ESTHER J. WAITE
Flutist & Educator
Esther Waite is the Associate Professor of Flute at Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC). She directs the University Flute Choir, teaches flute lessons and woodwind courses, and serves as the woodwind program director. Dr. Waite received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University, where she held the teaching assistantship for Dr. Katherine Kemler’s flute studio. Her interest in Russian composers led to her doctoral dissertation topic of the 1960 flute sonata by the Soviet composer Edison Denisov. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was a teaching assistant for Dr. Tadeu Coelho.
Dr. Waite is principal flutist of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (NC). Recent solo performances have taken her to Panama, Romania, and Weill Hall at NYC's Carnegie Hall. She has given workshops on extended techniques and coached chamber music at several summer music programs, including Musica Piccola (Winston-Salem, NC), LSU Honors Chamber Winds Camp (Baton Rouge, LA), and Inspiration and Praise Flute Masterclass (Greenville, SC). Dr. Waite is a past president of the South Carolina Flute Society and continues to serve on its board.