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Dr. Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the New York City area. She is currently the Lecturer of Flute & Director of Flute Ensemble at Muhlenberg College, and flutist for the North American Broadway tour of Les Misérables, performing on flute, piccolo, alto flute, and recorder. Pit orchestra credits include the recent Off-Broadway revivals of Richard Rodgers' No Strings and Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife with The J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company at NYC's Theatre Row, co-principal flute of the Ohio Light Opera, piccolo of the Southern Virginia Opera, co-principal flute of Rutgers Opera Theatre, and principal flutist and orchestra manager of the College Light Opera Company. Orchestral performances include principal flute and piccolo of the Rockbridge, Waynesboro, MidAtlantic Philharmonic, and Sewanee Music Festival symphonies. Schuyler has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Music Festival, and Southern Virginia Opera.


Passionate about chamber, early, and new music, Dr. Thornton is a founding performer of the annual Second Stage chamber music series in Cape Cod, and has performed at the Contemporary Music Festival at James Madison University and on traverso with the Rutgers Baroque Players. An active teacher, Dr. Thornton has over ten years of experience with students of all ages and abilities, 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 National Flute Association Conventions, the New York Flute Fair, New Jersey Flute Fair, Wisconsin Flute Fair, and NJMEA, VMEA, and CBDNA conferences. Schuyler has taught and performed in numerous masterclasses and ensembles across the US, and is a sought-after piccoloist.


Dr. Thornton proudly serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Flute Society, on the Alumni Board of the College Light Opera Company as Orchestra Representative, the Executive Board of Directors of both Lawrence University's Alumni Association and New York Alumni Club, and is a member of AFM's Local 802.


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


these are a few of my favorite things
(... The Sound of Music reference intended)



I can't choose just one! I'm so lucky that my career allows me to combine my two greatest passions. Most nights when I'm not performing, you'll catch me at a show or concert.




I'm trying to make it to all 50 states and 7 continents (6 and 5 to go, respectively)! Anyone need a flutist in Antarctica? 




I've always been a cat person. Be prepared to see many photos and videos if you ask me about my cats, and be sure to check out Benny's Instagram (yes, he tours)!

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