Prize-winning flutist, Nave Graham, leads a versatile and fulfilling career as a solo and orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. Dr. Graham has been awarded first prize in numerous national competitions including the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, and the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She has also been a prizewinner in the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition hosted by the Houston Flute Club and the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition. She is also a past winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition for which she performed at the 37th annual NFA convention in New York City.
Ms. Graham has attended various reputable orchestral summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, the National Music Festival, and the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra. Ms. Graham has also played with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Queen City Chamber Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
As an advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Graham has attended various festivals dedicated to new music including the Toronto Creative Music Lab, New Music on the Point, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. She was also a 2016 fellow at the Bang on A Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Ms. Graham is also a founding member of All of the Above, a contemporary chamber music sextet devoted to creating unique and innovative musical experiences by collaborating with composers and challenging the traditions of the classical concert. All of the Above is an official Next Generation ensemble of Concert: Nova as well as the ensemble-in-residence at Xavier University. AOTA was also selected as the ensemble-in-residence for the 2017 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. All of the Above made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2017 and returned in October 2018. The ensemble will also release their first album on Ablaze Records in 2019. For more information on All of the Above, please visit www.aotaensemble.org.
In addition to performing, Dr. Graham is the Instructor of Flute at the University of Mississippi and previously held the position of Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also served as adjunct flute faculty at the CCM Preparatory Department and is a teaching fellow at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the summers. With a cognate in Ethnomusicology, she has conducted intensive research on Buddhist philosophy and psychology as it relates to music performance anxiety. She has presented lectures at the College Music Society Conference, the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Flute Society Festival, as well as Northern Kentucky University.
Nave Graham holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Randolph Bowman. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina where she studied with Jennifer Parker-Harley.