Wendy Herbener Mehne, Professor of Performance Studies at the School of Music, was recently named to the National Flute Association's Board of Directors. She has previously served the National Flute Association as their Secretary and a member of their Excutive Board.
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 6,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, and in performance. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.
Herbener Mehne was a 1995-1996 Dana Teaching Fellow and the 2004 London Sabbatical Scholar. She is a member of the Ithaca Wind Quintet, one of the School of Music’s resident faculty ensembles, and co-principal flutist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
With Pulitzer prize-winning composer, Steve Stucky, and colleagues from Ithaca College and Cornell University, she was a founding member of the new music group, Ensemble X. Together they made recordings of chamber music by Steven Stucky, Judith Weir, and John David Earnest. Dr. Mehne has been a guest artist and given master classes throughout the United States and has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and at the Skaneateles Festival.
As a member of the Ithaca Wind Quintet, she gave the world premiere of Karel Husa's Cayuga Lake (Memories) at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Dana Wilson's Mirrors at the 1993 National Flute Association convention in Boston. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, national ACDA and SEAMUS conferences, the International Guitar Festival in Fort de France, Martinique, numerous National Flute Association conventions, and in broadcasts by affiliates of National Public Radio and Public Television.
Herbener Mehne is a contributing author for The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and the Instrumentalist, and has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Mark Records, and Open Loop labels. She has been secretary of the National Flute Association and served on their executive board. Dr. Mehne holds degrees from the University of Nebraska, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teachers include David Van de Bogart, Israel Borouchoff, Robert Willoughby, Richard Graef, and Robert Cole.