Dr. Michelle Stanley is Associate Professor of Music at Colorado State University where she teaches flute and is the Director of the Arts Management program.
Michelle is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Michelle is a passionate performer no matter the genre. She is a regular international artist and has enjoyed giving masterclasses and performances throughout the U.S., Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, Italy and Russia.
She has released three albums (Parma Records and Centaur Records); New Works for Flute (2006), Nouvelle Vie (2018) and Painted Music (2020). Nouvelle Vie was listed as best new classical recordings for Spotify and Gramophone said of Painted Music : “The performances throughout are immaculate – LaQuatra and Stanley are first-rate players individually but have great ensemble and mutual understanding.”
Michelle is a regular performer for 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 with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra from 2008-2013. She has presented and performed for numerous National Flute Conventions (2020, online, 2019, Salt Lake, 2018, Orlando, 2017, Minneapolis, 2016 San Diego, 2012 in Las Vegas, 1999 in Atlanta) and serves on committees for the organization. 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 on the faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy and was founding member and teacher at the Cape Cod Flute Institute.
As an active chamber musician, Michelle is the flutist in the flute and guitar duo, Quatra Duo with guitarist Jeff LaQuatra. They have performed throughout the U.S. and completed a two-week tour in China in fall of 2019. Their CD, ‘Painted Music’ was released by Parma Records in September of 2020. Michelle is also the 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 close to 15 works for chamber works with flute.