Professor of Flute
Carolyn Brown, Professor of Flute at the University of Central Arkansas and Principal Flute with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Conway Symphony Orchestra, began her musical education as a young girl, studying piano with her mother and flute with her father. She continued her education at Wartburg College, the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, the University of Kansas and received her doctorate in Flute Performance and Literature from The Eastman School of Music in New York where she studied with Bonita Boyd. During her residency at Eastman, she was the only woodwind candidate to be unanimously nominated by the Eastman faculty for the prestigious Performer’s Certificate.
Dr. Brown has been the top prize winner in a number of competitions, including the 1995 Myrna Brown International Artist Competition. The Arkansas Times has described her playing as “achingly beautiful” and “gorgeous” and in 1996 she was named “Arkansas’ Best Classical Musician” of the year by that paper. Dr. Brown has been a featured soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra several times, most recently performing the Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse.
She and her husband, pianist Carl Anthony (UCA faculty member and principal keyboardist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra), perform frequently throughout the U.S. and abroad as the Dionysus Duo. The duo performed in recital for President-elect and Mrs. Clinton shortly after he was elected in 1992 and the duo performed at the NFA’s National Conventions in Dallas, St. Louis and Kansas City. A tour of China in 1995 included performances and masterclasses in the major conservatories of Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. In the summer of 2006 they presented several masterclasses and performed in concert at the Conservatory of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Brown, Dr. Lorraine Duso (oboe) and Dr. Kelly Johnson (clarinet) form the Sunaura Trio. They recently performed several concerts in Shanghai, China, and were invited to perform at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in the summer of 2008. The Sunaura Trio also frequently performs in schools throughout Arkansas.
Dr. Brown performs on a rose gold Emanuel flute.