Music has proven to influence, impact, and captivate people throughout history and around the world, and as a musician, Gudipati wishes to do the same.
Meera Gudipati currently holds the co-principal flute position with the United States Coast Guard Band and the South Asian Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Gudipati was the acting principal flute with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Gudipati serves as the flute faculty for Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, and in the summer at the National Orchestral Institute & Festival.
As a musical ambassador for the United States and India, Gudipati performed in "Spirit of South Asia" a 2021 digital gitanjali (musical offering) by the musicians of the South Asian Symphony Orchestra. In Ocotber 2019, Gudipati traveled to Bangalore, India as principal flute for "Peace Notes," a four-hour concert celebration of peace in honor of the late Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.
In addition to exploring her South Asian heritage through performance, Gudipati incorporates Indian classical music in her compositions. Her commission by Lauren Williams, Ashakiran for Solo English Horn, draws on raag Bhairavi and can be heard on Jacqueline Leclair's album "Music for English Horn Alone". The Yale Music in Schools program commissioned Gudipati for a reed quintet, Kalyan’s Journey, featuring Indian raag Kalyan. Javārī Ratios for flute and electronics was commission by NYC flutist Leo Sussman, who premiered it online at The John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium.
An avid new music performer, Gudipati has commissioned several works for the flute. In 2021, Gudipati premiered Panacea, a Concerto for Live-Processed Flute and Wind Ensemble by Grant Luhmann. Gudipati also commissioned numerous works for solo flute including electronics by Soomin Kim, Samantha Wolf, and Ariel Horowitz. Gudipati aims to form a more meaningful new music experience. Gudipati's passion for the outdoors and music lead her to start MuseOut, which seeks to build a more welcoming hiking and new music community through collaborating with underrepresented composers and performers to perform concerts in nature.
Gudipati graduated with a masters in music degree from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Ransom Wilson and Marianne Gedigian respectively.
Gudipati won 1st prize in numerous national competitions including the Orchestral Audition Competition and Masterclass at the National Flute Association, the 2014 Kentucky Collegiate Flute Competition, and the Young Artist Competition at the 2013 Florida Flute Association Convention. As a freshman, she was selected as the Density 21.5 by Edgar Varèse competition winner and performed the solo in Bates Hall. In her senior year, Gudipati won the UT Regents Award in Arts and Humanities for the solo performance category. Additionally, Gudipati received an Honorable Mention from the YoungArts Foundation and MTNA.
During her summers, Gudipati performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, taught at Morse Summer Academy, was a Flute Teaching Assistant for the Brevard Music Festival, and performed Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens as a fellow with the Round Top Festival Orchestra.
With an enthusiasm for early music, Gudipati held the second traverso position with the Austin Baroque Ensemble and principal traverso with the UT Early Music Ensemble. An admirer of art, Gudipati performs in many museums in Austin and New Haven with various chamber music ensembles. Gudipati was born in Düsseldorf, Germany and grew up playing recorder, piano, and flute at the Clara-Schumann Musikschule. After moving to the U.S., Gudipati continued studying flute at the Peabody Preparatory with Rachel Choe and at the Colburn School of Performing Arts with Karen Lundgren.
As a musician, I believe that it is important to discover your own path, and I help my students find theirs through getting to know their interests, guiding them through listening examples, and exposing them to performance and professional opportunities. In lessons, I make sure that students have the skills to play with fluid technique, expressive sounds, informed phrasing, ergonomic body alignment, historical and theoretical background, and aural awareness. I think that these fundamentals play a vital role in expressing yourself as a musician, so I ensure that students make small and steady progress each week.
Gudipati currently serves as the Applied Flute Faculty for Wesleyan University and Connecticut College where she maintains diverse and engaging flute studios. Over the summer, Gudipati joins the National Orchestral Institute as faculty leading masterclasses and sectionals as well as performing with the orchestra. As an active masterclass technician, Gudipati appeared as guest teacher at Lamar University, Colburn Community School, and Fordham University.
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