Biography of Flutist Judith Sherry Braude
Since winning the N.J Masterworks Foundation “Young Artist Competition”, flutist Judith Sherry Braude has pursued a successful and multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. She recently released her first solo cd entitled The Twelve G.F. Handel Flute Sonatas (available on the cdBaby label) which was reviewed in the popular flute magazine “Flute Talk” as “a valuable resource to the studio teacher and flutists of all ages.”
Ms. Braude made her concerto debut in North Jersey as a concerto soloist with the Livingston (NJ) Symphony Orchestra in the Mozart D Major Flute Concerto. She went on to perform as a recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician throughout Northern NJ and the NY metropolitan area. While still living in North Jersey as a member of the New Jersey State Opera Orchestra she performed on national network NBC TV and at Carnegie Hall. Upon relocating with her family to the Philadelphia-South Jersey area, as a member of the Atlantic City Woodwind Quintet she performed on public TV/radio and concertized throughout South Jersey. Subsequently Ms. Braude appeared at the National Flute Association’s Philadelphia Convention..
After moving to Massachusetts, Judy performed extensively as a freelance orchestral flutist with many local and regional Massachusetts orchestras —such as the New Bedford Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony-by-the-Sea, the Arts Jubilee Festival Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Symphony Pro Musica, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and others—- throughout the New England area. She also served for over a decade on the flute faculty of the Boston Conservatory in the Special Programs Division where she premiered many new works by her colleague, the composer Edward Sibilia. During this time Judy collaborated as a member of the Walden Duo to record a CD of the “Thoreau Family Flute Duets” while also working to edit and arrange for its publication with Falls House Press. Judy also appeared regularly as a soloist with local orchestras and musical groups such as the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, the Salem Philharmonic, the Reading Symphony, the Reading Civic Concert Band and the Harvard Musical Association Sight-Reading Orchestra. She continued to perform as a chamber musician throughout the New England area as a member of “Silverwood”.
In recent years, Judy has focused on further developing her solo career. In January 2007 she appeared with the Salem (MA) Philharmonic in the world premiere of Jeffrey Brody’s “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” which she commissioned. Subsequently, Ms. Braude, the Music Director of the Salem Philharmonic Alan Hawryluk, and the composer Jeffrey Brody receive a prestigious commission from the Brannen-Cooper Fund (2008) for Jeffrey to write a full length Flute Concerto for Judy and the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra. The Brody “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra” was premiered in January of 2009 with the composer conducting the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra and Judy Braude performing the flute part . It was subsequently performed again by Judy with Jeffrey Brody conducting the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra in February of 2009 and in North Carolina at the “Wildacres Flute Retreat” in June of 2009 by Judy in a flute and piano version. In 2013 Judy performed her third world premiere of a Brody piece for flute and orchestra entitled “Suite in Olden Style”. ( see the media page for audio tracks of two of the movements from this work and the Home page for a video of the performance)
Both the Brody “Flute Concerto” and the Brody “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” received two additional performances in recital by Judy with Jeffrey Brody at the piano on the “Taylor House Concert Series” in Jamaica Plain, MA sponsored by the JP Cultural Commission in November of 2008 and also at the 2009 WMFC Flute Master Class in Bethlehem NH in August of that year.
Additional solo engagements by Judy have included a performances of the “Chaminade Concertino” with the Reading Civic Concert Band under the direction of Music Director Lucinda Ellert; a solo performance with the “Montclair Bach Festival Orchestra” of the Brandenburg Concerto #5 ; and several other concerto performances of the Reinecke Flute Concerto, the Griffes Poem, the Ibert Flute Concerto, the Devienne Flute Concerto in E Minor, and the Mozart G and D Major Flute Concerti with Boston area community orchestras. In addition Judy has given several solo recitals for the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia; a chamber music concert on the Mount Washington Resorts’ “Classical Music Series”; several solo recital appearances on the “King’s Chapel Recital Series” in Boston; and solo recital appearances at the Andover, Somerville and Reading Libraries in Massachusetts and at the Bloomfield, and Camden County Public Libraries in New Jersey. Upcoming this February ( 2013) is a second performance (following her first successful performance last year at the Reading Memorial Library) of a children’s program at the North Reading Library of “The Dancing Flute Program” she has developed which teaches young listeners the basic elements of music using the Handel Flute Sonatas as examples.
Throughout her career, Judy has also remained active as a flute teacher. She is currently serving on the flute faculty of the Creative Arts Community Music School in Reading , MA; teaches flute for the Andover Public Schools; and also maintains a large and flourishing private flute studio in her Andover home. Her students consistently receive District and All-State recommendations; are active in Boston area youth symphony orchestra programs; and one of her young Suzuki flute students was honored to have been chosen to perform with Sir James Galway and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Sir James’ 70th Birthday Gala Concert at Tanglewood (August 2009). (Judy is a certified Suzuki flute teacher.)
Judy received her formal education at Ithaca College where she was awarded a B.S in Music Education and at the University of Illinois where she received her Master of Music in Flute Performance. Her flute teachers have included David Berman, Charles Delaney; Julius Baker, Maurice Sharp privately; , and she has studied in Master Classes with Marcel Moyse, Trevor Wye and most recently Stephen Preston and Goran Marcusson. Judy and her husband Eric currently reside in Andover, MA with their two cats, Oliver-an orange tabby and Molly-a calico tabby.