Flutist Mimi Stillman is an internationally acclaimed solo, chamber, and recording artist described by The New York Times as “not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar. Her programs tend to activate ear, heart, and brain.” Her performances include as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, and at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, and Verbier Festival.

Ms. Stillman is founding Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble (DSE), performing Baroque to new music with 55 world premieres in 15 seasons. She is an author on music and history, a media and radio host, and is highly regarded for expanding the repertoire through her commissions and arrangements. Her awards and prizes include the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Bärenreiter Prize for Historical Performance, and seven National Endowment for the Arts grants. A Spanish speaker, DSE's Música en tus Manos project engages the Latino community in chamber music. 

Ms. Stillman is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician. She has taught masterclasses at institutions including the universities of Texas, California, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the Eastman School of Music, and the National Flute Association. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (BM) and  from the University of Pennsylvania (MA). She is Artist-in-Residence on faculty at Temple University and Curtis Summerfest.

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In this episode, we talk to our flute teacher and mentor Mimi Stillman about having a lifelong relationship with music. She tells us about her experiences studying at the Curtis Institute of Music as a young flutist, as well as her time studying history at the University of Pennsylvania. We share our thoughts on going to a university versus conservatory and how having knowledge of other subjects influences our musicianship. We also discuss the difficulties of maintaining a practice routine and finding the joy in practicing for yourself.

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Mimi Stillman about exploring careers in music. She tells us about the beginnings of Dolce Suono Ensemble, and we share our hopes for interdisciplinary artistic careers. We discuss all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running an arts organization, and how our experiences serving as program assistants for DSE have helped us in running this podcast.