Paula Redinger has been playing the flute since she was 10 years old. She made her solo debut at the age of 16, with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She received her B.M. summa cum laude from the Boston University School of Music. While in Boston, Paula was a member of the wind trio Vista Winds, semi-finalists in the 1990 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. At Boston University she was granted the Boston University Woodwind Honor Award.
She received her M.M. from the University of Miami, where she won the University of Miami Concerto Competition in 1991. In 1992, she was a finalist for the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition in Texas. Paula held the post of Principal Flute in the Orquesta de San Luis, Argentina in 1991 and has played in the many orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 1992, 1993, and 1994.
Paula has played piccolo in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1998. She also enjoys the post of Principal Flute in the Arizona Opera, which she has held since 1999. In the summer of 2003, she joined the Utah Festival Opera Company as Principal Flutist. Her solo performances include appearances with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta de San Luis, Argentina, and numerous recitals about the United States. Other prior endeavors include her appearance on the Catalina Chamber Orchestra’s first recorded compact disc where she was principal flutist, and regular performance with guitarist Judson Armstrong as Duo Rosa del’Oro. She currently has the unique opportunity to participate in Tucson’s “Opening Minds Through the Arts” program as part of a wind trio in residence at local kindergartens. This program uses music to teach and reinforce the students’ core curriculum.
When not playing her flute, Paula enjoys riding her motorcycle up Mount Lemmon.
When did you start playing the flute? Age 10
Why did you choose your instrument? I have no idea! Maybe because my older sister played the flute.
Are you from a musical family? My older sister played the flute, and my little brother played the sax in band, but my parents did not play any instruments.
What makes your instrument special? It's gold! Plus my grandfather bought it for me, which was very generous and special.
How much do you practice? Several hours a day.
How long have you played your instrument? 30 years!
Guilty musical secret? Am I allowed to say this? For the most part, I don’t like listening to string quartets. Gasp! I think they sound like a giant harmonica.
Most embarrassing musical moment? One time we were playing a runout in Green Valley. I brought my dog in the car, because he was afraid to be left alone in the house. The back door of the hall was left open, and everyone on stage could hear my dog barking loud and clear!
What would your career be if you hadn’t chosen to be a musician? Probably a veterinarian.
Hobbies? Motorcycling, cooking (and eating!), hiking
Favorite composers? Which ever one I’m playing this week.
Hometown? Vernon, CT
Favorite pet? “Freckles” my Dalmatian! She’s the best!