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Dr. Shelley Martinson

Dr. Shelley Martinson

Associate Professor/Chair

Department: Music
Office: FAC 100A

An active performer, Shelley Martinson has appeared as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician throughout the United States. Martinson joined the faculty of Southwestern Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor of Music in fall 2013, where she instructs courses in applied flute, flute studio, music history, and chamber music. A passionate educator, Martinson previously served on the faculty of the Skidmore Summer Flute Institute and the Florida State University Summer Music Program. She acted as Visiting Instructor of Flute and Chamber Music at Skidmore College prior to her appointment at SWOSU. Martinson serves on the board of the Oklahoma Flute Society (President) and is chair of the National Flute Association's Career and Artistic Development Committee.

Martinson has performed with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Muncie Symphony, among others, and appeared as a concerto soloist with the Lake George Chamber Orchestra, SWOSU Symphony Orchestra, the Skidmore College Orchestra, and the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include performances and presentations at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention, Florida Flute Association Convention, College Music Society South-Central Conference, Oklahoma Flute Society Solo & Ensemble Festival, Florida State University, Skidmore College, Kansas State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, University of Akron, and Malone University. 

An advocate of both music of the past and present, Martinson has premiered more than a dozen new works featuring the flute and also studies and performs on Baroque flute. Martinson is founder and president of the Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC), an award winning commissioning organization dedicated to expanding and enhancing the modern flute repertoire.  Recent recognitions include grants from the Illinois Music Entrepreneurship Competition, the NFA Arts Venture Competition, and the Oklahoma Arts Council. 

Recipient of the NFA's 2014 Graduate Research Competition, Martinson continues to actively study historical performance, musical aesthetics, and East Asian flute traditions. Martinson’s publications are available through the NFA’s Flutists Quarterly, ProQuest, OhioLink and the Encyclopedia of India. She earned her Doctorate of Music in flute performance with a certificate in World Music from Florida State University. She holds additional degrees in flute performance (MM), music history (MM), and music (BA) from the University of Akron and Skidmore College. Former teachers include Eva Amsler, Mihoko Watanabe, George Pope, Jan Vinci, and Wendy Matthews. 

Courses Taught

Course No. Course Title
  Applied Flute
  Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
  Introduction to Music
  Graduate Flute Pedagogy
  Graduate Flute Literature
  Baroque Flute