Katherine Borst Jones, Professor of Flute at The Ohio State University since 1985, has served as chair of woodwinds, brass and percussion since 1999. She was awarded the School of Music Distinguished Teacher award in 1995 and 2012, and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008. A participant at the Savvy Musician in Action workshop, her group was awarded the Audience Choice Award as well as second place in the Venture Challenge.
She is a founding member and co-principal flutist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, (Miriam and Bernard Yenkin chair), founding member of the flute, viola, harp trio, COSMOS, which has performed at the flute, viola and harp association conventions, and the Jones/Norton Duo with harpist, Jeanne Norton, a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (forty years) and principal flute of the New Sousa Band, which performed at the 2009 WASBE and Mid-West Band and Orchestra clinics and has toured Japan, China and the United States extensively.
Created in 1976 by Ms. Jones, the annual High School Flute Workshop program at Ohio State draws students nationally. Ms. Jones conducts the OSU Flute Troupe, a flute choir that has performed at seven national (NFA) and five state (OMEA) conventions and recently recorded for McGinty Music, (mcgintymusic.com). In 2014 the flute choir music series, the KBJ Collection was launched with ALRY music. She has conducted flute choirs throughout the United States including the Alla Breve Flute Choir in Arizona and the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir (2000) and the National High School Flute Choir (1997, 2014).
Professor Jones has served in many roles for the National Flute Association, including president twice, vice-president, and 1992 Los Angeles convention program chair and as competition judge and is the current chair of the past presidents’ council. She has performed at numerous conventions and was a member of the NFA delegation to the Soviet Union in 1989. She received the NFA Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
A chamber music enthusiastic, Professor Jones was elected President of Chamber Music Columbus in 2016. She had previously served as a trustee on the education and outreach and program committees.
In addition, she is a visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China where she has performed and given master classes at two international flute festivals. She performed at the 2012 British Flute Society International Convention in Manchester, England. She was co-founder, teacher, and coordinator for the Robert Willoughby Master Classes at the University of New Hampshire for eight years. She has taught at Heidelberg College, Denison University, Emporia State University in Kansas, Oberlin Conservatory, Capital University, and at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Devoted to the creation of new solo and chamber music, in addition to the COSMOS commissions by Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Main and Andrew Boysen, she has commissioned works by Stephen Montague, Michael Ruszczynski, Mark DeVoto, Dale Warland and Rudolfo Bubalo. Flute choir commissions and premieres include the works of Daniel Bukvich, Roger Cichy, Valerie Coleman, Thomas Duffy, Chris Norman, Matthew Saunders, Robert Spittal, Chris Weait and Tom Wells. She has performed for George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Donald Harris, Libby Larsen, William Bolcum, George Perle, John Corligiano, Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty; she also has premiered works by Jean Françaix, Peter Schickele, (Thurber’s Dogs), Augusta Reed Thomas, (Euterpe’s Caprice for flute alone) Michael Daugherty (Crystals), Libby Larsen (Blinded by the Light, 2017) and Dana Wilson, among others. She has performed as soloist, (Pied Piper Fantasy by Corigliano) and as a chamber musician on numerous Contemporary Music Festivals at Ohio State as well as on Society of International Composers conventions.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Jones studied with Keith Brion, Robert Willoughby, Kyril Magg, Donald E. McGinnis, and Julius Baker. Her degrees are from the University of New Hampshire (BA), and The Ohio State University (MM). She also attended the Congregation of the Arts Program at Dartmouth College, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Boxwood program in Nova Scotia and the Savvy Musician Program at the University of South Carolina. She has performed with symphonies, chamber groups and festivals around the world including the Columbus Bach Ensemble, American Chamber Winds and the American Wind Symphony. She is a frequent guest artist and clinician across the country and has recorded for CRI, d'Note and Summit recordings, including a flute and harp compact disc Paradise, with harpist, Jeanne Norton. A highly acclaimed recording of COSMOS commissions on MSR Classics was released in 2017.
Ervin Monroe is a musician of great versatility, flutist, composer, arranger, conductor and entrepreneur. While still in high school, he was asked to play principal flute in the Pensacola Florida Symphony. He then attended the Oberlin Conservatory and at age nineteen studied in Austria where he also toured as a member of Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra. Ervin was offered a permanent position there, but decided to complete his musical studies in the States and vie for a spot with a major American symphony. While working on a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Monroe was hired to play principal flute for the American tours of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies, including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish and Royal English Ballets. At age twenty-three he was selected to play in the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and record chamber music for RCA Red Label Classics. Two years later he was appointed Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony, a position he held for forty years until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Monroe can be heard on numerous symphonic recordings with legendary conductors such as Antal Dorati and Neemi Jarvi.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as president of the National Flute Association. Ervin was the NFA Program Chairperson in 1990, and later founded The Flutist Quarterly. Monroe has judged on many musical panels, including the NFA’s Young Artist Competition. He has a multitude of publications to his credit, music periodicals, instructional manuals, arrangements and compositions. Ervin’s book Special Fingerings for Advanced Flutists was selected by the National Flute Association as the number one Newly Published Pedagogical Book in 2012. His children’s piece, The Amazing Symphony Orchestra, has been performed by orchestras internationally.
Ervin Monroe was a faculty member at the Wayne State and Oakland Universities in Detroit, and has been a visiting professor at a number of other colleges including University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Mr. Monroe has performed flute on many chamber music and solo recordings and has lectured and given master classes for fifty years. He was music director of several Michigan orchestras and the founding music director of the Oakland Youth Symphony which he conducted for ten years.
In the early 1970s Ervin started a small publishing company called Little Piper which specialized in flute music. The company now sells music worldwide.
In 1975, he became a consultant for Muramatsu flutes.Twenty years later, in 1995, he was appointed by the president of Muramatsu Inc in Japan to head a North American company representing and distributing Muramatsu flutes. This company is known as Muramatsu America.
Ervin is a diverse musician. He played with a jazz combo in college, and later a rock group that recorded for London Records. He also played background flute for a number of Motown’s greatest hits. His teachers include Robert Willoughby, Harold Bennett, and William Kincaid.