Aryana Misaghi is a flutist, teacher, and arts administrator from Charleston, West Virginia. She is currently based in Huntington, West Virginia, while maintaining a private studio of 6th-12th grade flute students. As an advocate for contemporary music specifically out of Appalachia, Aryana has premiered works by David Williams, Logan Blackman, John Hedger, and Matthew Jackfert. She has performed in masterclasses for renowned musicians such as Paula Robison, Jeanne Baxtresser, Marianne Gedigian, Michael Hasel, and Karl-Heinz Schutz, among others. Recent projects have included a chamber recital of 20th century music, a guitar/flute duo recital tour throughout central Kentucky, and a chamber group residency in Vienna, Austria. Outside of classical music, she can be found on various studio recordings of pop music by other regional artists such as Maerz and The Family Plots. In addition to a full performance and teaching schedule, Aryana has worked as an arts administrator in many capacities. From 2015-2017, she served as the Music Director at the University of Kentucky's award-winning radio station, WRFL. In 2016, she completed a 4-month internship with the Vienna State Opera, where she worked in schedule coordination and operations. Aryana can be found teaching and performing throughout the tri-state region. She holds a B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky.
I enjoy working with people and finding out what makes each student “tick,” effectively communicating ideas and in turn listening to the student in order to develop trust between myself and my students. I customize each private lesson and curriculum to meet the needs of the individual student, maintaining high, yet realistic, standards for them. Furthermore, I hope to instill confidence and autonomy by allowing each student to be actively involved in selecting repertoire, critiquing performances of themselves and others, and organizing activities and projects. Not only do I focus on developing the fundamentals of proper flute playing but I also spend time working on the whole musician and person.