I am a mostly self-taught artist and professional flutist. I began painting with oils in 2002 as a high school art class project and have been painting ever since. My formal training is as a flutist–I earned my Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduating in 2008, and realizing that I did not want to pursue a full-time music career, I began focusing more on my art, painting regularly and seeking opportunities to show my work in galleries and at art festivals. My work has been shown at numerous events including the Boneyard Arts Festival, the Indi Go Gallery in Champaign, Il, the Salt Fork River Art Festival, and the Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts where her art was awarded an honorable mention. I am also a freelance flutist and private flute teacher in Urbana, Illinois.
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Grammy, Tony, & Emmy winning cellist and Broadway veteran, Barbara Hedlund enjoys a rich, active, widely varied career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, recitalist, orchestral musician, fine arts administrator, university professor, music librarian, editor/publisher, adjudicator, and associate producer for Public Radio & Television.
She is listed in the Marquis Directories of "Who's Who in America", "Who's Who in the Midwest", "Who's Who of American Women", "Who's Who in American Universities", the International "Who's Who in Music and Musicians Directory", "Who's Who in the World", the National Register's "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals" edition & "America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals", plus the Cambridge directory for "Who's Who Among Executive & Professional Women.
She currently performs as: Principal Cellist: Champaign Urbana Symphony, Danville Symphony, Prairie Ensemble, Sugar Creek Opera Festival, Heartland Festival Orchestra & previously for the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera.
As an arts administrator, she is a founder and member of the Urbana Public Arts Commissioner, the Executive Director/Owner/Founder of 1st Choice Music Services & VCello Music Publications, Orchestra Personnel Manager for The Prairie Ensemble & Heartland Festival Orchestra, adviser to area orchestras, administrator for the Strings Festivals at Eureka College, Co-Founder & Producer of the former Mills Breast Cancer Institute Weekly Music Series (2007-12) plus numerous area ensembles and performance series.
As an educator, she is an Instructor for the UI OLLI program, Strings Festivals at Eureka College, & Cellobration Studios.
Her awards include shared Emmy, Tony, Grammy, & Gran Prix du Disque Awards, the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Honoree, Nominations for the IL Governor's Arts Award & 40 North Ace Awards, and others.
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