Francesca Arnone is a versatile flutist and piccoloist, equally at home in orchestral, solo, chamber music, and college teaching settings. Currently on faculty at University of South Florida and Tampa’s Patel Conservatory, she has taught at Boise State, West Virginia, Idaho State, and Baylor universities, in addition to north American and Italian summer festivals and camps.
Francesca has held orchestral positions in the US and abroad and is currently a member of the Palm Beach Opera and Opera Tampa orchestras, and also plays with orchestras around the state of Florida. A champion of new music and chamber music, she performs with ensembleNEWsrq, Amici Musicale, and the Excelsa Duo, and in 2016 was a chamber music collaborator at the NY Phil Biennial at National Sawdust. As a soloist on flute, alto flute, and piccolo, she performs concerti ranging from Bach to Chen Yi. Her flute alone and chamber music recordings on MSR and PARMA have met with critical acclaim.
A guest artist at flute festivals around the country, Dr. Arnone has been featured by the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, the International Flute Festival of Costa Rica, and the Flute Society of Spain. An avid traveler, she has performed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in such venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, and the Split Academy of Music in Croatia. She performs with the Superflutes International Flute Collective, a flute ensemble comprised of flute professors and orchestral flutists from around the world.
She grew up in Port Charlotte, Florida, and studied at Oberlin (BM), San Francisco Conservatory (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA), where her primary teachers included Robert Willoughby (Cleveland Orchestra), Timothy Day (San Francisco Symphony), Julia Bogorad-Kogan (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), and Christine Nield-Capote (Florida Philharmonic/Florida Grand Opera). Active in the National Flute Association, she has served as Program Chair (2018), Secretary/Executive Committee, Editorial Advisory Board, Archives and Oral History Chair, contributor, and reviewer. A featured artist in the 2019 Florida Flute Association’s annual convention, she serves on their Board of Directors.
Personal website: http://www.francescaarnone.com