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About Lucy

Lucy Rubin, from Highland Park, Illinois, is an NYC-based flutist, music theorist, educator, and aspiring repairwoman currently pursuing a Master of Music in Classical Flute under Linda Chesis at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Theory from the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music as a First Honors Graduate (4.0 GPA) studying under Angela Jones-Reus.


Lucy has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently receiving third prize in the 2024 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition. In 2021, she won the Rome Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and placed second in the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. Additionally, Lucy is a 2022 Presser Scholar, a prestigious national award honoring exceptional music students.


In April 2024, Lucy was invited to Middelburg, Zeeland, to play in the Mostly Modern Festival Netherlands Orchestra as their sole flutist from the United States. This summer, Lucy will be participating in the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), where she will be competing in the final round of the Concerto Competition, and which will also feature the expertise and mentorship from musicians of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


At the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), Lucy has performed as principal flute in the MSM Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, Daniela Candillari, and George Manahan. She has participated in several other ensembles, including a NOVA Wind Serenade concert and MSM’s inaugural Bach Week Concert. Lucy is also involved with various chamber ensembles, including a flute, harp, and viola trio coached by Met harpist Mariko Anraku, as well as performing new music by MSM composers on their composition recitals.


While attending the University of Georgia (UGA), Lucy was principal flute of the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Hodgson Wind Ensemble, a member of the UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and numerous chamber ensembles. In addition to her other accolades during her time as a student in Georgia, she was a finalist in the UGA Concerto Competition and the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition. Other awards include receiving third prize in the 2021 South Carolina Flute Society Collegiate Artist Competition and the 2021 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Collegiate Artist Competition. 


Lucy also began performing on the baroque flute and exploring historical performance in November 2022, something she is further developing while living in New York City. She also teaches private flute lessons and tutors in music theory. Her music theory research has ranged in topics from the Nielsen Flute Concerto to Joni Mitchell’s music, and she is passionate about studying music by underrepresented and forbidden composers.


Previously, Lucy has participated in the Mostly Modern Festival previously in 2022 and 2023 as a performer and intern, working under Lindsey Goodman and performing contemporary orchestral, chamber, and solo works. In 2021, she spent her time in Manhattan interning at the Flute Center of New York under Phil Unger and Julian Rose. She is currently working towards a flute repair certificate from the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology. Some of her other flute mentors include Hideko Amano, and Julie Koidin.

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