March 12, 2021: "Pedagogical Perspectives: The Role of a Caring, Creative Teacher in a Flutist’s Path to Recovery”

12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Dr. Angela Galestro



Professional flutist Angela Galestro sought help from the medical community for over a year before finally being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition that threatened to end her career. Angela breaks down the stereotypical wall surrounding injuries and illnesses affecting musicians. She provides the human side of what happens when our bodies begin to fail us, and how thanks to the unwavering support, creative guidance and care of one music professor, her story –and performing career continue to inspire.

Dr. Angela Galestro, flutist, is a native of Sarasota, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio in 2014 and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Shenandoah Conservatory where she studied with world-renowned flutist Jonathan Snowden. She served as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio at Shenandoah from 2014-2018 where she taught applied lessons, was director and conductor of the Flute Ensemble, gave masterclasses on flute history and development, and instructed classes on scales, technique and sight-reading for undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and artist diploma level flutists. Angela also serves as Instructor of Flute at the Sarasota Music Conservatory and has recently been appointed Director of the Gulf Coast Flute Choir.

Angela has notable professional experience performing around the world in cities throughout the USA, Europe, and South America. She has played flute, piccolo, and alto flute professionally in symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, musical theatre, and chamber music ensembles including multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.

Angela performs regularly with her husband, guitarist Jonathan Lee Smith, in the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble GS Duo. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music. Most recently, GS Duo won second place in The American Prize Chamber Music Competition making them the only two-person chamber music ensemble to earn a top prize in this category.

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