DR. CRISTINA BALLATORI, a recipient of the 2013 University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Dr. Ballatori has performed throughout the United States, Europe, England, and Latin America as a recitalist, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Dr. Ballatori regularly appears throughout the United States as a guest artist and has been a featured performer, clinician and adjudicator at festivals and conferences hosted by the National Flute Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Directors Association, Texas UIL, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Mid-South Flute Society, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Florida Flute Association, Rochester Flute Association, College Music Society, and International Double Reed Society.
A passionate advocate for music education and a dedicated teacher, Dr. Ballatori has presented workshops for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation’s “Live! Music Now” program and given master classes at universities and public schools throughout the United States. Dr. Ballatori’s students have received top honors in local, regional, and national competitions, have received acceptances to prestigious summer festivals, undergraduate and graduate music programs, and serve as music educators and performers throughout the country. Since Dr. Ballatori’s arrival at UTB in 2008, UTB flute students have been winners in competitions sponsored by the National Flute Association and Texas Association of Music Schools, and have been accepted into summer programs at Juilliard and Carnegie Hall, including the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. Under her direction, the UTB Flute Choir and Flautarra Ensemble were invited, for the first time in history of the UTB Music Department, to appear as featured performers at the 2014 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the 2012 Texas Flute Festival in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Ballatori is flutist with the Semplice Duo and Frontera Chamber Players and is a founding member and co-director of the Frontera Chamber Music Society. She serves as co-director of the Brownsville Flute & Clarinet Festival, assistant director of Floot Fire Brownsville, and coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition.
Dr. Ballatori completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The recipient of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship, she received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she studied with Peter Lloyd, retired principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Her major teachers include Alexa Still, Katherine Kemler, Judith Lapple, and Diane Smith.