As a teacher, I am most interested in the student who is curious and hungry to learn. There is nothing more satisfying for a teacher than to witness the growth which stems from these characteristics.
Linda Toote has been on the faculty of Boston Conservatory since 2003, teaching applied flute and piccolo performance.
Toote has held principal flute positions with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Tampa, as well as the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera orchestras. Invitations from the Baltimore, Detroit, and St. Louis symphonies have included recent recordings and touring with these orchestras. Her recordings as principal flute include many symphonic works with the Atlanta Symphony on the Telarc label, and works of many genres with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Boston Pops. Toote is a regular performer with the BSO and Boston Pops and has been the principal flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera Company since 1996. Other collaborations have included the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Collage New Music, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the Boston Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, she will again be a performer and clinician at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego.
Toote has given master classes, clinics and recitals across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Taiwan and Germany. In 2009, she served as the program chair for the 37th Annual Convention of the National Flute Association (New York City), which saw a record breaking attendance of more than 4,600 flutists. Her own convention appearances have included those of Dallas, Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, Chicago, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Anaheim, and Las Vegas. She has served as a board member of the National Flute Association.
During the summer months, Toote teaches at the Aria International Academy in Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts and is director of the Boston University Tanglewood Flute Workshop.
Toote is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with John Wion. She was also a student of Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University.