"Fun, outgoing, friendly, organized, direct, talented and thoughtful are some of the adjectives describing Jane Berkner and her command of flute choir rehearsals at Flute Festival 2011.” - Greater Cleveland Flute Society Newsletter
“The depth of your pedagogical knowledge of your instrument is just remarkable, and your ability to communicate your concepts of embouchure, tone production, and phrasing makes a student feel very fortunate to have studied with you.” - Rich Shanklin, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Playhouse Square Orchestras and Professor Emeritus, The University of Akron
Having demonstrated success at teaching students of all levels, Jane Berkner has had students win regional and national awards including Masterclass Performers for National Flute Association, NFA High School Flute Choir, Northeastern Ohio Young Artist Competitions, Central Ohio Flute Association Competitions, and Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships. Her students have been members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Akron and Canton Youth Orchestras, and have won concerto competitions in these orchestras. Many former students are currently in successful careers as performers and educators.
Ms. Berkner has presented workshops for National Flute Association conventions, adjudicated events for Central Ohio Flute Association, Northeastern Ohio Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, Tuesday Musical, Erie Scholarships, and National Flute Association Young Artist. She has presented masterclasses and clinics for SUNY Potsdam, East Carolina Flute Symposium, the Dana Flute Festival, Central Ohio Flute Association, Northeastern Ohio and Greater Cleveland Flute Festivals, and the National Flute Association.
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. She was named by The National Flute Association’s Flute Clubs and Choirs as one of five Outstanding Flute Choir Directors in 2014, 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.
Ms. Berkner’s major flute teachers include Geoffrey Gilbert, George Pope, Martha Aarons and Jeffrey Khaner. www.janeberkner.com