Francesca Arnone

Assistant Professor

Dr. Francesca Arnone is the flute professor at the USF School of Music, coordinates the USF Community Music Project, and is an affiliate faculty member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College. She's a member of the Palm Beach Opera orchestra and an associate musician with the Sarasota Opera, and is an artist-faculty member of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Former orchestral positions include Principal Flute of the Boise Philharmonic and Co-Principal of the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. She has been a concerto soloist in repertoire ranging from Bach to Chen Yi. Conversation through music, with emphasis on chamber music, is central to Arnone's playing and teaching. With USF oboe professor Amy Collins, she has premiered works by such composers as Amanda Harberg, Linthicum-Blackhorse, Stella Sung, and Ingrid Stlzel. As part of her duo, reACT, with violinist Mikylah Myers, she was a featured performer at the 2016 NY Philharmonic Biennial at National Sawdust. Her solo flute and chamber music recordings on MSR and PARMA have met with critical acclaim. Before returning to her home state of Florida, Dr. Arnone was on faculty at Boise State, West Virginia, and Baylor universities, and at music festivals in the Americas and Italy. She has performed, presented, and taught at the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, International Flute Festival of Costa Rica, and the Flute Society of Spain. She has performed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in such venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, and the Split Academy of Music in Croatia. She performs with the Superflutes International Flute Collective, a flute ensemble comprised of flute professors and orchestral flutists from around the world. Dr. Arnone grew up in Port Charlotte, Florida, and studied at Oberlin, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Miami. She was the National Flute Association 2018 convention program chair, a two-time Outstanding Research Award winner from West Virginia University, and member of Bobby McFerrin's Creativity 101 class at San Francisco Conservatory.

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