Flute Centre


Nicole Esposito

A charismatic and versatile flutist, Nicole Esposito is the flute professor at The University of Iowa. Acclaimed by Fanfare magazine as “an exceptional flutist in every way,” Esposito has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. She has performed at numerous events including ten National Flute Association Conventions in major cities across the United States, as well as regional conferences including the Oklahoma Flute Fair, Florida Flute Fair, Madison Flute Festival, West Virginia Flute Fling and the Iowa Flute Festival.

In addition to her teaching position at The University of Iowa, Professor Esposito has served on the faculties of the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, the All-State Program of the University of Michigan at Interlochen, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 2012, Professor Esposito held a two-week residency as guest faculty at the University of Michigan for the flute studio of Amy Porter. Sought after as a master class teacher, she has recently given master classes for the Young Musicians Foundation in Evanston, Wyoming, and at numerous universities all across the United States. Abroad, Esposito has given master classes at the National University and National Institute of Music Costa Rica, Milan Civic Music School, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Geneva Conservatory and in Brazil at the Escola Municipal de Musica, Faculdade Canteriera, and the Baccarelli Institute in São Paulo.  In 2011, she inaugurated as host, performer and teacher the Iowa Piccolo Intensive, a four- day advanced workshop for the piccolo at the University of Iowa.
As an orchestral musician, Esposito has performed under some of the world’s leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, and Robert Spano. Former principal flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Youngstown (OH) Symphony, and the Johnstown and Westmoreland (PA) Symphony Orchestras. Esposito has held the Piccolo Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and has also been Principal Flute of the Ohio Light Opera, with whom she can be heard on three recordings (Albany Records). She has participated in a number of other music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the National Orchestral Institute.
Professor Esposito holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.  She has been a finalist or prizewinner in several prestigious competitions including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist, Piccolo Artist, and Orchestral Competitions, the WAMSO Competition sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.  Additionally she has published articles on Banddirector.com, The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Focus and Flute Talk Magazines and has served as president of the Eastern Iowa Flute Association.  Her primary flute teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Amy Porter, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Connor, and Catherine Payne, with additional study with Mark Sparks, Alberto Almarza, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer.
Nicole Esposito performs on the 14k Miyazawa flute and the Hammig Piccolo.  Her album “Blue Solitude”, Latin American music for flute, viola, and guitar with the Alturas Duo, can be heard on the Con Brio Recordings label.