Flutist Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the New York City area. She has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Music Festival, and Southern Virginia Opera. A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras. Off-Broadway credits include Richard Rodgers' No Strings and Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife, both which of performed out of NYC's Theatre Row. Regionally, she has performed with the Ohio Light Opera, served as principal flute and orchestra manager of College Light Opera for four years, and performed with Rutgers Opera Theatre for three years. 


An active teacher, Dr. Thornton has over ten years of experience with students of all ages and has multiple articles on pedagogy published in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. She has presented masterclasses and recitals at several universities and is on faculty at Rutgers Community Arts. Dr. Thornton has been a featured performer at the New York Flute Fair, New Jersey Flute Fair, Wisconsin Flute Fair, and NJMEA, VMEA, and CBDNA conferences. Schuyler has performed in numerous masterclasses and ensembles across the US, and is a sought-after piccoloist.


Passionate about chamber music, Schuyler coordinated and performed in College Light Opera's inaugural and second annual chamber music series. An advocate of new music, she performed at the 2016 and 2017 Contemporary Music Festivals at JMU. Equally at home with early music, she performed on traverso with the Rutgers Baroque Players. She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Flute Society and proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Lawrence University's Alumni Association and New York Alumni Club. 


Schuyler earned her B.M. in Performance and B.A. in Government from Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, her M.M. in Performance from James Madison University, and her D.M.A. in Performance under the tutelage of Bart Feller at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.