Bruce Erskine, professor of flute, received his B.A. and M.M. degrees from the State University
of New York at Stony Brook and studied flute with Samuel Baron, Philip Kaplan and
He was principal flutist of the United States Air Force Band of the East, principal
flutist of the Opera Memphis Orchestra and flutist for the Tennessee Summer Symphony.
As a freelance musician he has performed with many national Broadway show companies.
Currently he is the flutist with the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and principal flute of the Eroica Ensemble. Mr. Erskine has performed throughout
the United States including performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in
New York City and at National Flute Association Conventions. He has also performed
in Turkey, Cyprus, Ireland and South Africa, and has given masterclasses at the Royal
College of Music in London and the College of Music in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Erskine has been on the faculty of the University of Memphis since 1976 and has
taught at the Hartt College Summer Youth Program and the Tennessee Governor’s School
for the Arts. A clinician and adjudicator, he has judged many all-state festivals
as well as contests for the National Flute Association and the Music Teachers National
Association. Bruce Erskine also served as chairman and coordinator of the Newly Published
Music Competition of the National Flute Association for four years.