Dr. Vincenzo Volpe
Vincenzo Volpe (b. 1995) received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2023. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed a semester of his undergraduate degree at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen.
A passionate performer, Vincenzo began his career as fife specialist with the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, D.C in 2023. He was previously the visiting principal flutist of Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green from 2019 to 2023 and a flutist of the Queen City Chamber Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2019 to 2021. He is also a substitute flutist for the New World Symphony and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
As a competitor, Vincenzo is the winner of the inaugural 2022 William Winstead Competition for Artistry in Wind Playing at the College-Conservatory of Music. Vincenzo has also won concerto competitions with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra and the Case Western Reserve University Orchestra.
On the international stage, Vincenzo has performed in Europe, North America, and South America, including appearances at the (American) National Flute Association Convention, Canadian Summer Flute Festival, and the International Festival of Flutists in Lima, Peru. He is a previous fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Miami Classical Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and International Lyric Academy in Vicenza, Italy.
Vincenzo also enjoys working as an arts administrator. He was previously a graduate assistant at the College-Conservatory of Music Admissions Office from 2019 to 2023 and the Program Director of a non-profit music and arts organization called Lives United/Vidas Unidas in Mount Auburn, Cincinnati from 2021 to 2023.
Vincenzo’s academic research focuses on the history and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in classical music. He has staged full recitals of music by queer composers and completed a doctoral lecture-recital about flute music written in reaction to the AIDS epidemic.
Vincenzo is the organizer of the National Flute Association’s annual LGBTQ+ Flute Choir, which made its debut in August 2022. Vincenzo aspires to teach flute at a university and continue his LGBTQ+ related research and performance.
Vincenzo’s previous teachers include Demarre McGill (Seattle Symphony Orchestra), Heather Verbeck (Arc Ensemble), Nora Shulman (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Mary Kay Fink (Cleveland Orchestra), Katherine DeJongh (Canton Symphony Orchestra), Ulla Miilmann and Russ Itani (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), and George Pope (Akron Symphony Orchestra).