Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
A versatile and passionate performer and educator,
Dr. Abigail Walsh performs with the Illinois
Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the Flute by the Sea Masterclass in
Matunuck RI and performs with pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang in Music Wall
Duo. She serves as Vice President of the West Michigan Flute Association.
Prior to her current position at GVSU, Abigail served as a full-time Applied Music Specialist at the University of Illinois Springfield where she taught flute, coached chamber music ensembles, and taught music general education courses. She has been an adjunct flute faculty member at Illinois College, the Hartt School, the Hartt School Community Division and the Ethel Walker School, as well as the flute teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She is the former Principal Flutist of Hartford Opera Theater, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and the Oskaloosa Symphony and has performed with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, as well as the Peoria, Millikin -Decatur, West Michigan, and Dubuque Symphony Orchestras. She has been the flute faculty artist at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hartt High School Intensive Instrumental Workshop, the UIS Flute Festival, and the Western Illinois University's Summer Music Institute.
A joyful and dedicated teacher and performer, Abigail gives master classes at universities, colleges and high schools and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly. She has performed at several National Flute Association conventions, the Florida, Wisconsin, Mid-Atlantic, Chicago, Iowa, and FNMC Flute Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids, Decatur and Taylorville Municipal Bands as well as with various groups at the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Around the Town Chamber Music Festival, Illinois College, University of Iowa, the Hartt School, and the University of Illinois Springfield. As an ambassador of new music, she is a member and performer in the Flute New Music Consortium. With Music Wall Duo partner, Pei-I Wang, Abigail performed 10 new works for flute and piano virtually and on tour with the Composers Alliance of San Antonio during the 2021-2022 calendar year.
First prize winner of the CanAmerican Flute Symposium Solo Artist Competition and the Valencia Awards Music Competition in 2021, Abigail has also been a prizewinner or finalist in the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition, the Washington Society Young Artist Competition, the University of Iowa's Concerto Competition, and the Emeritus Recording Competition.
Abigail holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms and John Wion. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa while studying with Tamara Thweatt, Robert Dick, and Tadeu Coelho. Other primary teachers include Betty Bang Mather, Trevor Wye, and Margaret Linnan Kegel.