Audra Ziegel is an active teacher and freelance performer in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Audra maintains a thriving studio of private flute students who regularly receive the highest ratings at solo-ensemble contests, earn seats in state and regional honor bands, and are seated "first chair" in their school band and orchestra. Audra loves working with students of all ages and ability levels to help develop each and every student into a strong and independent musician as well as foster a love of making music.
A winner of the 2018 National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, Audra is the co-principal flutist of the 2018 International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators (IFC3), and also formerly served as principal flutist of the Hunt Valley Symphony in Baltimore and the Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, Illinois. Audra has performed professionally with many other ensembles throughout Maryland and Illinois, including the Illinois Symphony, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Charm City Players, the Yang Ying Band, the Concert Band of Central Illinois, and the Kankakee Valley Symphony. She is currently on the faculty of The Music Space in Towson, Maryland and has adjudicated festivals such as the Maryland Senior All-State auditions, ILMEA Senior Honor Band auditions, and the Flute Society of Washington High School Flute Choir Competition. Recent engagements include a Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass at Tennessee Tech University, a clinic with the woodwind section of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), a performance on piccolo with the Towson University Chorale, and appearances as a featured soloist on the Towson University Faculty Chamber Music Recital Series.
Audra graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), earning a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance. She received her Master’s of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded a full graduate assistantship. During her graduate studies, Audra was the principal flutist of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony for two years and performed with them at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. She has also served as principal flute for the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, CCM Wind Orchestra, and CCM Chamber Winds. Audra’s primary teachers include Jonathan Keeble, Bradley Garner, Jack Wellbaum, and Roger Martin. In addition to the 2018 NFA Convention Performers Competition, Audra has been a prize winner in several competitions including the 2017 Flute Society of Washington Masterclass Competition and second place at the 2004 and 2005 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She was also a quarterfinalist in the prestigious National Flute Association Young Artist Competition in New York City in 2009. Audra has performed in masterclasses for Amy Porter, Aaron Goldman, Eva Amsler, and Randy Bowman.