Alana Bean is a flutist and piccoloist currently living near Detroit, Michigan, where she teaches and performs. She is currently the director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Flute Ensemble. Her article, “Incorporating Improvisation into Your Practice Routine,” was published in the March 2016 issue of Flute Talk.
Alana earned her Master’s in Music- Flute Performance in May 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied flute with Jennifer Clippert and Caen Thomason-Redus. She graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Iowa, where she studied flute with Nicole Esposito, earning both high distinction and honors in music.
Additional flute instructors include Jeani Foster, Judith Ormond, Linda Chatterton, Polly Meyerding, and Linda Wadsworth. Alana has had masterclasses on flute and piccolo with John Thorne, Sonora Slocum, Matthias Maute, Amy Porter, Michel Bellavance, Nicola Mazzanti, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Geralyn Coticone, James Hall, and Rogerio Wolf. Her instructors on composition and improvisation include Chris Gainey, Seth Custer, Daniel Houglum, Amanda Schoofs, and Jeffrey Agrell.
In addition to her expertise in music, Alana has an intense interest in reading and writing, and runs her own tutoring and editing business, Bean Tutoring Services, LLC, with her husband, Nathaniel Bean. Check it out at beantutoring.com.