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Whitney O'Neal

Whitney Farris O’Neal, a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, joined the faculty of UNA as flute instructor in 2012.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with University Honors from Arkansas State University (2006) where she studied with Joe Bonner.  While attending ASU, O’Neal performed with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas State University Orchestra, and performed as a featured soloist with the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble.  She completed a Master of Music in Flute Performance (2009) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance with a secondary emphasis in Musicology (2012) from the University of Alabama, where she studied with Dr. Diane Boyd Schultz.  Performance credits include the Huxford Symphony Orchestra, UA Contemporary Ensemble, Starkville (MS) Symphony, and Shoals Symphony.  She was Instructor of Woodwinds at Stillman College (2010-2011) and served as Flute Instructor at Mississippi State University in the fall of 2010.  She was selected to perform in the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir in 2009, 2011, and 2012 at conventions in New York City, Charlotte, and Las Vegas, and has performed in masterclasses given by Mary Karen Clardy, Maxim Rubtsov, and Christine Earlander Beard.  Developed from their love of chamber music, the Delta Duo was founded by O’Neal and harpist Sarah Crocker in 2008. The duo can frequently be seen in concert, having recently performed in recital at Mississippi State University and as feature performers at the 2011 and 2012 Kentucky Flute Festivals.  In August 2011, the Delta Duo performed the Alabama premiere of Anne LeBaron’s Solar Music, and in April 2012 they performed at the prestigious Second Saturday at Two Concert Series at St. James Chapel in Chicago.  O’Neal was also selected as a winner in the Convention Performers Competition in August 2012 and performed on a recital of newly published music at the National Flute Association convention.
Whitney O'Neal