Flutist Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the Tri-State area. She has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Music Festival. A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras. She made her Off-Broadway debut in the revival of Richard Rodgers' No Strings at NYC's Theatre Row in February 2020 and in the orchestra at Ohio Light Opera in 2019. She was principal flute of College Light Opera for four seasons while also serving as the orchestra manager, and performed with Rutgers Opera Theatre for three years.
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 regularly performs on traverso with the Rutgers Baroque Players.
She 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. She is a sought-after piccoloist, and has performed on piccolo with Southern Virginia Opera, Rockbridge Symphony, College Light Opera, and Rutgers Opera Theatre.
An active teacher, she has over ten years of experience with students of all ages and has multiple articles on pedagogy published in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. Dr. Thornton has presented masterclasses and recitals at several universities and is on faculty at Rutgers Community Arts. She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Flute Society and proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence University Alumni Association.
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.