Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough

Flutist and Teacher

Biography

...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)


.......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)


The Glens Falls Symphony closed their season with a concert last Saturday evening, May 16, "on the road" in the Trombley Auditorium at Saratoga Springs Middle School, Wilton. The program consisted of Jacque Ibert's Flute concerto, nicely played by the orchestra and their principal flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough.. The outer movements of the Ibert demand technical agility and breath control as the player runs madly through passages of almost perpetual motion. … she seemed thoroughly energized as she tore through the music, easily transitioning from a rich low timbre to a beautifully rounded upper register while her fingers danced on the keys....."(The Chronicle, W. Martin)


Flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough has a music career spanning over 20 years in teaching and performing nationally and internationally. 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. 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. She has continued organizing Flute Day events at The College of Saint Rose hosting many flutists including Elizabeth Rowe, Linda Chesis, Alexa Still, and Gary Schocker.

 

Hansbrough has performed at many venues across the U. S. including Piccolo Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, Troy Music Hall, 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).  Summer of 2015 she toured as a soloist with the Varna International Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria in Greece.

 

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, in New York in 2009 and Las Vegas in 2012. She appeared at the 2014 British Flute Society Convention in Coventry, England.

 

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 (Angel Records, Alabaster Music), the Albany Symphony (Albany Records and NAXOS) and released her solo CD “American Flute Music: Leaving the Twentieth Century’ in 1997 (Fanfare).

 

Holding a strong interest in historical flute performance, she plays baroque flute in solo, chamber. and orchestral settings.   and is a member of Empire Baroque, an Albany based ensemble.  Her baroque flute playing has been described as “haunting and memorable” (Times Union, June 2006).  She performed at the 2009 and 2013 Boston Early Music Festival fringe concert series, the Baroque Festival in Greenfield Center, NY, and is currently a member of Empire Baroque, based in Albany, NY. Her solo recording “Eighteenth-Century Solo Works for Flute” is due for release fall 2019.

 

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.

 

Hansbrough is currently Professor at The College of Saint Rose, where she teaches flute and is director of Saint Rose Camerata, a faculty chamber music concert series.  In addition, she is principal flutist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.