Jill Felber

Brass & Percussion Program

Office Location

Music Building #2314


Area Head, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Program


JILL FELBER is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, dynamic flute recitalist, innovative chamber musician, legendary contemporary music specialist, and a distinguished flute professor who inspires and motivates students worldwide.
Jill Felber has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance.”  The British journal PAN writes, “Felber was stunning…not only refined but also full of fun.”  "The incredible flutist…the dazzling flutist…the radiant flutist Jill Felber" (The Independent, Santa Barbara), is known to excite audiences everywhere in concerts and recitals “played with flair" (The Los Angeles Times). “The outstanding American flutist Jill Felber” (Gazeta Rybnicka, Poland) is acclaimed worldwide for her “consummate musicianship” (Fanfare).
Ms. Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Brazil and the United States. Also a tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her and for her flute duo ZAWA!, and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over five hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records, BCM+D Records, and ZAWA!MUSIC.
In demand as a guest clinician because of her extraordinary motivational teaching style, Ms. Felber is Professor of Flute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned the Distinguished Teaching Award. Highly regarded by her peers around the world, Ms. Felber currently presents her popular EXTREME MAKEOVER: FLUTE EDITION and WHOLE FLUTES® seminars throughout the country and frequently tours with pianist Dianne Frazer, showcasing their arranged “Fusions” at conventions, flute societies and universities. Holding degrees from University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, Ms. Felber has taught on the faculties of Ohio University, Capital University, and Wright State University. Her teachers include Keith Bryan, Judith Bentley, Samuel Baron, and James Galway.
In addition to Ms. Felber’s remarkable career performing and teaching with creativity and passion, she is also an effective leader in the field of arts administration.  Having served as Chair of the Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Music Association and on the Board of Directors for Areon Flutes.  Professor Felber has been active in the National Flute Association, as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms, as Program Chair for the 1993 National Flute Association’s conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and on several committees. As a founding member of the Flute and Clarinet Duo Consortium, she was a member of its initial Board of Directors with a mission to commission new works for flute and clarinet.  Prior to moving to California, she served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. 
To purchase Professor Jill Felber's latest CD, Fusion, please visit the CD Baby website.


Jill Felber

Jill Felber's newest CD


Jill Felber, known for her stunning performances, has delivered solo recitals, chamber music and concerti on four continents. Premiering over 300 works for flute in chamber music settings, she is active with several commissioning consortiums. Currently Professor of Flute at University of California, Santa Barbara, Jill is in demand as Guest Artist/Teacher at major universities, conservatories and flute societies around the world.

Harpist Jane Rosenson has delighted audiences with her beautiful and engaging performances in the classical, popular, jazz arenas and as a recording artist. Currently the Solo Harpist with Opera Australia, Jane has performed and recorded with numerous ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Jeff Duff jazz/pop orchestra.

Our collaboration has spanned over many years beginning at the University of Michigan School of Music where we explored the flute and harp repertoire, presenting concert music by contemporary composers and creating our unique arrangements. May you be uplifted and touched, as we were while recording this music in the magnificent Sydney Opera House, as we gazed at the sparkling harbour with the sun dancing over the waves.

Jill and Jane


1 Claude Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
2 Gabriel Fauré: Apres un Rêve
3 Antonio Vivaldi: Largo, from Concerto No. 4 (Winter)
4 Otar Taktakishvili: Aria, from Sonata for Flute and Piano
5 Heitor Villa-Lobos: Aria, from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
6 Johann Sebastian Bach: Largo, from Sonata in B Minor
7 Philippe Gaubert: Madrigal
8 Gabriel Fauré: Morceau de Concours
9 Jules Massenet: Meditation, from Thaïs
10 Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod: Ave Maria
11 John Rutter: Aria, from Suite Antique
12 Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
13 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: On Wings of Song

Jill Felber performs on Miyazawa Flutes. Jane Rosenson performs on Lyon and Healy Harps Recorded by Tony David Cray at Sydney Opera House, February, 2007 Mixing and Mastering: Kathy Naunton, dB Mastering. Produced by Jill Felber and Jane Rosenson All arrangements by Jill Felber and Jane Rosenson Taktakishvili Aria: Permission for adaptation granted by G. Schirmer, Inc. Rutter Aria: Permission for adaptation granted by Oxford University Press For further inquiries: http://www.music.ucsb.edu/felbercds.html
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