Caen Thomason-Redus, flute


Whether it is a recital of virtuoso baroque sonatas, a chamber concert of French impressionism or an entire program of unaccompanied contemporary African American music, Caen Thomason-Redus makes each performance a unique, engaging experience. Holding several principal flute positions, performing for two years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as their Minority Fellow, and teaching at universities such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Evansville (IN), he enjoys a diverse career of teaching, performing and recording. Caen has had the privilege of working with some of today’s great composers including Philip Glass, Gunther Schuller, Chinary Ung, Mario Davidovsky, Barbara Kolb, David Maslanka and Robert Beaser, and recently premiered works by Shawn Okpebholo and Carlos Rafael Rivera. He recorded The Flute Collection and the Moyse Collection of Flute Classics, a total of five recordings and anthologies published by G. Schirmer, and later this year will be recording two albums of Latin and contemporary music for flute and guitar. He is professionally active with the National Flute Association, Early Music Now, the Center for Black Music Research, and is a Muramatsu Artist. Caen earned performance degrees from Rice University and the University of Redlands (CA) and did additional studies at the University of Michigan and the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria. His primary instructors were Leone Buyse, Candice Palmberg and Yaada Weber. He is married to hornist Kristi Crago and they enjoy spending lots of time with their three young children.

Apprentice applications:

-2 contrasting selections or movements from a concerto, sonata or other significant solo work
-5 orchestral excerpts including at least one on piccolo
– Entire recording must not exceed 20 minutes