Artistic Director

Margaret Carlson is the founder, artistic director, and conductor for Flute Frenzy's High School and Fantasia Flute Choirs.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Greensboro College and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Her teachers include Maurice Sharp, William Hebert, Julius Baker and Thomas Nyfenger.

 An active freelance flutist, Ms. Carlson enjoys performing with chamber ensembles.  Her orchestral positions have included the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Norfolk Symphony, and the Virginia Opera.  She has performed in both modern and baroque flute master classes with Göran Marcusson, Stephen Preston, and Philippe Allain-Dupré.  Ms. Carlson maintains a private flute studio in Williamsburg and has served as a chamber ensemble coach for the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra.  She has led flute choir reading sessions for the Hampton Roads Flute Fair and the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and has directed Flute Frenzy flute choirs since its inception in May 2000.

Mrs. Carlson is presently residing in Germany, on leave of absence for one year, but staying in touch.

Prelude Choir Conductors

Olivia Stansbury is currently Director of Bands at New Kent Middle School, Ms. Stansbury is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she received both the Master's of Arts in Education and the Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education and Flute Performance.  She ha s studied flute with Virginia Tech professors Mrs. Elizabeth Crone and Dr. David Jacobsen, along with local Newport News teacher Mrs. Caroline Cale.  She has also participated in masterclasses with numerous flutists including James Galway, Carol Wincenc, Mathieu Dufour, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Michelle Cheramy, and the Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Stansbury is a member of Flute Frenzy's Fantasia Choir.

 

Mary Nussear, flutist, is a recent Williamsburg resident. Prior to moving, she played with various ensembles and orchestras in the northern New Jersey area and with the award-winning Ridgewood Concert Band where she was the Principal/Assistant Principal Flute. She performed at weddings and other special events with a harpist.  A graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Mary retired from the Dumont school district where she taught instrumental and general music for thirty-six years.  She also taught privately and enjoys “beading, reading and weeding”. Mary currently plays with the Flute Frenzy Fantasia group, the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble and is a music volunteer at the Hospice House.

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