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Last but not least, introducing Wild Pra


Dr. Daniela Volkovinsky is an accomplished flutist and educator currently based in Iowa City, IA. Daniela received her doctorate in flute performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she studied with Professor Nicole Esposito. Dr. Volkovinsky received her Master’s in Flute Performance from The State University of New York at Purchase where she studied with Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor and Bachelors in Flute Performance from Columbus State University where she studied with Dr. Andrée Martin. 

Dr. Volkovinsky's excitement for performance has led her to be a finalist in the 2020 Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, winner at the 2019 Oklahoma Flute Society Collegiate Competition, winner of the GA Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, and finalist in the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition. She was appointed substitute in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and she’s performed multiple principal roles with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus State University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She’s performed with the University of Iowa’s Center for New Music which emphasizes the performance and commission of new works and is a founding member of the Wild Prairie Winds woodwind quintet, a non-profit organization which has presented masterclasses and performances across various locations in the Midwest in order to bring awareness and appreciation for chamber music. The Wild Prairie Winds are passionate about education, community engagement, and the performance of diverse repertoire. They’ve been awarded grants from The City of Iowa City, The Community Foundation of Johnson County, were First Prize winners in the Gates of Hope International Festival Competition, presented a recital at the International Double Reed Society Conference, and have toured Iowa to bring chamber music to rural communities.

Along with Dr. Volkovinksy's performance experiences, she has cultivated a strong commitment to education and has been teaching privately for over 10 years. At the University of Iowa, Daniela was the flute studio teaching assistant and consistently maintained 10-12 students every semester. As part of her assistantship, she also taught a techniques course for aspiring music educators. In the 2019-20’ school year, Daniela coached chamber music at the University of Iowa and at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City. During her time at Columbus State University, Daniela worked at the Preparatory Division Program of the Schwob School of Music teaching kids of all ages and levels. She also spent five consecutive years working with a full flute section at the Forsyth Central High School band camp. 

In addition to her teaching and performing career, Dr. Volkovinsky is an advocate for gender equality and representation within all musical spheres which inspired her to write a dissertation titled An Annotated Catalog of Flute Music by Female Composers between 1988 and 2021. Her research aims to encourage the discovery of music by women, the performance of new music, and the diversification of the flute solo repertoire. This document is easily accessible on her website and includes useful information such as composer bios, hyperlinks, graded lists of repertoire, countries of origin, and more.

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