A versatile and passionate performer and educator, Abigail Walsh is a Visiting Professor in Music at Grand Valley State University starting in Fall 2020. She is a substitute musician with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the Flute by the Sea Masterclass in Matunuck RI and performs with pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang in Music Wall Duo and with the Central Illinois Woodwind Quintet.
Prior to her current position, Abigail was an Applied Music Specialist (Flute) at the University of Illinois Springfield and the flute instructor at Illinois College from 2012-2020. She has held the Principal Flute position in Hartford Opera Theater, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and the Oskaloosa Symphony. Dr. Walsh has also been a faculty member at the Hartt School, the Hartt School Community Division and the Ethel Walker School, as well as the flute teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She has been the flute faculty artist at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hartt High School Intensive Instrumental Workshop, and the Western Illinois University’s Summer Music Institute.
A joyful and dedicated teacher and performer, Abigail gives master classes and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly. She has performed at four National Flute Assocaition conventions, the Florida, Wisconsin, Mid-Atlantic, Chicago, Iowa and FNMC Flute Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids, Decatur and Taylorville Municipal Bands as well as with various groups at the University of Iowa, the Hartt School, the University of Illinois Springfield, and through the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival. As an ambassador of new music, she is a member and performer in the Flute New Music Consortium and is premering new works for flute and piano with the Composers Alliance of San Antonio during the 2021-2022 calendar year. Abigail has been a prizewinner or finalist in the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition, the Washington Society Young Artist Competition, and the Emeritus Recording Competition.
Abigail holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford, the Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms and John Wion. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa while studying with Tamara Thweatt, Robert Dick, and Tadeu Coelho. Other primary teachers include Betty Bang Mather and her late step-mother, first flute teacher and mentor, Margaret Linnan Kegel.