Hey There - I'm Caroline!
I am a Cincinnati, Ohio based flute performer and educator. I spend most of my time as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Northern Kentucky University and running my own private flute studio, Fitz Flute Studio.
As a musician, my #1 goal is to teach and help others through my passion for music education. I believe in teaching and performing to be a well rounded-musician. A well-rounded musician is one who not only studies to be a great flute player, but also has a foundation of music theory, history, mental coaching, and problem solving. A truly successful musician has a firm understanding of these tools to enhance their performance skills.
Students in my flute studio benefit from this well-rounded philosophy and transform into confident musicians. These valuable life lessons can be translated into other areas of their lives and aid them into becoming successful people.
Caroline Fitzpatric is currently the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Northern Kentucky University and frequent university guest lecturer, most recently at Fresno State University, Ohio Northern University and University of South Carolina. In addition to teaching the flute, Caroline enjoys mentoring the next generation of musicians on the lecture topics of music entrepreneurship and flute pedagogy.
In addition to her university work, Caroline founded Fitz Flute Studio, which keeps her busy with 25+ flute students in the Cincinnati area. Her students consistently participate in Ohio and Kentucky All-State and District Honor Bands, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, OMEA Solo and Ensemble, and Flute Competitions. Students of the Fitz Flute Studio are commonly at the top of their flute section at school and are ahead of the curve. The studio collaborates as a flute choir and annually perform a pre-concert to the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for their Holiday Pops performances.
As a flute instructor, Caroline is active in the music education community in the Cincinnati area. She has been the woodwind instructor for Lakota East High School and Sycamore High School Marching Bands and has been invited as a guest clinician at Loveland High School, Milford High School, Walnut Hills High School, Madeira High School, Kings High School, E.H. Greene, Three Rivers Middle and High School and Lakota West High School. Her passion for education is further reflected in the recent publication of the band educational book series Scales and Rhythm Chunks by Richard Canter, where she is featured as the flute recording artist.
Despite her busy teaching schedule, Caroline can still be seen performing at NKU both as a soloist and chamber musician with NKU faculty. She's also been a featured solo artist for the "Joyful Sounds" concert series and artist in residence with the concert:nova chamber music program. The Fitz Flute Trio, flute with cello and violin, performs for weddings and other private events.
Outside of Cincinnati, Caroline accepted invitations to study and perform with the National Music Festival Orchestra, Aria International Summer Academy, Panoramic Flutist Master Class, and Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Class. She has also performed internationally with the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany as a chamber musician and soloist. Caroline was prizewinner of the Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Soloist Competition, Mid-South Flute Society College Master Class Competition, Carolina Flute Guild Master Class Competition, and the South Carolina Flute Society Fall Master Class Competition and runner up for the Flute Society of Ohio Young Artist Competition.
Caroline received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music where she performed principal positions in the CCM Philharmonia, Wind Orchestra, and Chamber Players.
Caroline earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of South Carolina where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her research on Jacques Ibert’s Solo Piece for Flute was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Caravel Undergraduate Research Journal.
When she’s not performing or teaching, Caroline enjoys hiking in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and knitting with an enormous cup of coffee. She also loves her jazz trumpet playing husband, Erin Fitzpatric, and their three cats, Finn, Rey, and Boo.