Flor Lizbeth Cruz Longoria, Flute

MÉXICO | United States

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Flor Lizbeth Cruz Longoria is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC where she has served in the Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Conservatory Wind Symphony, and Conservatory Orchestra. She performs with Midwest Chamber Ensemble, a Kansas City organization dedicated to the performance of chamber orchestra and chamber ensemble music and with the UMKC Composers’ Guild where she routinely premieres chamber music featuring the flute. She holds a Double Major BA in Music Education and Music Performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she served as principal in the Wind Symphony, Kingsville Chamber Orchestra, and Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. Flor participated in TAMUK Musical Connections, a service-learning project consisting of mixed chamber ensembles that give audience-interactive performances in the Kingsville community. As flutist for Valledo Winds Woodwind Quintet, Flor participated in the 2013 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival as an emerging artist. Flor was selected to be a counselor for the 2013 and 2014 New York Summer Music Festival where she worked with musicians including Steven Reineke, Joseph Silverstein, and Linda Chesis. In 2015, Flor was selected to be a counselor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where she received assistantships in teaching and performing. In 2017, Ms. Cruz gave the Kansas City premiere of Nathaniel Hearing’s Cimmerian Isolation for Electronic Music Midwest, an electroacoustic music festival and was selected to perform in the OperaMaya International Summer Music Festival, an orchestral program in the Yucatan Peninsula of México.

In January 2015, Flor attended the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association Convention as a co-presenter of a lecture entitled: It Takes a Village: How service learning projects in a small South Texas community have enriched academic, cultural and social development through music. Flor was the winner of the 2015 TAMUK Orchestral Concerto Competition and was selected to perform in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir where she worked with Greg Patillo and Project Trio. Flor was selected to perform and present in the 2016 National Flute Association Convention as part of the TAMUK Flute Choir and was a convention intern for the 2016 and 2017 National Flute Association Conventions. She has been invited to perform with the TAMUK Flute Choir in their 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention performance. Flor’s principal teachers include Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Dr. Naomi Seidman, Dr. Elizabeth Janzen and Dr. Mary Posses. She has performed in master classes for chamber ensembles In Sterio and Imani Winds, flutists Leone Buyse, Zara Lawler, Susan Hayes, Rita Linard, Krista Jobson, Amy Porter, Linda Chesis, Bonnie Kim, Shelley Binder, Damarre McGill, Meg Griffith, Mariana Gariazzo, Kimberly Clark and teaching artist David Wallace.