Marissa Olin is an instructor of flute and flute ensemble at the Michigan State University Community Music School.
Captivating audiences worldwide, flutist Marissa Olin has performed in Mexico, Canada, Italy, Austria, and Japan. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Naxos records, and she has performed to great acclaim at the National Flute Association Convention and at Carnegie Hall. Praised for having "an abundance of control and technical élan," she was winner of the Upper Midwest Flute Association Laudie Porter Competition, winner of the Michigan State University Concerto Competition, and prizewinner of the WAMSO Young Artist Competition. Passionate about orchestral music, Olin is acting principal flutist of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI) and served as substitute musician with the New World Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being an active soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician, she is passionate about performing new music. As a member of the Musique 21 Contemporary Ensemble, she has collaborated extensively with composers on new music premieres including her work with acclaimed Venezuelan composer Ricardo Lorenz.
In addition to teaching at CMS, Marissa Olin teaches flute and flute ensemble at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. A sought-after teacher, she is faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. She holds performance degrees from Michigan State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Lawrence University (B.M.), having gained additional study from the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Most recently Dr. Olin is a finalist for a Fulbright grant to the Netherlands, where she wishes to pursue her scholarship interest of Dutch Romantic flute music.
Dedicated to musical education, Dr. Olin performs with the faculty woodwind quintet of the Michigan State University Community Music School throughout East Lansing and the K-12 Public Schools. She is also coordinator for the Greater Lansing Community Concert Series, offering over 25 annual concerts, and is committed to strengthening the partnership between performers and audiences as a means to sustain the future of live music performance.
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