Irene Pruzan
Flutist and Flute Instructor
Irene Pruzan is a flute teacher in Orlando, Florida who offers lessons in both flute and piccolo. Irene's Flute Studio students range from age 7 through adults. Irene loves working with students of all ages and levels with different personal goals and aspirations.
She has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. As a professional flutist she has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Since taking up residence in Florida she has served as a Board Member, Program Chair, Vice President, President, and Board Chair of the Florida Flute Association. She has taught at Osceola County School for the Arts, the University of Central Florida’s summer flute camps, and served a five year term as a member of the National Flute Association’s Pedagogy Committee. See the Resume page for more information.
Congratulations to the many students who received a superior at solo and ensemble and were selected to go to the state level. Also congratulations to students who won auditions to play in All-State, Orange and Osceola All-Counties, The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Florida Flute Association competitions. Check out the Student Accomplishments page for more information.
Highlights of the 2023 National Flute Convention
Over 3000 people gathered in Phoenix to celebrate the 51th anniversary of the National Flute Association August 2-6, 2023. There were so many events scheduled simultaneously that it was a challenge to decide what to attend. Some of the highlights included:
  • Hearing the winner of the Young Artists Competition David Silva.
  • A 300 year tour with 9 flutes listening and seeing the development of our instrument.
  • A virtual tour of Phoenix landmarks including the Music Instrument Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Talliesin West.
  • Enjoying tribute concerts including a performance for Jim Walker, who is retiring after teaching for many years at the University of Southern California, my Alma Mater.
  • Visiting a special exhibit of Native American flutes and hearing performances of Carlos Nakai (Native American flute), Deepak Ram (Bansuri flute from India), and Kodo Araki (Shakuhachi Japanese flute).
The 2024 Florida Flute Convention was held on January 26-28 in Orlando. Bart Feller, the featured guest artist of the weekend performed an incredible concert and presented exceptional masterclasses. He is Principal flutist of the New Jersey Symphony, the New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and teaches at Juilliard Prep and is a Professor of Flute at Rutgers University. Friday night soloists featured Angela Muller, Northern Florida music educator, conductor and performer and Marie Schwartz, Southern Florida flutist, conductor and composer. Highlights included:
  • Listening to winners of the High School Masterclass Competition, which included my student Sharanya Chatterjee performing Bozza’s Image for Marie Schwartz.
  • Enjoying the Advanced Masterclass taught by Bart Feller in which a former student, Alexa Huxhold, performed Martinu’s Sonata.
  • Listening to music from around the world including the Middle East and from South Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Hearing unusual repertoire including works for flute and percussion and flute with guitar.
  • More information is on the convention page of the FFA website.