......flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough brought a sense of style and correctness to the performance. Whether blending as a member of the ensemble or standing out as a soloist, Hansbrough's tone was fluid with effortless ornamentation. Lyrical melodic lines and virtuosic passages were performed with an ease of expression and execution....(The PostStar, Glens Falls NY, S. Leonard, May 2008)
.......The piece featured the orchestra's excellent principal flutist, Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, and a scaled-down group of 11 strings plus harpsichord. Ms. Hansbrough's choice of tempos was excellent. I especially liked the bounce of the "Bouree" and the spirited chase of the "Tanelei,"... The precision of the ornamentation between the flute and the rest of the group was also pleasurable...... (The Chronicle, W. Martin, May 2008)
Photo by Michele Calderon
Flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough has a music career spanning 20 years in teaching and performing in New Mexico, Florida, Tennessee and New York State.
She holds music degrees from New Mexico State University (BME) the University of Arizona (MM). She received her Doctorate in Flute Performance in 1991 from The Florida State University, where she was a recipient of a University Fellowship and was a graduate teaching assistant. Her primary flute teachers include Susan West, Jean-Louis Kashy and Charles DeLaney.
She has held faculty positions at New Mexico State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and The University at Albany. While in Tennessee she formed the Middle Tennessee flute Society. Hansbrough attracted hundreds of flutists and teachers to the annual Middle Tennessee Flute Festivals and master classes 1990-1999. She hosted many notable flutists including James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Susan Milan and many others.
Dr. Hansbrough has performed at many venues across the U. S. including Piccolo Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, Troy Music Hall, Pleshakov Music Center, North Point Cultural Arts Center, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga City Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, WPLN "Studio C Live" In Nashville, and the Basilica Industria (Hudson, NY). As a two-time winner of the National Flute Association Performer’s Competition, she performed at NFA Conventions in Orlando and Kansas City, MO. She was invited to perform at the convention in Atlanta, 1999.
She has performed with many orchestras including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony (Alabama), the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Shaker Mountain Opera, Hudson Chamber Opera, and most recently Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has appeared as a soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, The Huntsville Symphony, The Nashville Symphony, The Middle Tennessee Symphony and the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra.
She has recorded with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Albany Symphony and released her solo CD “American Flute Music: Leaving the Twentieth Century’ in 1997.
Holding a strong interest in baroque performance practice, she plays baroque flute in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. She has performed at the Baroque Festival in Greenfield Center, NY since 2000 and recently performed with the newly formed Empire Baroque at the Cathedral of All Saints. Her baroque flute playing has been described as “haunting and memorable” (Times Union, June 2006). She has studied baroque flute with Christopher Krueger, Stephen Preston and most recently Janet See.
Having premiered several works by living American composers, Hansbrough is a strong advocate for new music. She has performed premieres of works including the Sonata for flute and harp and the Sonata for flute and guitar by Robert Baksa, and the Sonata for flute and percussion by Dr. Bruce Roter. She also premiered works for solo flute and wind band including Lindisfarne Rhapsody by Philip Sparke (U.S. premiere); Concerto for by Frigyes Hidas (U.S. premiere) and Divertimento by Alfred Reed (NY State premiere). In addition, she has collaborated in performances with several composers including Max Lifchitz, John Anthony Lennon and Mario Davidovsky. Her solo CD “American Flute Music: Leaving the Twentieth Century” represents important compositions of the late 20th century for solo flute and flute and piano.
She is currently Associate Professor at The College of Saint Rose, where she teaches flute and is director of the Saint Rose Camerata, a faculty chamber music concert series. In addition, she is principal flutist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.