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Eileen Yarrison

Music Department

Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Fields: Flute

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Email: eyarriso@holycross.edu
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Eileen Yarrison was the first flutist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. She also holds a MM from The Pennsylvania State University, and a BM from the University of New Hampshire.

Favorite moments in her musical career would have to include: commissioning, and making the world premiere of Brandon J Nelson’s Japanese Mythology Suite with the flute-clarinet-saxophone trio Triage, in 2016; playing Copland’s Appalachian Spring with The Orchestra on the Hill (TOOTH) in 2017; conducting the Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Association 2005 Convention, presenting four world premieres; standing in for each of her teachers at her three collegiate alma maters while they went on sabbatical leaves; representing the National Flute Association (NFA) on tour to Berlin, Dresden, and Prague; working closely with the composer Katherine Hoover while writing about her Medieval Suite; touring Ireland with the American (now International) Flute Orchestra; teaching and conducting nearly 20 years at the Summer Youth Music School of UNH, and making a “standing-room only” pedagogical presentation at the 1996 National Flute Association convention. Dr. Yarrison was awarded the Ruby Sword of Honor by the international women’s music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota for her work with the Eta Phi Chapter at Penn State University.

Eileen has performed in the flute sections of The Orchestra on The Hill (Ipswich, MA), the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA), the Omaha and Lincoln Symphony Orchestras (Nebraska), the Altoona Symphony, Centre Country Chamber Orchestra, and Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestras (Pennsylvania). A longtime fan of chamber music, she has enjoyed playing with colleagues in many combinations of instruments, including Baroque consort, harp, guitar, and strings.

Eileen has been the conductor of the New England Flute Orchestra (fka the Nashua Flute Choir) for twenty years. This ensemble has commissioned and premiered several works, traveled to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Washington, D.C. to perform for the NFA, has recorded three CDs, and has many videos on YouTube. She also leads Indian Hill’s Intergenerational Flute Choir, the All-City Flute Ensemble of Beverly, MA Public Schools, and LOCA Flute Ensemble of the North Shore.

Dr. Yarrison is also on the faculty of Gordon College, and the Indian Hill Music School.