DR. CRISTINA BALLATORI, a recipient of the 2013 University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, serves as Associate 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. She regularly appears throughout the country as a guest artist and has been a featured performer and clinician at many flute festivals and conferences including the National Flute Association, Mid-South Flute Society, Rochester Flute Association, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Florida Flute Association, College Music Society, National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors, and International Double Reed Society.
Dr. Ballatori is flutist of the Semplice Duo with pianist, Kevin Chance, and the Frontera Chamber Players. As winners of the 2004 Emerging Artist Series Competition, the Semplice Duo has been described by critics as “delightful performers” whose “music making was effortless and sparkling.” Recent performance highlights include concerts in such venues as the Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France, “Live from Hochstein” Series on public radio WXXI in Rochester, New York, and the Colorado Music Festival. Dr. Ballatori has been a prizewinner in several competitions including the Flute Society of Washington, D.C.’s Young Artist Competition, the Bruce Ekstrand Competition, and the George Mason University Concerto Competition.
A passionate advocate for music education, Dr. Ballatori has presented workshops for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundations “Live! Music Now” program, and given master classes at universities and public schools throughout the United States. She has presented and adjudicated at conferences and competitions hosted by the Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Directors Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas UIL State Solo & Ensemble Competition, Texas Flute Society, and Houston Flute Club among others.
At the University of Texas-Brownsville, Dr. Ballatori maintains a studio of enthusiastic and accomplished students. Since her 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, have been accepted into top summer festivals and graduate music programs, and serve as music educators throughout Texas. Under her direction, the UTB Flute Choir and Flautarra Ensemble enjoyed their first invitations 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, and the 2012 Texas Flute Festival. She currently serves as advisor of the UTB Flautissimo Flute Club, and assistant director and faculty of the Floot Fire Brownsville summer flute workshop.
A winner of the National Flute Association’s Dissertation Competition, Dr. Ballatori’s doctoral thesis, “Suite Paysanne Hongroise for Flute and Piano by Béla Bartók/Arr. Paul Arma: A Performer’s Guide,” was recognized for its outstanding contribution to flute research. Her articles have been published in American Music Teacher, Flute Talk, and Flutist Quarterly. Dr. Ballatori is co-director of the Frontera Chamber Music Society, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2012, and serves as co-director and co-founder of the Brownsville Flute & Clarinet Festival. She served as coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition from 2009-2014.
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 Scholarship, 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. She earned performance degrees at Louisiana State University (M.M.) and George Mason University (B.M.). Her major teachers include Alexa Still, Katherine Kemler, Judith Lapple, and Diane Smith.