Soloist Flutist Chicago
Michele McGovern is a soloist flutist Chicago residents may have heard performing with several different orchestras in the area, as well as on her YouTube and Vimeo channels. Michelle received a full scholarship for her bachelor and master’s degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. She graduated from the university with two degrees in Music Performance. It was then that this soloist flutist Chicago career started its direction, but things might have been much different without some encouraging words from the very talented musician, composer, teacher, arranger, and Chicago Symphony pianist, Melody Lord.
Those words from Melody Lord encourage Ms. McGovern to enter competitions as a soloist flutist Chicago performer. She won a number of 1st place awards, as well as the Farwell Award, which she won two times from the Musicians Club of Women as a soloist flutist Chicago recipient. From that point on Michele’s career began to blossom. As a soloist flutist Chicago musician, many highly-regarded orchestras invited her to play as a soloist, such as Mozart's D Major Concerto, Mozart's Andante, Vivaldi's Il Gardellino Concerto, Vivaldi's La Notte Concerto, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for two flutes and violin (with flutist Mary Stolper and violinist Rachel Barton Pine), Lukas Foss' "For Toru" (Lukas Foss conducting). She would also record as a soloist for Saint Petersburg Camerata in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001. Michele also had a long engagement with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra as Principle Flute.
It was during this time that she took piano lessons from Melody Lord. Eventually, the renowned pianist and the soloist flutist Chicago musician would begin working together. Their twelve years of arranging, composing, and performing music together has provided some memorable arrangements, including a special arrangement of Carmen for the flute and piano, which Ms. McGovern and Ms. Lord would perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall in the Weil recital hall. Unfortunately, Melody Lord passed away before her time. However, Michele and Melody created at amazing arrangement of “Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (Mvt. #1)” together before she died. This gift has been shared with the world through an award-winning video entitled “Moonlight.”
The “Moonlight” video is based on a soloist flutist Chicago musician, who is in love and engaged to an outstanding pianist. While in Paris tragedy takes the flutists life, and leaves the pianist heartbroken. Michele plays the soloist flutist Chicago film watchers will know as Evelyn Reed the doomed musician. In addition to playing all of the flute music and acting in the video, Ms. McGovern also wrote the story and produced the film. It seems that her talents are just being recognized.
Michele has a YouTube and a Vimeo channel, which both have a respectable following. Ms. McGovern has five videos on her channel with a 6th video ready for release any day. The music in her videos is often described as crossover classical music. In fact, she has some rock arrangement of famous classical songs, as well as original work that offers a modern twist on classical sounds.