Biography

Alyssa Primeau is a versatile flutist that enjoys performing and teaching equally.  Originally from metro Detroit, Michigan, Alyssa’s musical experiences range from solo and large ensemble performing, to teaching students of varied ages and abilities. As a performer, Alyssa has had the pleasure of performing as a substitute musician with the Phoenix Orchestra in Boston, and the Detroit symphony orchestra. With these ensembles and others, Alyssa has had the opportunity of performing in leading venues around the country, including Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She is eager to begin a new position this fall as a flute fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 


As a soloist, Alyssa has held numerous accomplishments. Most recently, she was the winner of the 40th annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. In 2019, she was a winner of the Boston University Soloists Competition, and as a result, had the privilege of performing Carl Reinecke’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. Other concerto performances include the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, and the Oakland University Wind Symphony. As a chamber musician, Alyssa has extensive experience performing with small ensembles of varied instrumentation. Previously, she was a member of the Redlime Flute Quintet at Boston University. This quintet had the honor of premiering Martin Amlin’s Three Inventions for Five Flutes and Piccolos in April of 2019. 

 

As a music educator, Alyssa enjoys teaching in large and small ensemble settings. Most recently, Alyssa was a workshop assistant for flutist Linda Toote at the 2019 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Flute Workshop. She also has experience in the classroom instructing middle school band, and she enjoys working with woodwind sections of high school marching bands around the metro Detroit area. 


Alyssa earned her Masters degree in flute performance from Boston University, and her Bachelors degree in instrumental music education and flute performance from Oakland university. Her primary teachers have included Linda Toote, Sharon Sparrow, and Jeffery Zook.