Kim Collins, the Flutist
I am a freelance flutist by choice. My flexibility with varied roles, compatibility as a player, and my talent and passion for playing have allowed me a wonderfully varied career. From solo and chamber music to symphony orchestra to Broadway pit orchestra, I have done it all, and with love and thanks for so many great opportunities to play. I currently perform with:
The (Grammy-Award-Winning!) Albany Symphony
The Bridgeport Symphony
The Hartford Symphony
The New Haven Symphony
The Springfield Symphony
The Vermont Symphony
The Waterbury Symphony (as Principal Flutist)
I enjoy performing as part of local back-up groups for rock and pop acts throughout Connecticut. Some of the artists I have had the privilege to share the stage with are: Josh Groban, Clay Aiken, Deep Purple, Kansas, LeAnn Rimes, The Irish Tenors, Peter Frampton, Yes, and Brian Wilson.
The pit is a special place for me. I have performed with the Wicked, the Musical on Broadway, as well as with the national tours of countless shows at Connecticut venues such as the Bushnell Theater, The Oakdale, The Palace Theaters in Waterbury and Stamford, and the Shubert Theater. There is probably no place I love more than the pit, and pit playing has afforded me the challenge of performing on a wide variety of flutes including recorders, whistles and even Asian flutes and pan pipes.
Kim Collins, the Teacher
I have been teaching in Connecticut since 1990. I have held teaching positions at several institutions including: The Hartt School Community Division, Choate Rosemary Hall, Neighborhood Music School, Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut State University. I now teach exclusively at my home studio in South Glastonbury, Connecticut and frequently serve as guest teaching artist and clinician at area schools.
My students have spanned a huge range from ages six to 75! I am happy to teach anyone with a flute, dedication to lessons, and a true desire to learn. I have a sweet spot in my heart for the adult student, because I know what an effort it is to juggle learning an instrument with an already hectic family and work life.
Music has a unique role and meaning in each student’s life, and all of us have varied dreams and goals. I consider it my privilege to help you find the way to fit playing the flute into your own life in the most adept way possible. I will help you become more thorough and experienced no matter what your level or aspirations.
Students from my studio have been accepted to:
Studio members have won the Hamden Symphony and Norwalk Youth Symphony Concerto Competitions, and have been honored through the New Haven Symphony Young Artist Program.
Graduates of the studio have majored in music at many fine music schools and conservatories. Adult amateurs are able to enjoy duets with friends, flute choirs and local community bands and orchestras. To learn more about lessons, see my Lessons Page.