"Berkner, a versatile performer...(and) outstanding musician" Flute Talk Magazine
"..wonderfully charming…magnificently performed.” ClevelandClassical.com
An engaging and charismatic flutist, Jane Berkner has been delighting audiences with creative and diverse programs for over twenty five years, both from the stage and as a concert presenter. She has been on the Ohio Touring Artist's Roster since 1992, first with the flute and harp duo Berkner & Bell and later as a solo artist, performing in recital series and school concerts across the state. She has performed with the Akron, Ashland, Canton, Youngstown and Tuscarawas Symphony Orchestras, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, O’Neil Chamber Players, Garth Newel Chamber Players, Cuyahoga Valley Chamber Players and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. She has played for touring shows at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and the Porthouse Theater at Blossom Music Center, as well as the Botzum Summer Festival Orchestra, Singers Companye, Summit Choral Society, Akron Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ohio & Erie Canal Opera, and Prism Projects in New York City. She has also performed in Musica dal Mondo – Perugia and Voci e Organi dell’Appennino in Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Her CD with pianist Kim Bakkum, “In Cynthia’s Garden” was released in 2007 and described by Cleveland Classical as “wonderfully charming…and magnificently performed.” The two have appeared in concert halls across the Midwest, as well as Sere Musicale and Corofest in Assisi, Italy. They have performed for the National Flute Association and with the Singers Companye at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
Having worked with guitarist Stephen Aron in numerous projects for over a decade, together they formed AronBerkner Duo, and are presenting concerts across the US and Europe. Their first CD, Tropicale was released on the Clear Note label in 2012. Soundboard Magazine says of the duo: “both…are gifted with lovely tone, exceptional technique, and a sense of unanimity that bespeaks much experience playing together.” They have presented concerts and classes at the Eastman School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, Ithaca College Conservatory, and the Crane School of Music in New York, as well as for the National Flute Association. Their performances in Italy led to the formation of a summer music festival in Assisi, Suonare in Italia.
Ms. Berkner is currently on the faculties of Ashland University and The Music Settlement in Cleveland, and taught at The University of Akron for twenty five years. A dynamic clinician, judge and flute choir conductor at regional festivals and classes, she has been invited to perform and present workshops for National Flute Association conventions in Atlanta, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Chicago, as well as for the Dana Flute Festival, NE Ohio Flute Association, and the East Carolina Flute Symposium, among others. The Greater Cleveland Flute Society Newsletter said of her, "Fun, outgoing, friendly, organized, direct, talented and thoughtful are some of the adjectives describing Jane Berkner…at Flute Festival 2011.”
Recognized for her expertise as a Flute Choir Director, in 2014 she was named by The National Flute Association’s Flute Clubs and Choirs as one of five Outstanding Flute Choir Directors. She was Coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Flute Choir from 2001 to 2006, and is currently the Director of a summer Flute Choir Camp for adults at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. While Director of the University of Akron Flute Ensemble, the group was invited to perform for the National Flute Association in 2006 and 2014, and also performed for the Central Ohio Flute Association and the Dana Flute Festival. They performed in concert with jazz flutist Nestor Torres, and in 2010, she took the group on a performing tour of Italy. She was Director of the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association’s Flute Ensembles from 1994 to 2014, and coordinated an All Ohio Flute Choir Concert for the NFA in 2000.
Founder and Flutist of the O’Neil House Concert Series, she was also Assistant to the Program Chair of the National Flute Association. She was Executive Director for Music at the Farmstead, a summer festival concert series in the Cuyahoga Valley, and from 2011 to 2015 she was Director of Arts and Enrichment for the Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, creating concerts and cultural events for the Park. She has served on the board of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network, and is currently on the Board of The Chamber Music Society of Ohio. Jane became a correspondent for Clevelandclassical.com in 2014, writing reviews for musical events across NE Ohio.