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Linda Toote joined the Conservatory in 2003, and is an associate professor of flute 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 United States 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 in 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 Summer Academy in Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts, and is director of the Boston University Tanglewood Flute Workshop.
Toote is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music, where she studied with John Wion. She was also a student of Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University.