Amy Orsinger Whitehead, Second Flute
Are you a native Charlottean?
I grew up in Mercer, PA, but Charlotte most definitely feels like home after living and working here all these years.
What was your musical upbringing like?
I began playing the flute in school band in fourth grade, and though my parents are not musical, they provided everything I needed along the way; instruments, lessons, and loads of fantastic opportunities. They logged many, many miles driving me to lessons, youth orchestras, competitions, and music camps. I am so grateful to them for all of their sacrifices and their support!
Do you teach?
I love teaching and enjoy working with students of all ages. In my home studio, I teach middle and high school flutists, as well as adult flute students. I also teach flute at Davidson College, coach high school chamber music at
the Northwest School of the Arts, and work with the flute sections in various high schools in the area. In addition, I coach the woodwind section of the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte's Preparatory Orchestra.
Outside of your work with the Charlotte Symphony, where else do you perform?
I play as much chamber music as my schedule will allow. Most recently, I have performed with the Rhodora Winds (including CSO oboist Hollis Ulaky) and flute quartet Flute4 (including CSO flutist Erinn Frechette). I also play frequently with CSO colleagues and fellow PA gals, violinist Libby Pistolesi and cellist Deb Kauffman Mishoe, in our trio, the Laurel Trio.
If you weren’t a classical musician, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be a nutritionist!
What are some of your non-musical interests or hobbies?
During my non-flute time, I enjoy working out at the Y...and shopping!