Working with Rachel and Katie at The Flute Gallery has been wonderful as a professional flutist and educator. They are an amazing resource. They offer one of the largest varieties of top quality student and professional flutes and piccolos, sheet music, recordings and accessories. I trust working with them for all my flute needs.Dr. Paula Gudmundson
Dr. Rachel Haug Root
Rachel E. Haug Root is a freelance flutist, orchestral musician, and private instructor in the Minneapolis area. In addition to her responsibilities as Flute Gallery Manager at Schmitt Music, she is the Flute Instructor at Winona State University and maintains an active private flute studio in the Twin Cities; her students are frequently accepted to summer festivals and honors ensembles. Dr. Haug Root also holds the Piccolo position with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with the La Crosse Symphony and Winona Symphony, in addition to past professional experiences with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Dr. Haug Root earned her DMA and MM in flute performance from The Ohio State University, where she studied with Katherine Borst Jones, and BA from Luther College under the instruction of Dr. Carol Hester. Her research, An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Flute Music by Norwegian Composers: With Emphasis on Øistein Sommerfeldt and Publications by Norsk Musikforlag, seeks to broaden awareness of the available flute repertoire. During her time at Ohio State, Dr. Haug Root served as principal flute in the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra while also performing as a member of the Ohio State Fife and Drum Corps. Additionally, she assisted in planning the annual Central Ohio Flute Association Festival at Ohio State, serving as newsletter editor, exhibits coordinator, and president.
Dr. Haug Root is the recipient of the OSU Graduate Achievement Award and past winner of the DMA concerto competition. She is featured on the Naxos recordings Network and Rest, and in the 2008 Emmy Award-winning production Christmas at Luther. She has toured with ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Katie is known around the country and the world as an expert in Flute Repair. She has worked with and continues to work with many of the best repair technicians and is constantly learning about and trying new techniques and materials. She has also developed a reputation for honest and open customer service. She will work with each individual to ensure that their instrument is in the best possible playing condition.
Katie grew up in Massachusetts where she studied with Sue Kurian. She received her Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, studying with Ernestine Whitman. After completing the course in woodwind repair at Red Wing Technical College, she was employed by Verne Q. Powell Flutes, where she was instrumental in establishing the repair department. Continuing her relationship with Powell Flutes, and seeing a need for professional quality flute repair, in 1990, she relocated to Minnesota and opened her own repair service.