grant studied with Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance while continuing her studies in applied mathematics. An accomplished performer, Ms. Grant is at home in a wide range of styles, from Baroque to Contemporary, and in a variety of settings, from concert hall to recording studio. She credits Leone Buyse with influencing her concepts of orchestral playing as well as the Baroque and Classical styles, and she credits Brooks de-Wetter Smith with influencing her concepts of solo performing, as well as the Romantic and Modern styles. Ms. Buyse also had a big impact on her piccolo proficiency, as Dr. Smith did with his excellent extended techniques training. Both of her legendary teachers, who studied with the combined likes of Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, James Pappoutsakis, and Joseph Mariano, opened her ears to a wide range of sound concepts and tonal colors. These skills are all being passed on to students at the BFA.
Ms. Grant’s years of professional music training, teaching experience, performing arts management, and community involvement have all come together in one place: at the Boston Flute Academy.
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