Michelle Batty Stanley is a flutist that plays wholeheartedly and teaches with a limitless excitement for flute and music.
Dr. Stanley is Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado State University where she teaches flute and chamber music. Michelle is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Michelle is a passionate performer and strong advocate of the musical arts. As an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, she enjoys an active and successful university flute studio. She is a regular international artist and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to Russia. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, Italy and Russia.
She is on the faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy and was founding member and teacher at the Cape Cod Flute Institute.
Michelle is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is principal flute for the Pro Musica chamber orchestra and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. She was the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet orchestra from 2008-2013. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2017, Minneapolis, 2016 San Diego, 2012 in Las Vegas, 1999 in Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013), and Music Teachers National Association State and National conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent 5 seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.
Dr. Stanley is the Director of the innovative and ground-breaking arts entrepreneurship and leadership degreeprogram called the LEAP Institute at CSU in Fort Collins. This undergraduate minor and Masters degree teaches students to develop their own arts careers and expand the creative economy through leadership, entrepreneurship, advocacy and the connection to the public.
As an active chamber musician, Michelle is a founding member and performer with the Sonora Chamber Duo that regularly performs and commissions chamber music for flute and cello. She has commissioned and premiered over 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006.
Michelle is also the flutist in the flute and guitar duo, Quatra Duo with guitarist Jeff LaQuatra. They have upcoming concerts in 2018/2019 in California, New Mexico and a two-week tour in China. Their upcoming CD will be released by Parma Records in early 2020.
In addition to her active performance career and administration work through LEAP, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Learning called ‘Music Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music’. This text is used at CSU for over 3000 students per year.
Michelle received a M.M and D.M.A in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with the inspiring Ann Cherry. Michelle was the President of the Colorado Flute Association and program chair for the Association's annual Flute Celebration from 2002-2004 and is currently the College Events Chair for the CFA.
Dr. Stanley is a ‘Best Teacher’ nominee at CSU and was named a Writing Fellow for the AY 2012/2013 for her research on writing for Music Appreciation students at CSU.