Marissa Stygles is a Guest Musician of the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina, and a Substitute Flute for The Cleveland Orchestra. She received her Master of Music degree in Flute performance at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina.
While at CIM, she studied under Joshua Smith, Principal Flute of The Cleveland Orchestra and she was an Artist-in-Residence at Judson Manor, a retirement community in University Circle. During her residence there, she was featured on the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday morning news, on the Sirius XM Radio show “American Voices with Bill Bradley,” and in The New York Times. Marissa often served as principal flute of the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Marissa graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree. While at USC, Marissa studied with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. Marissa went on tour to China with the USC Wind Ensemble, in addition to recording a CD with the Naxos label.
I enjoy teaching best when I focus on what is most interesting and exciting for my students. I strongly encourage daily practicing and will work with you to find your musical identity while maximizing your strengths and building on your weaknesses.
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that each student deserves encouragement to develop a strong foundation in music. Once the basics are established, each student should be challenged and motivated to widen the breadth of their skills.