Jan Angus, (flute, piccolo, Pathways Flute Choir, Flute Technique Class) is an Instructor at the Eastman Community Music School and has received the Eastman School’s Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching. She began her association with Eastman in 1997 when she was brought on board to teach flute students in the new Eastman Pathways program. She was Coordinator of Pathways from 2000 through June of 2018 and developed it into the multifaceted award winning program it is today. Pathways received the 2015 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award. Jan started teaching young flutists while in high school and over the years has worked with a plethora of students of all ages and abilities. Prior to Eastman, she was on the faculties of SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College and SUNY Geneseo.
A champion of music education, she has presented dozens of school programs on the universal language of music with Filigree, a flute and harp duo with RPO Principal Harpist, Grace Wong. For many years, Jan was an Artist in Residence for the Rochester City School District presenting a series of 6 sequential programs to 4th and 5th graders, preparing them for their trip to the Eastman Theatre to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jan was Third Flute and Piccolo of the RPO flute section for 35 years and was called upon to also play principal and alto flute as well as specialties like fife, penny whistle, baroque flute and ocarina. She was featured as a soloist with the orchestra on both piccolo and baroque flute. Jan has performed with the Syracuse Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Chatauqua Symphony and was Principal Flute of the Redlands Bowl Symphony, and Second Flute in the inaugural season of the Filharmonica des las Americas in Mexico City, and of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. While playing one of over 200 performances of the Nutcracker Ballet, Jan was inspired to develop her ECMS Flute Technique Class in order to help aspiring flutists gain the technical facility needed to perform difficult repertoire.
She holds music degrees from UCLA (BA) and the Eastman School of Music (MM). Her primary flute teachers include Joseph Mariano, George Drexler and she studied piccolo with John Krell and Walfrid Kujala. Her UCLA woodwind quintet won the Kibert Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
Jan served as Assistant Program Chair for the National Flute Association’s annual 4 day convention in Washington D.C. August, 2015. She was a founding member of the Rochester Flute Association and has served as Treasurer, Membership and Member at Large. Jan enjoys collecting and playing ethnic flutes from around the world as well as historical transverse flutes.