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UND Flute Studio
The Flute Studio at the University of North Dakota offers a comprehensive music education for excellence in all aspects of playing the flute as well as in overall musicianship. In addition to personalized individual instruction and weekly flute studio classes, students have diverse opportunities to perform in award-winning large ensembles, various chamber ensembles, and as soloists.
A flute degree at UND offers:
- Undergraduate scholarships, graduate assistantships, and graduate tuition waivers.
- Weekly lessons and studio classes with Dr. Bost.
- Chamber music coaching and performance in the UND Flute Ensemble.
- Specialized instruction in flute performance, pedagogy, and literature that is tailored towards your major and your personal goals.
- A comprehensive approach to prepare students for the diverse demands of a career in music.
- Solo and ensemble performance opportunities on and off campus.
- Access to the Music Department’s high-quality piccolos, new Trevor James black nickel alto flute, and new Pearl bass flute.
- Recitals, masterclasses, and workshops with world-renowned guest artists.
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education
- Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Master of Music in Flute Performance
- Master of Music in Music Education
- Master of Music in Pedagogy
- Ph.D. in Music Education
Meet the Studio
Meet the UND Music Flute Studio
Flutist, composer, and improviser Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg teaches flute at the University of North Dakota and directs the UND Flute Ensemble. In demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, she has performed across the United States and Europe and is the flutist of the InterSpheres Trio. Strongly committed to teaching, Bost-Sandberg appreciates the strength of character, dedication, and enthusiasm of her UND students, and she enjoys helping them build their skills and realize their goals on their chosen paths.
Masters, Flute Performance
What do you love about the UND Flute Studio? I love how many flutes there are! Coming from a studio of one or two, this is a great experience and so much fun to be a part of!
What is your favorite musical memory or experience? My favorite musical memory is when I was on band tour in Washington, D.C. in high school. We played on the lawn of Capitol Hill, and it was the most amazing experience to be there sharing music with complete strangers. It was one of my first performances out of my hometown.
What advice do you have for future music majors? You CAN do it! It might be harder than you think, but it is completely worth it. The power of music can change the world.
What are some fun facts about you? I have an identical twin who is also getting her masters in music performance, and I have worn glasses since I was nine months old.
Senior, Music Education
West Fargo, ND
How did the flute become your instrument of choice? My mom played flute and my dad played saxophone, so I learned both.
Who are your favorite composers, or what is your current favorite flute piece? My favorite composer is Howard Shore.
What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? To never make assumptions.
What are some of your interests outside of music? Writing, gaming, and cooking.
Senior, Music Education
Mandan, North Dakota
Why did you decide to attend UND? I decided to attend UND because of the faculty here. I also had a feeling of home when I toured the campus for the first time.
How did the flute become your instrument of choice? I knew I wanted to play flute when I was very young. I heard the piccolo solo of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever at one of my Dad's band concerts and I wanted to do the same!
What is your favorite Grand Forks restaurant? Rhombus Guys
What are some fun facts about you? I am one of the Drum Majors for the Pride of the North Marching Band. I sang the National Anthem at a Colorado Rockies Game. I have been a Starbucks barista for four years.
Megan Lynn Anderson
Junior, Music Therapy
Grand Forks, ND
Who are your favorite composers, or what is your current favorite flute piece? Some of my favorite composers include Edwin Fissinger, Eric Whitacre, and Ēriks Ešenvalds.
What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? Music has taught me discipline, dedication, and true passion.
What advice do you have for future music majors? Take care of yourself and know your limits. You do not have to say yes to everything, but also be willing to try new things!
What are some fun facts about you? 1. I got a concussion from a timpani drum when I was thirteen. 2. I have traveled to Ethiopia, Africa, and plan to return someday. 3. I used to be the only female weight lifter in my middle and high school, and I was able to bench press 180lbs and leg press 450 lbs when I weighed only 100 lbs and stood 5’ 1” tall.
Junior, Music Therapy
What do you love about the UND Flute Studio? My favorite thing about our studio is that we are like a family. Everyone understands your flute struggles and helps you to succeed. They are always there for you when you need them, whether it be flute-related or not.
How did the flute become your instrument of choice? Flute was my instrument of choice from a young age. I had two babysitters as a child and both of them played flute. They would often bring it with them because they were coming from rehearsals, and I would get to try it. I was in love with the flute from then on, and I couldn’t wait to get to 6th grade and start learning how to play.
What advice do you have for future music majors? My advice for future music majors is to work really hard for what you want. Take theory and aural skills seriously and don’t slack off on your practice for lessons. Go to as many recitals as you can. That’s where you are able to hear your classmates’ talents, a piece you may want to play, or how you could incorporate something they are doing into your own technique. Never be afraid to learn something from your classmates—they are just as important as your teachers. Otherwise, have fun! Enjoy the little concerts Dr. Berry has you do, have jam sessions at 2AM, and eat ice cream for dinner one night. These are the people you are going to see day in and day out, so get to know them and enjoy your time here.
What are some of your interests outside of music? My interests outside of music are reading, crocheting, and spending time with friends.
Junior, Music Education
What do you love about UND Flute Studio? I love the feeling of camaraderie that we all have with each other.
What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? The most valuable lesson I have learned is that everyone's music preference is like getting a glimpse into who they truly are as a person.
What are some of your interest outside of music? Some interests I have are hiking, kayaking, dancing, and reading.
What is your favorite Grand Forks restaurant? The old Red Pepper
Sophomore, Music Performance
What do you love about the UND Flute Studio? First off, I love how invested Dr. Bost is in all of us. Second, I like that, although we all have such distinct personalities, we can always come together with our common denominator, the flute, and work to make great music.
Who are your favorite composers, or what is your current favorite flute piece? My favorite flute piece right now is the Aaron Copland Duo for Flute and Piano. It's so complex with the exchange between the flute and piano, and it's just such a cool piece.
What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? Perseverance. Failure is a natural and horrible experience, but after those failures I have seen the greatest improvement in my playing, as I have tried to learn what I can do better for the next audition or performance.
What are some fun facts about you? I have been to Iceland. I drink coffee with every meal (plus in between meals). Also, I love cats.
Sophomore, Music Education
Why did you decide to attend UND? In brief: the great and helpful faculty and staff, the good program, “North Dakota nice,” and I have relatives nearby while not living at home.
What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? Hard work pays off, and working with others is important
What are some of your interests outside of music? Art, reading, writing, camping, hiking, sports (for fun), knitting, rock climbing, church.
What is your favorite Grand Forks restaurant? Noodles and Company
Freshman, Music Education
What do you love about the UND Flute Studio?Everyone is very helpful whenever I have questions or need help. They are all very welcoming; they include everyone.
How did the flute become your instrument of choice? My mom played the flute when she was in high school, and it was a good fit when I started to try out instruments in fifth grade.
What advice do you have for future music majors? Don't be scared to do what you enjoy.
What are some fun facts about you? I have been to 9 countries (not including the US and Canada). My family owns a grocery store. I graduated in a class of 4.
Concerts, Masterclasses, and Workshops with Guests Artists
- Hannah Porter Occeña - March 2019
- Debora Harris - Fall 2018
- Robert Dick - visiting April 2018
- Danilo Mezzadri - March 2018
- Rachel Haug Root - March 2017
UND ensembles include:
- Wind Ensemble
- University Band
- Chamber Orchestra
- Flute Ensemble
- Mixed chamber ensembles
- New music ensembles
- Musical pit ensembles
- Pride of the North Marching Band
Solo performing opportunities include:
- Flute Studio classes
- Student Showcases
- UND Flute Studio Recitals
- Solo recitals
- Project 88 Concerts
The Flute Alliance of the University of North Dakota
The Flute Alliance is a newly-formed student organization. This collective of flute players shares in their common interests to encourage proficiency in the arts and enhance members’ education through a culturally diverse and historically relevant set of skills and knowledge
- President: Alexis Schwinghamer
- Secretary: Sarah Curtiss
- Treasurer: Sierra Vasilakes
- Advisor: Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg
Would you like to learn more about the UND Flute Studio and Music Department?
Email us – we are happy to help!
- Instructor of Flute Dr. Lisa Bost
- Flute Studio students:
- Music Department Undergraduate Advisor Tammy Mulske
Would you like a lesson with Dr. Bost?
Dr. Bost is happy to offer a lesson to all prospective students. Send her an email to schedule it – she can meet you either in person or via Skype!
Would you like a tour?
Schedule a UND campus tour.
Email Dr. Bost to schedule a UND Music Department visit. Depending on schedule this visit may be able to include a lesson with Dr. Bost, a department tour, or sitting in a music class.
Are you ready to apply?
- Graduate Admissions
- Apply for a Graduate Assistantship
- Schedule an Audition by contacting Dr. Bost. See Audition Requirements .
Are you wondering what to take care of now that you have been accepted?
- Prepare for the Keyboard (Piano) Proficiency Exam if you would like to test out of one or more Keyboard Skills classes.
- Prepare for the Theory Placement Exam.
- Put the Music Orientation on your calendar.
- Email Dr. Bost about an Applied Lesson Placement Audition if you did not perform a Scholarship Audition.