College Teaching

Wendy Webb Kumer, order Flute Studios

136 Fairfax Road • Pittsburgh, ask PA 15221-4616 • E-mail


Master of Fine Arts, what is ed Flute Performance
Carnegie Mellon University, 1979

Bachelor of Science, Music Education
Duquesne University, 1977
Graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade average
Dean’s Award for Excellence


Current Faculty Positions

Adjunct Professor of Flute
West Liberty State College 2005 – present
Slippery Rock University, 2007
Mercyhurst College, 2002 – 2007

Founder and Director
The Flute Academy, 2001-present
3 faculty, 2 Interns, 75 students in flute choirs, chamber music, theory, lessons

Department Chair, Woodwinds
City Music Center at Duquesne University, 1989-2002

Director of Flute Choirs
City Music Center at Duquesne University, 1989-2002

Adjunct Professor of Flute (previously held)
Duquesne University, 1981-1993. Recruited and taught more than 50 flute majors. Advisor to the D.U. Flute Association. Coached chamber music ensembles; instituted the flute scales and techniques classes, and orchestral literature repertoire classes.
Slippery Rock University, 1997 and 2007. 14 flute majors

Adjunct Professor of Theory
Duquesne University 1981-2000
Taught classes in music theory I-IV, solfege I-IV
Tutored high school seniors for ear training entrance

Teacher of Flute, Woodwind Methods, Music Theory
Carnegie Mellon University, 1977-1979

Flute Clinician
Bands of America, National High School Band Camps, 1981-2005.
Conn-Selmer Corporation, 1999-present

Kumer Flute Studios
Self-employed flute studio teacher with more than 40 students per week — all ages. Specializing in high school “flute majors”, 1972-present.


Principal Flute
Orchestra Nova, Sidney Harth, Music Director, 1980-1992

Solo Active Performer
Tuesday Musical Club recitals, concerts, composer forums since 1990

City Music Center “Noon Concert” series yearly from 1990-2002
Weekly church services since 1996
Tuesday Musical Solo Recital Series 2006 – 2007


Pittsburgh Flute Club, President 1991-1995; 2002-2006
National Flute Association Secretary (Executive Committee 2004-05)
Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) / MTNA
Pennsylvania Music Educators / MENC
Tuesday Musical Club
Erie Music Teachers Association


• Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year” 2007

• Nominated for President of the National Flute Association, 2007

• 4 Performances in 2006 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra:

1. Heinz Hall Stage with Fiddlesticks, February 11, 2006
2. Heinz Hall Lobby with PSO resident composer, Jennifer Higdon on June 4, 2006
3. NFA Pittsburgh Convention Center, August 12, 2006
4. On stage with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, September 15, 2006

• Conductor of the National High School Flute Choir in Washington, DC in 2002 at the NFA convention.

• Kumer student: First Place Winner in the National MTNA competition in 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT, High School Woodwind category. Also State and Division first place winners.

• Ten former Kumer Studio Duquesne flute majors have gone on to earn doctoral level degrees and teach at the college level.

• From 1 – 5 Kumer Studio student winners in the NFA National High School Flute Choir every year from 1986 – present

• Recent Kumer Studio seniors have received talent based awards to be flute majors at New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, University of Michigan, Berklee School of Music in Boston, Northwestern University, Lawrence University, University of Southern California, Ithaca, Youngstown State, Duquesne, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

• Ten former Kumer Studio students are currently enrolled as music majors throughout the United States.

• Kumer Studio students consistently win local competitions including Music Teachers National Association, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side program, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra auditions and concerto competitions, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony auditions, Westmoreland Youth Symphony auditions, and Tuesday Musical Scholarship auditions.

• Created a national flute camp for junior and senior high flutists and team taught with Jim Walker during the summers of 1990, ’91 and ’92 in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor.


• The Flutist’s Quarterly Spring 2006: “Plan to travel to Pittsburgh”
• Pittsburgh Flute Club newsletter editor and writer, 1990-present (more than 100 issues)
• Editor: NFA convention program book, 2007 in Albuquerque
• Flute Academy brochures and website, 2002- present
• Band Director journal, January 1994, “Flute Posture”
• Bands of America quarterly, May 2000, “Guide to Practice”
• GIA Quarterly, April 2002 “Praise Him With Flute”
• Bands of America quarterly, January/February 2002, “We Remember L.J.”