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UMD Assistant Professor of Flute Paula Gudmundson
May 29, 2019

Paula Gudmundson, assistant professor of music, will perform at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on June 12.

Dr. Paula Gudmundson, assistant professor of flute in UMD's School of Fine Arts, will perform in recital with UMD alumna Sue Ruby, piano, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The performance is included with museum admission

The performance will showcase music from her upcoming recording featuring Swedish women composers. Many of these works were written for violin and piano and a few have begun to become part of the flute repertoire. These women represent pioneers in Scandinavia, and Gudmundson has enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about these neglected composers, including Laura Netzel and Amanda Maier-Röntgen

Dr. Gudmundson's debut recording titled, La Flauta of Buenos Aires, released in 2014, featured works for flute by Amancio Alcorta. Her edition of "Gran Fantasia" by Amancio Alcorta received an Honorable Mention from the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition in 2014.

She was awarded a Community Partnership Grant for 2013-14 from the Minnesota State Arts Board to record works by Amancio Alcorta and Alberto Williams. She was a recipient of a 2011-12 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for research of flute in Latin American art music, and traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in search of neglected early 20th century music. Gudmundson performed in the summer 2017 at the International Flute Festival in Costa Rica and at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. (2017), Orlando, Fla. (2018), and the College of Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, B.C. (2018). 

Upcoming performances include at the 2019 National Flute Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the premier of a newly commissioned work by Icelandic composer and flutist Berglind Tomasdottir in fall 2019, and upcoming exhibition featuring Art, Nature, and Music at the Duluth Arts Institute in December 2019 . Her upcoming CD focused on music by Scandinavian women composers will be released fall 2019. This project has been made possible by Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota.  For more information, check out her website:

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