Flutist, Audrey Whartenby, is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Mary Kay Fink, principal piccolo of The Cleveland Orchestra. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miss Whartenby has studied under renowned flutists of the Pittsburgh area including Rhian Kenny, principal piccolo of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Andrei Pidkivka of the Harmonia World Music Ensemble.
Miss Whartenby plays on an untraditional flute with a wooden head joint and pursues an untraditional career, particularly in new music and extended techniques such as singing while playing and beatboxing. She is an avid chamber musician at CIM, seeking out many chamber groups outside of her degree requirements and a wide range of chamber instructors including oboist Elizabeth Camus, bassoonist Barrick Stees, trumpeter Michael Miller and pianist, Antia Pontremoli.
Miss Whartenby is an active member of the Cleveland community with regular performances at retirement communities through the professional music fraternity at CIM, Mu Phi Epsilon, where she currently serves as president. She also teaches flute lessons at the Cleveland School of the Arts through the CIM Community Service department.
Miss Whartenby has appeared as a featured soloist in performances with the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra and the University Circle Wind Ensemble and has also played side-by-side with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra. Miss Whartenby was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in their 2010-2011 Season, and toured Italy with the ensemble.