Shelly Monier, flute
Dr. Shelly Monier enjoys an active career as an educator, solo flutist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. She is currently on faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she teaches applied flute and studio class, music appreciation, counterpoint, and conducts the flute choir. She also serves on faculty for St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dr. Monier keeps a demanding schedule outside of the university through maintaining a private studio and performing throughout the metro St. Louis area. She is a member of the professional flute ensemble ‘Calliope’ and the St. Louis Wind Symphony, where she has been a featured soloist with Mike Mower’s Concerto for flute and Charles Griffes’ Poem. Dr. Monier is in high demand for adjudicating competitions throughout the Midwest and is currently the president of the Flute Society of Saint Louis, a position she has held since 2011.
As an educator for the past 12 years, Dr. Monier has given concerts and master classes throughout the United States. Her students have achieved acclaim as first prize winners in competitions at the National and International level including the Central Ohio Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Saint Louis’ Young Artist Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, and the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Flute Audition. In addition, her students have been named finalists and prize winners in the Atlanta Flute Club Competition, Kujala International Piccolo Competition, Maverick Flute Soloist Competition, National Flute Association’s Orchestral Piccolo Audition, Oklahoma Flute Society’s Collegiate Competition, South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and various community and college Concerto Competitions. Furthermore, her college students have gone on to win positions with the New World Symphony, the Orchestra Now, and Regional Military Bands as well as have been offered graduate assistantships to attend respected music schools throughout the world. Her high school students have won principal seats in local area ensembles such as the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Webster Community School’s Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra, the Illinois and Missouri All-State Honors Orchestra and All-State Band, and the SIUe Bi-State Band.
Frequently admired as an advocate for non-profit organizations and flute choir, Dr. Monier established the SIUe Flute Choir in 2010 and is the former director of the FSSL High School Flute Choir. The SIUe flute choir has received raving reviews throughout the last decade and has been invited to perform at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018 as well as performing “Within” by Ian Clarke on a concert featuring Ian Clarke in 2014 at Southeast Missouri State University. Furthermore, Dr. Monier pioneered the annual Flute Day on the campus of SIUe, started the Flute Club of SIUe in 2012, and is one of the founding members of the Graduate Musicians' Organization at UNL. The mission behind both university organizations is to help promote quality musicianship and continuing education for the student body at each institution.
A native of Missouri, Dr. Monier received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a Master’s degree in Flute Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University. Her teachers include John Bailey, Kimberly McCoul Risinger, Mark Sparks, and Paul Thompson. She has received further coaching from Julius Baker, Ian Clarke, Michel Debost, Charles Delaney, Göran Marcusson, and Carol Wincenc.