Carmella Cao

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With NSA Since:

  • 2016


  • Flute


  • Private Lessons

Carmella Cao, flute

Flutist Carmella Cao received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a graduate assistant and scholarship recipient. She taught music appreciation and worked as an assistant to Dr. Jennifer Grim, the flute professor. Her work with the university included coaching the UNLV flute ensemble and repertoire classes for the flute studio as well as teaching flute lessons to numerous undergraduate students. Currently, Carmella maintains a private flute studio in Las Vegas and is a part-time instructor actively teaching music appreciation and flute lessons at the College of Southern Nevada.

As an avid supporter of new music Carmella commonly premiers and performs contemporary works. She has most recently performed several of the world’s leading composer’s works as part of composer Virko Baley’s new music concert series, NEXTET. In addition, Carmella attended the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (IFCP) held at Mannes College where she performed and coached in small ensembles and chamber concerts featuring works by 21st century composers, Jennifer Higdon and Elliott Carter.

Aside from performing chamber music, Carmella has played with some of the premier Reno, Tahoe, and Las Vegas groups. To name a few, she has performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, TOCCATA, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Henderson Symphony. She was also a past-featured soloist with the University of Nevada, Reno Orchestra. In New Orleans, LA in 2013 Carmella was chosen as a Masterclass Performer at the National Flute Association Convention. She performs regularly on the Las Vegas strip with the legendary Cuban guitarist, Rafael Sanchez.

Prior to beginning the UNLV doctoral program, Carmella spent a year studying with world-renowned flutist, Jean Ferrandis, at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot,” where she pursued a performance certification and took a crash course in learning the French language. Carmella also holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated magna cum laude and was the Outstanding Graduate of Fine Arts in Music.

Carmella is interested in contributing to the musical community and does so by participating in several organizations. For example, she is acting Treasurer of the Las Vegas Flute Club helping to write grants and has provided lessons for need-based students as part of the LVFC scholarship program. For the 2012 National Flute Association’s Annual Convention she was Assistant Volunteer Coordinator helping to organize and run events. Carmella is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key Honor Society, and Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society.