Get to know Kyrese
Kyrese Washington is a dynamic performer, teacher, and composer, who plans to earn their Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2022. As an active student, they have participated in the UNC Greensboro Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, Symphonic Band, Conducting Lab, and Sinfonietta Casella. They are the current Fraternity Education Officer of the Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, and serve as a member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Student Advisory Committee. Kyrese was also the recipient of the 2021-22 Presser Scholarship.
As an skilled performer, Washington has been a winner of the Raleigh Area Flute Association Review and Contest Competition consecutively for the past 3 years, and was runner-up for the National Association for Negro Musician’s Winds, Brass, and Percussion Scholarship Competition for the North Carolina Branch. As a member of the National Flute Association, Washington was one of six accepted into the Young Artist Mentorship Program. Also, they were selected as one of three musicians chosen as a winner of the 2021-22 UNC Greensboro Student Artist Concerto Competition with Carl Nielsen's "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra."
As a composer, they enjoy writing and arranging music for a variety of instruments and ensembles. Kyrese has premiered at least one of their original works at every recital they have given at UNCG. As a teacher, they teach private lessons at Music & Arts stores located in Greensboro and Burlington.
Currently they serve as principal flute of the Appalachia Wind Symphony and they regularly play with the Greensboro College Wind Ensemble. Their primary instructors are Dr. Erika Boysen and Dr. Tim Hagen. Additionally, they have studied under many other influential mentors such as Sonora Slocum, Dr. Catherine Ramirez, and Dr. Kelly Nivison.